Last year, we were given a 15-minute preview of Starfield at Microsoft’s Xbox & Bethesda showcase. Today, we’ve been treated to a more in-depth look at the game, which marks Bethesda’s first new IP in over two decades. Game Director Todd Howard has described it as “Skyrim in space.” Starfield is set to debut on September 6th, and Bethesda has provided a lot more detail about the game, including its cities and settlements, skill trees, upgrades, and space combat. If Bethesda can pull this off, players will be able to live out their dreams of exploring space, with over 1,000 planets to visit.
The game’s main story revolves around the Constellation, the last group of space explorers whom players will meet in the capital city of New Atlantis. Bethesda claims that it is the biggest city it has ever built with a large number of NPCs and fully-developed questlines. The planet locations are a mix of reality and fun, and each planet has its own gravity, which will affect gameplay, such as gunplay. Players will have to navigate asteroid fields and explore derelict ships when in space. Starships are customizable with purchasable upgrades to customize everything from cargo holds to living quarters. The power system is an important feature of the ship, and players can balance it to optimize speed or focus on weapons and shields.
Character creation in Starfield is highly customizable, allowing players to adjust facial features, blemishes, scars, and teeth settings, among other things. There are five different skill trees, and players can unlock ranks through challenges to earn skill points to unlock new abilities. Players can choose from a variety of buffs to enhance abilities, such as a damage buff or a religious belief, allowing them to avoid combat. Players can also set up outposts on different planets and harvest resources for crafting items such as suppressors and explosive rounds for guns.
Bethesda also teased Starfield: Shattered Space expansion, promising even more to come. The game is set to be launched exclusively on Xbox Series X / S and PC on September 6th.