Bethesda Game Studios, the company behind the popular game series Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, is set to release its highly anticipated space-themed action role-playing game, Starfield, on September 6, 2023, for Microsoft Windows and Xbox Series X/S. Starfield is the first new intellectual property developed by Bethesda in over twenty-five years. Director Todd Howard described it as “Skyrim in space.”
The Development Process
According to Howard, Starfield had been in the studio’s mind for some time prior to the trademarking of the name in 2013. The team had been working on various space-themed games since as early as 1994. However it took a while to develop the unique gameplay style that would distinguish Starfield from other science fiction games on the market. The game is set in an area called The Settled Systems. It extends outward from the Solar System for approximately 50 light-years. It takes place 20 years after the Colony War, a conflict between the two major factions in the game, the United Colonies and Freestar Collective. The player assumes the role of a member of Constellation, an organization of space explorers.
The “NASA Punk” Theme
The game’s development team came up with a theme called “NASA punk,” which draws inspiration from various NASA space missions. This theme creates a fictional narrative of events by decade of the 300 years to the game’s present. It asks the question, “And now man is living amongst the stars: what does that mean?”. In addition, this theme helps to differentiate Starfield from other science fiction games, making it a unique and exciting addition to the genre.
Active development of Starfield began in late 2015, after the release of Fallout 4. By mid-2018, the game had moved out of pre-production and was in a playable state. Players can choose to play Starfield from either a first- or third-person perspective. The customizable character can interact with the game’s factions to explore the universe, complete quests, and engage in combat.
To sum up, Starfield promises to be an exciting addition to the Bethesda Game Studios library. It will offer players a unique space-themed game with engaging gameplay and a fascinating narrative. With a release date set for September 6, 2023, fans are eagerly anticipating the chance to explore the universe of The Settled Systems and engage in epic battles between the United Colonies and Freestar Collective.