Bethesda and Microsoft showed another look at ambitious”Skyrim in space” RPG Starfield during the joint presentation of the two companies today. This time it was so much more than eight secondsand the actual gameplay shown.
After some preamble, Xbox boss Phil Spencer introduced a short Starfield before director Todd Howard took the stage to showcase the game in action. What was announced looked like a mix between Hello Games and Nobody’s sky and Obsidian Entertainment The Outer Worlds, with the character mining rocks for resources and traveling across a seemingly desolate planet. The character then engages in a combat encounter, pulling out a machine gun to shoot the space thugs before the video cuts to the core world.
The showcase also gave a glimpse of the character creator, which is highly customizable. You can customize your appearance, how your character plays and evolves throughout the game, and the various attributes that affect your gear. You can also customize the ship, hire crew members and launch it into space to engage in dogfights or transport cargo. Or both.
Starfield is Bethesda’s first new IP in 25 years. From outside the solar system, you play as a customizable character who is a member of a space exploration organization called Constellation. The game can be played in both first and third person, just like other Bethesda titles, including The Elder Scrolls Online as well as Fallout 76. So, if you can imagine any of these games in space, then… Starfield in a nutshell.
BUT leak last year pointed to Starfield launch in November 2022. However, probably due to huge amount of work required for a massive game scenarioBethesda announced in May of this year that Starfield– along with the archer from the vampires Arkane Austin Redfall-was rescheduled for the “first half” of 2023. Now there are new rumors thanks to the Game Pass registration page spotted on Reddit suggesting that “first half” could mean “early 2023”. Whether these rumors will be confirmed remains to be seen, but according to GamesRadardirector Todd Howard said during a media briefing ahead of Zombie E3 that the team is “putting the finishing touches on Starfield“.
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Howard also called Starfield an “incredible opportunity” for Bethesda, talking about the “Xbox advantage” and the power of xCloud streaming.
“We are now working very closely with Xbox to make [Starfield] the best experience you can have,” Howard said. “Not just on the hardware, but how people access it, and being able to bring a game like this to more people than any of our games is a truly incredible opportunity.”
Kotaku recently spoke with 10 former Bethesda employees who spoke in detail pay Fallout 76catastrophic launch were on the people who worked on it, which also attracted members from Redfall as well as Starfieldto fix numerous issues during development.