When is the Starfield release date? Starfield is the first new Bethesda series in 25 years, but it’s likely it’s a long way off yet. Regardless, that’s still cause enough to scream so loud with excitement that it could be heard in space.
But there’s more: Starfield sees the beloved Fallout and Elder Scrolls studio leaving the ground and heading out among, well, the stars – an area of interest I suppose you could call a Starfield. What has the studio found there? That’s what we’re looking to work out, as the first meteorites filled with information begin to fall from the sky.
Bethesda’s online-only title, Fallout 76, disappointed us as much as it did fans of the post-apocalyptic series. However, in some ways, Starfield is a surer prospect: a single-player game, just like Skyrim and Fallout 4 before it. In other ways it’s bolder and stranger – a completely new universe, whereas Fallout and The Elder Scrolls are rooted in decades of established lore, locations, and creatures. Here’s everything we know about Starfield.
Starfield release date
We don’t know the Starfield release date but, that said, we’ve reason to believe the space game is quite far along already. “Starfield is a game that we have spent years thinking about and working on,” Todd Howard told the crowd at Bethesda’s E3 2018 conference.
However, when it comes to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, we always knew it was highly unlikely that there would be Starfield at E3 2019, or perhaps even 2020. We were correct, but Howard insisted the company is “still hard at work” on both The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield at the show.
A string of trademark applications for Starfield began in March 2013, suggesting the idea has been in development in some form for at least half a decade. That’s supported by Howard’s comments in a YouTube Gaming interview with Geoff Keighley, in which he said that Starfield was “in production.”
Like many game studios, Bethesda considers a game to be in production only once it’s been through an idea-driven phase of pre-production. When a game is in full production, “the bulk of the studio” moves over to work on it. As a result, Starfield is playable, which puts it further along the production pipeline than The Elder Scrolls VI. In fact, it has been confirmed by Howard that sections of Starfield are “very playable” already.
“Starfield is playable, Elder Scrolls VI not in that way yet,” Howard said. He also described Starfield as a “next-gen” game on-stage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be waiting until the next generation of consoles to play it. PC players can breathe easy in the knowledge that the game won’t be limited by current-gen hardware.
Starfield made its debut with a teaser trailer at Bethesda’s E3 showcase. There’s no gameplay footage yet, but Howard has said that it goes a long way to establishing tone – so maybe play it a second time, close your eyes, and soak up the interstellar vibes.
Bethesda has revealed nothing specific about the way Starfield plays. Howard has said it is “something we feel uniquely positioned to pull off.” Given the studio’s pedigree, this suggests that while Starfield is headed to space, it still has its feet planted in the RPG genre. Certainly, the last time Bethesda began work on a new series – Fallout – the result resembled The Elder Scrolls so much that fans dubbed it “Oblivion with guns.”
The setting will determine many of Starfield’s mechanics, however. You can see ice forming on the screen in the teaser, as if the camera itself is drifting through the void. Perhaps we’ll see Bethesda wrestle with zero-gravity, as well as the cramped interiors of ships – very different from the wide-open landscapes for which its games are known.
Ironically for a game that will, presumably, be filled with dialogue, we’ve only got half a word to go on right now when it comes to Starfield’s story. You can see that word reflected in the camera at the beginning of Starfield’s trailer, and it looks like “constellation.” The significance of that word has yet to be revealed – but you can bet it’s there for a reason.
Then there’s that shot of a pronged satellite – or is it a manned station? It resembles a mechanical flower, and appears to be sucking solar energy either from a nearby star, or the light reflected from the planet it orbits.
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The only action in the teaser comes at the very end – an explosive blast of light that seems to pull at the station, rather like a black hole. Whatever it is, you can bet some kind of catastrophic event plays a role in the story of Starfield.