First revealed at E3 2018 after years of speculation, Starfield is a new IP from Bethesda Game Studios. In fact, it's the company's first new IP in 25 years. While there will no doubt be some design elements similar to the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series, Starfield is also a completely new direction, abandoning medieval fantasy and post-apocalyptic settings for a game completely based in science fiction.
First Starfield trailer
We got the first Starfield trailer at E3 2021 during the Xbox and Bethesda showcase. You can check it out below.
The game is set to release on Nov. 11, 2022.
What is Starfield?
Starfield is a new IP and science-fiction RPG. Beyond that, we don't know much at this time. Bethesda initially released a teaser trailer for the game, showing a space station in orbit around a planet. You can check out the teaser below.
After a range of older leaked screenshots hitting the net, we now know a bit more after a few interviews and the E3 2021 trailer. We know that it's a single-player RPG, based on an advanced version of Bethesda's famed Creation Engine used in Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.
Starfield will dive into some of humanity's deepest questions.
The screenshot leaks (from earlier builds as far back as 2018) suggest that you'll be able to create your own spaceships. Which wouldn't be a huge surprise given that Fallout 4 allowed you to create your own settlements. The Creation Engine is modular by its very nature, and user-generated content remains a big draw for Bethesda's other tentpole franchises. Bethesda described Creation Engine 2 as "advanced," although exactly how it's advanced remains a bit of a mystery.
In recent interviews, exec producer Todd Howard described the game's art style as "NASA punk." The game is set 300 years into the future, and will sport familiar technology with near-future leanings. Bethesda is continuing its aggressive approach to lore building and depth, and Starfield will be a vast and unique universe with heaps of lore, different factions, and plenty of in-game history.
Howard described it as more "hardcore" than some of their more recent RPGs, emphasizing the plan to bring player expression and customization to the fore of the game, in true "roleplaying" fashion. Starfield will dive into some of humanity's deepest questions, including an exploration of spirituality and religion in a seemingly empty cosmos, while attempting to answer that age-old query of "are we alone in the universe?"
Here are a few quick-fire details about the game:
- Starfield will allow for both first- and third-person gameplay, like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.
- Your character's backstory will play a bigger role than in some of Bethesda's more recent games.
- Starfield will sport "hundreds" of hours of content, like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, inspired by the fact that 10 years later, people are still playing Skyrim actively.
- It's not an "open universe" game, like No Man's Sky, but follows more traditional Bethesda "open world" gameplay.
- Starfield is gunning for "semi-realistic" sci-fi, although there will still be "gamey" elements, such as visible laser fire in a vacuum.
- You play as a member of "Constellations," which is a shrinking faction of space explorers.
Is Starfield a single-player game?
Yes. Pete Hines, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Bethesda, has confirmed that the next game after Fallout 76 (which is Starfield) will be a traditional single-player RPG. "It is a new IP, it's a single-player role-playing game that folks understand," he told The Telegraph. That has since been reiterated in more recent interviews as well.
From what we understand, there will be no form of multiplayer whatsoever in Starfield, but as we saw from Fallout 76 and various multiplayer mods for Elder Scrolls and other Bethesda titles, that doesn't mean Starfield couldn't get at least some form of multiplayer in the future, either in the form of a mod or sequel.
Is Starfield a "next-gen" game?
In interviews, Todd Howard, director, and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios, has said that Starfield was being developed with next-generation technology in mind with improvements that kind-of-new hardware can handle. We don't specifically know what this refers to, but we're sure more information will be released closer to launch. It does seem that, for now, Starfield is a next-gen-only title, hitting Xbox Series X|S and PC exclusively, alongside the Xbox Series X-based version of Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming for Android and web.
The trailer said that the game is coming to Xbox Series S and Series X, with no mention of Xbox One. It's using a new iteration of the Creation Engine, however, which could let it circumvent some of the criticisms of Bethesda's earlier games.
Is Starfield coming to PlayStation?
Microsoft has confirmed Starfield is exclusive to Xbox, Windows PC, and Xbox Game Pass cloud, with no planned Nintendo Switch or PlayStation version.
I had heard when we initially broke the news about Bethesda joining Xbox back in 2020 that the plan was to make all games exclusive to platforms where Xbox Game Pass exists. Xbox lead Phil Spencer echoed this during the Xbox Bethesda showcase in 2021. This is the first real evidence that that will indeed be the case.
When is the release date for Starfield?
During E3 2021, it was announced that Starfield is targeting a Nov. 11, 2022, release date. Whenever it does release, it might join the ranks of the best Xbox role-playing games, or maybe even reach the top of the best Xbox games in general.
Additionally, it will also hit Xbox Game Pass on day one, as you might've expected.
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