Starfield teaser imageSource: Bethesda Softworks

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.

We know that it'll be coming to PC and next-gen systems, including the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, since Microsoft acquired ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Game Studios are now a part of Xbox.

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What is Starfield?

Starfield is a new IP and science-fiction RPG. Beyond that, we don't know much at this time. Bethesda has released a teaser trailer for the game, showing a space station in orbit around a planet. You can check out the teaser below.

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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.

Is Starfield a next-gen game?

Yes. 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.

That said, however, Bethesda has not ruled out the possibility of a cross-gen release for Starfield.

Is Starfield an Xbox console exclusive game?

Right now, we don't know if Starfield will be exclusive to Xbox and PC. Given that Bethesda Game Studios (along with the rest of Bethesda Softworks) is now part of Xbox, it seems highly likely.

When is the release date for Starfield?

We really don't know. Given that it's a next-generation title, Starfield is almost certainly not releasing in 2020. It's possible it could be launched in 2021 or beyond. In the past, Bethesda has waited until the year a game was internally planned to release to give it a gameplay blowout and announce a release date, so 2021 is easily the earliest possible release window for now.

Whenever it does release, it might join the ranks of the best Xbox role-playing games.

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