Starfield won’t be arriving till next year, but a new video series, “Into the Starfield”, is going behind the scenes of the space RPG.
Ever wondered what goes on in Todd Howard’s head? Right now, it’s “Can we release Skyrim on the Intellivision Amico?” But if you’ve wondered what else goes on in there, Into the Starfield: The Endless Pursuit will be of interest.
The first in a series of behind-the-scenes videos, Into the Starfield: The Endless Pursuit features an impromptu and definitely unscripted discussion between Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard, Studio Director Angela Browder and Art Director Matt Carofano. It doesn’t feature any proper gameplay footage, but it does offer a glimpse into Bethesda’s process and design philosophy as well as a few art snippets.
“People who love video games can always say “What did you do today? I saved the world?”, remarks Howard. Though, if we’re honest, it’s more like “I yelled someone off a cliff and killed a dragon that looked like Macho Man Randy Savage.”
The three go on to talk about the importance of unscripted moments. Browder explains how rewarding it is to hear people mention odd little moments that, because of the way Skyrim and their ilk work, some else might never have encountered.
So, what about Starfield? There aren’t an awful lot of revelations in this first video, but there are two things of note to take away from it. Firstly, Starfield, despite taking place in space, is set to be more grounded than the likes of Skyrim. Does that mean it’s going to be less whacky than Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds? It looks as if Bethesda are leaning that way, going for a grimmer Alien-style take.
The second revelation relates to “step out moments”. Step out moments are, as Howard explains, the moment when you set through a door, Fallout 4’s vault exit, for example, and step into a whole new world. Step out moments are emotionally affecting and, in the case of Starfield, there’ll be two such moments.
You can check out the full seven minute video above, though given Starfield is just under a year away from release, you can expect Bethesda will have much more to say. Starfield will land on the Xbox Series X|S and PC next year, November 11th 2022.