Starfield: An Epic Space Exploration game in Bethesda’s Highly Anticipated RPG

Get ready for an out-of-this-world gaming experience as Bethesda’s Starfield takes center stage at the Xbox Games Showcase, revealing the vastness of its galactic universe, immersive gameplay mechanics, and a glimpse into the future of space exploration

Starfield Journey to Space game cover

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Bethesda Softworks has provided fans with an in-depth look into the highly anticipated space opera RPG, Starfield, during its 45-minute Starfield Direct presentation. The event showcased the game’s galactic scale, unique systems, and immersive exploration mechanics. Scheduled for release on September 6, Starfield marks Bethesda’s first completely new universe in 25 years.

The presentation began with game director Todd Howard emphasizing Bethesda’s commitment to delivering a fresh and expansive gaming experience. Starfield aims to retain the studio’s hallmark of player agency and exploration while introducing players to a new world set in space. The game’s art director, Istvan Pely, highlighted the “NASA punk” aesthetic, evoking the nostalgia and romance of early space flight.

The core plot revolves around Constellation, a legendary group of explorers described as the “last true explorers in the galaxy.” Players will assume the role of a character within Constellation and embark on a quest to uncover the mystery behind a significant artifact that hints at the existence of a previously unknown intelligence. Throughout the game, players will encounter diverse characters with unique abilities, form alliances, and engage in character-based quests.

Starfield presents a vast galaxy divided into three main groups: the United Colonies, the Freestar Collective, and unclaimed systems inhabited by hostile factions such as the Crimson Fleet. The United Colonies, centered around New Atlantis, the largest city ever created by Bethesda, consider themselves the true descendants of Earth. The Freestar Collective offers a sci-fi take on the Old West aesthetic, while unclaimed systems provide resource extraction opportunities.

Character creation in Starfield offers extensive customization options, with the developers using a scanning system to incorporate faces from various age groups and ethnicities. Players can choose from preset characters and modify features such as piercings, teeth, and skin blemishes. Additionally, background options, such as cyberneticist or chef, provide unique advantages during missions. Players can also select traits that come with their own pros and cons, allowing for diverse play styles.

The game features a skill tree that enables players to personalize their play experience by focusing on specific abilities. Examples shown in the presentation included utilizing a boost pack for aerial combat, enhancing “neurostrikes” for melee engagements, developing stealth skills for stealthy approaches, or utilizing charisma to negotiate their way through challenges.

In order to combine entertainment and reality, Starfield has varied planetary gravity, precise atmospheric refraction, and unusual organisms that can adapt to their surroundings. Exploration potential in procedurally created worlds is unlimited, and handmade encounters make for an interesting and varied experience. Players that use projectile weapons in the zero-G combat system add another level of realism by experiencing genuine recoil.

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Starfield game cockpit interior with pilot

In addition to planetary exploration, players will navigate the galaxy in their personal starships, engaging in space combat and customizing their vessels.

Ships can be heavily modified, with add-on modules influencing both the ship’s stats and the living spaces available to the crew.

Bethesda’s Starfield Direct also revealed details about the game’s collector’s edition, which includes a working smartwatch modeled after the in-game Constellation brand. Xbox will release a Starfield-themed Xbox Series X|S controller and a branded wired headset to accompany the game’s launch.

The Starfield Direct presentation concluded by leaving fans excited about the game’s scale and possibilities. With a release date set for September 6, both PC and Xbox Series X|S players can anticipate embarking on a thrilling space adventure in the highly immersive world of Starfield.

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