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"We've come to the beginning of humanity's final journey."

"The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it."
Anatole France, 1894
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Starfield is an upcoming "single-player epic" from Bethesda Game Studios. Officially announced at E3 2018 including a teaser trailer with a full trailer released three years later at E3 2021, the game is set for release in the first half of 2023.

Details on the plot are scant at this point but it is known that the player character will join an organization known as "Constellation" and exploration will be a major theme. It has also been stated by Bethesda executives that there will be multiple competing factions and that it will be possible to join the villains.

Like Bethesda's other flagship properties (The Elder Scrolls and Fallout), the expectation is that Starfield will be a Wide-Open Sandbox Western RPG/Action RPG in a Constructed World with meticulous Worldbuilding, but set IN SPACE!. Bethesda Executive Director Todd Howard referred to it explicitly as "Skyrim in space", and has also called it a "NASA-punk space RPG".

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Per Howard, the game will be released on PC and Xbox Series X|S.

Previews: E3 2018 Teaser Trailer, E3 2021 Official Release Date Trailer, Official Gameplay Reveal.


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  • All Planets Are Earthlike: Averted. The Official Gameplay Reveal shows Jemison, a planet with 91% of Earth's surface gravity, and Chawla, a frozen moon with 43% of Earth's gravity. Even stars are different; it correctly displays Alpha Centauri A to have 1.10 solar masses.
  • Cassette Futurism: Downplayed as the computer screens shown in the Release Date trailer are more modern, but the actual design of the ship draws heavy inspiration from the "Space Race" era of technology in the 1960s. Executive Director Todd Howard calls this type of design "NASA-punk".
  • Character Customization: The Gameplay Reveal shows the player is capable of customizing appearance, background, traits and even walking animations.
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    • The teaser trailer is viewed through a camera lens, on which you can see flecks of ice and/or dust. As the sun catches the camera, a word written on the view device is reflected on the lens: "Constellation".
    • Some weathering on a dashboard in the E3 2021 trailer appears to be in the shape of the provinces of Tamriel, the setting for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls series.
  • Lockpicking Minigame: The Official Gameplay Reveal shows the player using a Digipick to unlock a container by matching lines to holes in a series of concentric circles.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: As shown in the gameplay reveal, players can determine what kind of background they have prior to the start of the game. This includes both your past employment, which determines your starting skills (including Chef, Cyber Runner, Explorer, Ronin, etc.), and traits, which can further affect your stats and capabilities (Extrovert/Introvert, United Colonies Native, Empath, etc.)
  • Old-School Dogfight: The Official Gameplay Reveal features player-controlled ships fighting pirate ships like old-school combat aircraft, complete with Fixed Forward-Facing Weapons.
  • Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future: The Official Gameplay Reveal features the Equinox, some sort of energy weapon that is essentially a rectangle with iron sights.
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  • Space Is Noisy: The warp/explosion in the teaser trailer makes noise, including a "sonic boom" kind of sound at the end. The Official Gameplay Reveal also features ship-to-ship combat with notable booms in space.
  • Space Pirates: Zooming in on the document in the Release Date trailer reveals it to be an official statement from the United Colonies fleet warning about space pirate activity from a group known as the "Crimson Fleet". The Official Gameplay Reveal shows the player is capable of joining them.
  • Used Future: In the Release Date trailer, the exterior of the ship and its console show clear signs of use and weathering while sparks fly before the engine ignites.


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