Starfield Release Date
The announcement of Starfield’s postponement was one of the most anticipated of the year, yet it was no surprise. After all, we’d only been given concept images with each teaser. But thankfully, we now get our first glimpse of genuine gaming.
Starfield is one of the most eagerly awaited games of the year, and it’s undoubtedly the most intriguing Xbox exclusive on the horizon. Still, we’ve seen very little of it so far. So far, we’ve got a teaser trailer and some concept art. The curtain was officially pulled back on Starfield today during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, with almost 10 minutes of genuine gameplay revealed.
The game begins on the enigmatic moon of Kreet, with VASCO, the starship’s robot companion, finding his way out. Then, there are aliens, other space creatures, and warfare. The rising score is playing in the background at the same time. At one time, we also visited New Atlantis.
But you’re not here to hear me go on. You’ve come to witness it firsthand. Without further ado, here is our first look at Starfield gameplay.
Our young wizard is cast as an explorer seeking the cosmos for fascinating items in Starfield, which is set around 2330. We’ll be exploring large areas, doing missions, levelling up and unlocking bonuses, side with factions, gathering resources, creating outposts, crafting, and shooting people once more, but this time we won’t be restricted to one. According to game director Todd Howard, Starfield includes over 100 systems and over 1000 planets. We’ll visit them in our spaceship, replete with space warfare. I’m hoping there are more intriguing planets and moons than the film portrays.
It irritates me that, after years of anticipation, the grand Starfield unveiling begins with the most desolate and uninteresting planet before moving on to resource collection. But I’m not the person to go to if you want to hear about recent Bethesda RPGs. They create large worlds with meticulous decorating and NPCs that follow simulated schedules, yet there is nothing to do. This would be fine if Bethesda leaned into it—I love walking simulators—but instead, they’re stuffed with repetitious missions, lousy combat, and drab scripting. Nothing is frequently better than anything, and this constant letdown frustrates and bores me.
Spoiler Alert! The Elder Scrolls 6 might be hinted at in Bethesda’s Starfield video.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, the series’ most recent single-player game, was published over a decade ago. Since 2011, the game has been ported to practically every digital device, including virtual reality and the Nintendo Switch. Fans have been clamouring for a new game for quite some time, and we know that The Elder Scrolls 6 has been in production for quite some time. But before that, there’s Starfield, which won’t be released until November 2022.
So, what’s next for The Elder Scrolls? A strange small scrape on the Constellation spacecraft Frontier’s dashboard piqued fans’ interest.
An astronaut powers up his spaceship in the Starfield teaser video at the 1:17 mark by turning three switches on the dashboard, as is traditional. You’ll see a noticeable touch of weathering on the dash’s chrome casing if you glance to the right-hand side of the screen.
That looks a lot like a map, doesn’t it? It’s time to dig out some primary materials, specifically The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion Collector’s Edition and the A Pocket Guide To The Empire sourcebook that comes with it.
Looking closer, there appears to be Tamriel’s West coast, which includes all of High Rock and a section of Hammerfell. Yes, it may just be a scratch on the dash. Still, the prominence of its location in the video, its isolation inside the frame, and the noticeable shape of the object make it appear as though Bethesda is teasing us.
So, what may be in store for gamers in that Tamriel region? According to A Pocket Guide, high Rock is a place of undulating hills divided by an extensive mountain range. It is home to the Bretons in TES 4, although depending on when the next game is set, it may also be home to many High Elves and Orks. Hammerfell, on the other hand, has long been a Redguard stronghold. These warriors had lived in its dry, desert surroundings for millennia.
The game started with footage of a pirate stronghold on a moon being attacked. It includes first- and third-person capture, a sneak peek at the game’s lockpicking minigame and a few visually stunning lighting effects. To tease the game’s plot, the film then went on to show Starfield gameplay in the capital city of Atlantis. It was reported that the game revolves around a group known as the Constellation. They are on the lookout for information regarding alien life.
The teaser also showed off several settings found throughout the game, and it appears there will be enough to choose from. Starfield may feature something for any sci-fi aficionado, from western-style settlements to forts and neon-lit streets.
The Starfield clip also showed off the game’s character creation system, including physical appearance, backdrops that characters would respond to, and starting qualities. There was also a glimpse at the game’s ability system, consisting of several themed expertise trees that can be unlocked and further advanced by completing specific tasks.
In classic Bethesda fashion, the game also includes crafting and base building, allowing players to construct entire structures and spacecraft of their own design, which they can then inhabit with individuals they meet along the journey. The technology looked to be relatively comprehensive, especially in terms of linking various components together to create bespoke flyable ships with their own systems and crews.