Bethesda’s enchanting new IP, Starfield, is all set to release quite soon, assumably by November of this year. This was not always the case, and as was reported earlier, the game had aimed for a late 2021 release. The plans were changed due to the pandemic of Microsoft’s 2021 Halo Infinite release, and Starfield could not go through.
Additional details on Starfield remain pretty thin on the ground at the moment, but thanks to a few brief online teasers and trailers and some new and unique concept art, we finally have some sense of what the game will be like.
Bethesda’s first new IP in 25 years, the single-player role-playing game will take players into the future and outer space, allowing them, according to studio boss Todd Howard, to take part in an epic about “hope and humanity” that he is also being described as being “like Skyrim in space”.
What’s perhaps even more intriguing and exciting for those who anticipate is that it’s now looking to be an Xbox or PC exclusive, with the trailer and Xbox spokespeople making no mention of a PS5 release. With Microsoft now owners of developer Bethesda, this could furthermore indicate the future of titles like The Elder Scrolls 6 and Fallout 5 as we advance with new releases.
Starfield Release Date
At E3 2021, Bethesda confirmed that Starfield would release on November 11, 2022, so there are quite a few more months to go for the end of the year 2022 before we see the game finally being released. In an interview with the Washington Post, Todd Howard conveyed the studio is “confident in the date”.
The Starfield Twitter account has kept up a steady bubble of anonymity with teases for the game. In December 2021, the fund posted two new pieces of concept art that hint at the diversity of settings players and fans will get to experience in the game.
The first piece of art that was released as a picture on Twitter shows a lush jungle setting, with the tweet promising that “During your travels, you will discover many unique environments, some lush and abundant with vitality.”
The second tweet shows a scene far less “generous with life”, instead depicting a deep, dark cave where there will be things for players to discover as they proceed with the game.
Full character customization
Starfield players will get a chance to customize their characters to an in-depth degree in Starfield fully. In a Reddit post thread, Todd Howard said he was “Truly excited about what the team has done with character creation”, explaining that it includes “choosing a background, skills, etc. You also can pick your pronoun (he, she, they), and we’ve recorded all the relevant discussions to support that choice.”
In this behind the scenes video, Game Director Todd Howard, Studio Director Angela Browder and Art Director Matt Carofano discuss Bethesda’s concept of the future with Starfield.
Howard also talks about various “step-out moments” in the Fallout games, where a particular character emerges into a world that’s been irrevocably transformed by nuclear war. He cryptically says that Starfield will have “two step-out moments”. Carofano, meanwhile, reveals that Starfield will have a “realistic science-based backing” and calls it a “more grounded game and grounded surroundings and settings” than the likes of Skyrim.
Although there are still several months to go for the final release of Starfield, fans across the world can’t seem to contain their excitement as they explore the lush green valleys and the hidden depths of the jungle in the game.