Starfield Steals the Show at Xbox Showcase, Shows Off Gameplay, Ship and Base Building, With More Than 1,000 Planets to Explore

The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it.

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This weak has been great for gamers with Summer Game Fest, PlayStation Reveals and announcements, and Sunday’s Xbox Showcase. Of all that was shown across all the events over the last several days, Xbox stole the spotlight when Bethesda took the stage to finally show off some incredible new details of Starfield. Here is what we know.

But first, check out the Official Gameplay Reveal video:

“Easily our most ambitious game ever. An epic role-playing game where you can be who you want and go where you want.”

Starfield looks like an incredible combination of No Man’s Sky and Fallout, something that is likely going to please fans of either franchise. All you have to do is watch the gameplay reveal video above to see what we mean but for those that are at work or aren’t able to, here are some screenshots courtesy of Nibel.

Players will have the ability to farm for materials and resources around the landscape of numerous planets and biomes.
It seems that an AI assistant aids in guiding you toward points of interest such as this ship and base location. But be wary, that vessel appears to belong to pirates and they won’t be happy to see you.
This AI bot seems to be a sort of partner that feeds you information about the planet as well as providing details on points of interest to explore.
Unlike NMS, you will get to carry around weapons that were built for serious combat like SMGs and other types that resemble something you may use in Call of Duty.
The capital city of New Atlantis is the home to the Constellation on the Planet of Jemison. Here, you will meet the last group of space explorers to trade wares, gossip, and so much more.
Piraters and looters won’t welcome you with a smile. It’s best to say “hello” with extreme violence and plenty of bullets.
This lady seems important.
Already better than CyberPunk 2077.

Many but not all dialogue scenes will take place in the first person. Very Bethesda.

There is a lot to explore in Starfield with over 1,000 planets that you can land on anywhere in your custom spaceship. And this lady has need for you and your talents. Together, you will solve the age-old question of “what’s out there”.

Character creation is a huge focal point in helping design who you are and who you want to be. In Starfield, the character creation tools is the “the most flexible yet”, says Todd Howard, director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios. The UI for character customization was really impressive with what appears to be the ability to create the most realistic and diverse character we have ever seen. If you really wanted to put yourself in the game, you can do it.

Once you get the look and design aesthetic down, you can pick a background of what life you had growing up as well as a career history that provides you with three starting skills. We saw a handful that include Beast Hunter, Bouncer, Bounty Hunter, Chef, Combat Medic, Cyber Runner, Gangster, Professor, Ronin, and more. Whichever background you pick, characters in the world will reference it and likely offer you jobs that fit that specific background. Choosing your childhood is an impressive way to iron out what abilities and skills you had to shape your character in the grand scheme of the world you occupy.

The Combat Medic provides you with practical skills like Pistol Certification, Medicine, and Weight Lifting whereas the Diplomat is good in Persuasion, Bargaining, and Diplomacy which forces a target NPC at or below your level to stop fighting.
These options could get real dark.

“The skill system combines the best from our previous games. and you can unlock new skills as you level up and then you rank those skills up by using them and completing challenges.”

Crafting your character looks incredible and extremely thorough so as to get the most unique version of playability you can imagine. Adding to this, Todd Howard shared insight on a “deep crafting system” that will allow players to build their own weapons, add unique modifications and create a weapon that is truly their own.

But that is not all. In addition to weapon crafting, you can build your own outposts that act as a home away from home for survival and resource generation. You can build each one to be as unique from the others as you want and add even add NPCs that you meet to look after these outposts and perform jobs to keep them running. These appear to be humans as well as robot companions.

But. That. Is. Not All.

YOU CAN BUILD AND FLY YOUR OWN SHIPS

With the game coming to Steam, there is no doubt going to be some insane mods that players create for ship customization. I can’t even begin to comprehend what is going to become of this.

Ship creation comes with the ability to completely customize the look and layout, adding crew, and so much in between. The modules and various ship manufacturers will allow you to craft and build something truly special. And who knows? With modding support, you could fly around your own Firefly or UNSC Pelican. With what we saw of the ship creator UI, we are blown away. From engines to shields, what is the point of having such a unique ship if not to fly it? Because, yes…

YOU CAN FLY YOUR F***ING SHIP THROUGH SPACE

The view from the cockpit is gorgeous but players will be able to toggle between first and third-person perspectives.
Like this.
When we compared Starfield to NMS, that is because there are over 1,000 planets players can explore. And you can land anywhere you want on each planet.
In addition to flying and landing your ship on various planets, you will also be able to dock your ship to other ships. We hope we can do this with abandoned ships floating in space that we can loot to our heart’s content.
Choosing various systems to explore and travel between in a custom ship is a dream come true. We had hoped this would be the case for Starfield and we were not disappointed.

In the gameplay video, ship combat was shown at great length with some insane-looking dog fights and explosions in the deep vacuums of space. Plus, being able to chase enemy fighter ships through an asteroid field will allow us to live some of our favorite Star Wars moments.

As Todd Howard wrapped up the event, he proposed one final question that is on our minds…

“just how big is this game?”

Howard demonstrated that you can land your ship anywhere on any planet. From empty lifeless planets to “goldilocks planets” teeming with life. Hundreds of planets will be available to travel to and fro with various resources and biomes ranging from sandy deserts, to vast Skyrim-like forest planets, to tropical ones or even planets filled with crystals growing from the ground.

I have to be honest, this may have been one of the most impressive showcase events I have ever seen for just this game alone. From the visuals to the customization to the combat to the space travel to the exploration aspect, it is everything I wanted in a game from one of my favorite studios. Sadly, PlayStation players will miss out since Bethesda is owned by Microsoft now and therefore, Starfield will only be available on Microsoft platforms such as Windows (through Steam), and Xbox (including Game Pass).

No release date was given for Starfield in specific but we can expect it in 2023 at some point. Ugh, holy sh*t this game looks rad.

Marc
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