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Welcome to StarfieldDB, your unofficial home for everything related to Bethesda’s Starfield.
If you’re an RPG fan (and judging from the fact that you’ve found your way here, we’re very much assuming that you are) then you’ll be more than familiar with games by Bethesda such as Skyrim and Fallout 4. These are RPGs that whisk us off to immersive worlds filled with wonder, excitement, and memorable characters who send us on incredible adventures.
With Starfield Bethesda is delivering its first new universe in 25 years. That being so, expectations are understandably high (especially here at SDB). A brand new Bethesda Game Studios RPG doesn’t come around very often, so when it does, it’s worth keeping up-to-date on all the latest developments. That’s exactly what we’ll be doing here at StarfieldDB in the weeks and months ahead, as we edge ever closer to the launch of the upcoming Bethesda game.
Starfield release date
Bethesda has confirmed that the Starfield release date will be 11/11/22 on both PC and Xbox Series S/X. That’ll be exactly 11 years to the day since the release of a little known fantasy RPG by the name of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It will also be seven years and one day after the launch of the studio’s last major role-playing game, Fallout 4.
Bethesda seems confident of hitting that date, and given how the title has been in development for several years already (the studio told the Guardian that “active development was from when [they] finished Fallout 4”), the team there has had plenty of time to get things ready and we’re very much looking forward to next year’s planned launch.
With the release date already in the bag, the big question is: what kind of gameplay experience will Starfield offer? While much of the game is still shrouded in mystery, we do know a few things about Starfield’s gameplay.
For starters, studio frontman Todd Howard called Starfield “Skyrim in space” in an interview with Launcher. If that wasn’t tantalising enough, in the same interview Managing Director Ashley Cheng compared the game to a certain favourite universe of ours set in A Galaxy Far, Far Away by calling it a “Han Solo simulator”.
We also know that players will be able to experience the universe of Starfield from both first and third-person perspectives after Howard confirmed as much to the Telegraph. That’s a feature that fans of previous games will remember from Skyrim, Fallout 4, and even Oblivion, although we have to agree with Todd’s opinion that first-person is definitely the way to go.
Howard told the same publication that Starfield will be a “more hardcore” RPG than we typically see from the studio, a claim that has us thoroughly intrigued.
The sci-fi RPG was first teased all the way back in 2018, but we got a much better look at the game during E3 2021, when Bethesda shared a longer two-minute Starfield release date trailer that set the scene and revealed more of this enigmatic futuristic universe.
Since then we’ve been treated to a series of shorter trailers that unveil different planets that players will be able to explore in Starfield, including locations in both the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective, the two main factions in the game.
If you want to get a good look at the game in action then you’re going to have to wait a while longer. Although Bethesda has released several trailers, we’ve not yet seen proper Starfield gameplay footage and it has mostly been a mix of in-engine CGI and concept art. Will we have to wait until E3 to get another look at the sci-fi RPG, or will we see more of the game sooner? Only time will tell.
What engine is Bethesda using for Starfield?
One thing we know for certain is that Starfield is the first game being built using the latest iteration of the studio’s in-house engine, Creation Engine 2. Exactly what that will mean for the visuals and overall performance of the finished game remains to be seen, but we’re hoping for a quantum leap forward from the studio in terms of graphics and character animations, which were starting to look just a little bit wooden in Fallout 4. What little we’ve seen so far is certainly encouraging, but we can’t wait to clamp our eyeballs on some proper gameplay.
Will Starfield be on PS5?
Naturally, many people will be anxious to know whether or not Starfield will be available across all platforms after Bethesda Game Studios joined the Microsoft family. Unfortunately, as you probably expected, Starfield PS5 is not a thing and PlayStation-owners are going to miss out on the studio’s next RPG as the game will be an Xbox console exclusive (that means no Nintendo Switch version either, just in case you were wondering).
Starfield system requirements
If you’re rocking a PS5 or a Switch then you’re not completely out of options, that is, if you’ve got a PC that is capable of running the game. If you don’t already have one, you could always build your very own Starfield PC from scratch – anyone who has ever been to a QuakeCon BYOC will know that there’s someone out there planning on doing just that.
Although Bethesda has yet to confirm the recommended specifications for Starfield, the expert analysts at PCGameBenchmark have shared their considered predictions on the likely Starfield system requirements, so you can already get an idea of the kind of system you would need to own or build if you wanted to play the game at launch.
Will Starfield be on Game Pass?
Given the fact that Microsoft owns Bethesda, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that the game is going to be available on Xbox Game Pass. What’s more, it’ll be a day one release on the service.
If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up for Game Pass and get your first month for a solitary $1 by clicking here.
What about Starfield on Steam?
We know that lots of you prefer to keep your games in one place, and there’ll be a lot of people interested in a Starfield Steam release.
Recently, Microsoft has been moving its portfolio of games back onto Valve’s Steam platform, so it would certainly make sense if Starfield were to appear on the store, even if there isn’t currently a listing ahead of the game’s release on 11/11/22.
It’s also possible that the game will be released on additional PC platforms. Might Epic agree to some kind of deal? We’ll have to wait and see on that one.
One of the best things about Bethesda’s RPGs is the sense of scale that they offer to the player, and it sure sounds like Starfield is going to push the boat out in this regard.
Todd Howard told attendees at Develop Brighton that the game itself was significantly bigger than the studio’s previous outing in Skyrim. And for anyone wondering: is Starfield an MMO? Howard used the same event to confirm that the game would be a single-player only affair with no Fallout 76-like multiplayer component in the pipeline.
He also mentioned that the game would have procedurally-generated elements, although it’s not yet clear exactly what that’ll mean.
Previous Bethesda RPGs have been very mod-friendly and we think/hope that Starfield will be no different in this regard. Bethesda has always valued contributions from players and in many respects, it’s the hard work and dedication of the Skyrim modding community that has managed to keep that game as fresh as a daisy and still enjoying new editions a decade later.
Of course, there’s a huge amount of scope for exciting Starfield mods and we can’t help but look forward to seeing the weird and wonderful additions that people make to the game. Stick with us for the best recommendations.
While details about the Starfield plot are still thin on the ground, no doubt we’re going to find out much more in the months leading up to launch. That said, we do know a few choice tidbits already…
Our favourite factoid so far (via PCGamesN) is that Starfield will have more than twice as many lines of dialogue compared to Skyrim – 150,000 as opposed to 60,000 – and more than four times as many actors are involved with the production – 300 instead of the reported 70 actors that worked on Skyrim.
Starfield console commands
Both of Bethesda’s big hitters, Skyrim and Fallout 4, offered a healthy selection of game-changing console commands. We’re expecting the same when it comes to the studio’s next game, and you can rest assured that as soon as there are Starfield cheats to tell you about, you’ll find them all here on StarfieldDB.
We’ve already seen a bunch of interesting Starfield locations, including a so-called “pleasure city” called Neon found on a waterworld that’s home to psychotropic fishes, and there’s another place called Akila City. They’re dealing with some nasty-sounding creatures called the Ashta, which the studio described as “a cross between a wolf and a velociraptor”.
No doubt we’re going to find out about these locations and more across both the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective, and with Bethesda no longer limited to post-apocalyptic wastelands and fantasy worlds, we can’t wait to see what kind of weird and wonderful places they take us to.