Following months of rumours and even some leaked screenshots, Bethesda finally gave us a very brief first look at Starfield yesterday as part of Xbox's E3 2021 Showcase, although it was only in the form of a quick teaser trailer.
However, the team has today expanded on this a little further with a new video called 'Into the Starfield: The Journey Begins,' which reveals some behind-the-scenes footage, loads of artwork, and just a smattering of story details.
"We invite you to join Constellation, the last group of space explorers. It's a next generation role-playing game where you'll be who you want, go where you want, experience our stories and forge your own.
More than that, Starfield is about hope, our shared humanity, and searching for the answers to life's greatest mystery."
Bethesda says it will have loads to share on the progress of Starfield, including more videos like this, and has confirmed to The Telegraph that it will be be playable in first and third-person. Here's the artwork featured in the video:
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According to Howard, in “Starfield” players will join an organization dubbed Constellation, the last group of space explorers. At the outset, players will choose their character’s background, with many options for customization that will impact how some things in the game unfold.
“[Pely] knows what all the buttons do on the ships. Even though it’s science fiction, your mind can sort of draw the line all the way back [to NASA]," Howard elaborated. "It all should feel lived in, even for a ship.” The environment in the ship isn’t fancy, as demonstrated by the curiously packaged Chunks, a kind of MRE, displayed in one of the trailer scenes. Howard said its contents were a “mix of processed space food,” probably primarily potato.
The massive amount of “things” that are included in the game are stored in an internal Wiki at Bethesda, a library of all things “Starfield” to which many of the employees who work on the project have access. These include histories, backstories, starship architecture, pretty much anything a fan (or an employee) would geek out about.
A detailed timeline was created that included the history of “what happens every decade” and it was decided that the game would take place “300-ish years in the future," Howard said. "And now man is living amongst the stars: what does that mean?”
To help in the journey, there are a variety of robots. While there is nothing like Star Wars’s C3PO, Howard said there is one named Vasco (a nod to explorer Vasco da Gama) who is admonished (via a crew member’s wall scrawl) in the trailer because the robot forgot to procure a beverage called Tranquilitea. That name is yet another nod to NASA: Tranquility Base was the moon site on which the Apollo 11 astronauts first landed and walked.
Howard promises Starfield is big - as in 100s-of-hours-of-gameplay big. Pen-and-paper RPGs, around the world explorers, and Elon Musk have all played in a role in shaping in 2022's most anticipated game.
This looks really incredible, and I am so excited for this game. Between this, Indiana Jones and Redfall, I am eagerly anticipating what Bethesda is working on. Such a great time for GamePass/Xbox owners.
What a beautiful game!
Cant wait to play this gem!
This looks really nice!
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