Starfield is 'like Skyrim' but in space – may still come to PS5

Interviews with Bethesda staff have shone some light on what fans can expect in Starfield, which finally has a new trailer.

After three years, Bethesda has finally lifted the lid on Starfield. Although the trailer was leaked ahead of schedule and ultimately doesn’t reveal much, it at least confirmed a 2022 release date and Xbox and PC exclusivity.

While its E3 2021 presence was relatively brief, a couple of recent interviews with key Bethesda staff have shed a bit more light on what players can expect in Starfield.

Speaking with The Washington Post, managing director Ashley Cheng openly compares the game to Star Wars, describing it as a ‘Han Solo simulator. Get in a ship, explore the galaxy, do fun stuff.’

Bethesda’s Todd Howard, meanwhile, calls it Skyrim in space, adding that it will be more robust than Skyrim thanks to the leaps in technology since that game released 10 years ago in 2011.

In a separate interview with The Telegraph, Howard also explains exactly what players will be doing in Starfield. Namely, you will join a group of space explorers called The Constellation. And while it’s the main faction of the game, there are other groups you can later be a part of.

‘Constellation is this kind of last group of space explorers. It’s like NASA meets Indiana Jones meets the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a group of people that are still searching for answers. There are a lot of factions in the game but that’s the main one that you’ll become a part of.

‘It’s kind of like Skyrim in terms of the structure of the game, where you’re going to be who you want to be, and then there’s different factions that you can join, and really carve your own path.

‘So we have one story that we’re telling, and then we have a lot of other ones, like we love to do. And our hope is that each player feels like they could say, here’s who I want to be in this universe – and then we’re giving them an outlet to express that.’

Otherwise, Howard remains tight-lipped on what players are actually searching for, although he does say that Starfield will be asking some big philosophical questions.

‘‘What’s out there?’ Why are we here? How do we get here?’ And we get into science, we get into religion. I really enjoy thinking about those big questions. I see them in other [forms of] entertainment and I think we have a unique way of presenting it with a game like this, where maybe we don’t have all the answers but I think it’s good to get people thinking.’

Perhaps the biggest question fans want answering, however, is if the game will release on other platforms, namely the PlayStation 5. Starfield is described as an Xbox Series X/S and PC exclusive, which was all but expected once Microsoft acquired Bethesda last year.

However, when asked by The Telegraph if he regrets not being able to release games on PlayStation platforms anymore, Howard seems to suggest that that’s not entirely the case.

‘Well, we’re still…  I will just say I want everybody to have the ability to play it in some fashion.’

While this can’t be read as an official confirmation, it sounds like Howard may be trying to find a way to get Starfield on other platforms. Although if it’s intended as a timed exclusive there was no indication of that during Bethesda’s conference.

Howard has implied before that not all of Bethesda’s future games will be Xbox exclusives. When asked about The Elder Scrolls 6 only releasing on Xbox and PC, he admitted that he found it ‘hard to imagine.’

Starfield releases for Xbox Series X/S and PC on November 11 2022.

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