Bethesda Game Studios is going back to its deep RPG roots with its sci-fi game Starfield. After years of being criticised for dumbing down its RPG systems, Starfield will be more like The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion instead of Skyrim.
In an interview with IGN, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed that Starfield has deeper RPG systems than Skyrim. Instead of being a very casual western RPG, the game will bring back some of the complexities of Oblivion.
“It’s more Oblivion than Skyrim, for people who get that,” Spencer explained. “It’s an epic, epic game.”
Spencer explained that he’s currently on his 15th playthrough of the game, although that is due to the game’s file structure changing during development. The Xbox boss revealed that his current character is a space pirate that barrages the universe.
“I think I’m on my fifteenth playthrough,” Spencer said. “I’m probably 200 hours in, but not on one playthrough because I start, we change save game formats, blah, blah, blah.”
“I started in November, but I think I’m playing my final character. I’m a total space pirate.”
Starfield has been pegged as the must have exclusive for Xbox Series and PC users. While the game’s PC launch has been slightly overshadowed by the amazingly popular Baldur’s Gate 3, it’s still expected to sell gangbusters.
With fans creating 1,000 page Starfield bibles and mapping out the game’s universe before launch, hype is at an all-time high for the sci-fi RPG. After a huge two-year delay to fix bugs and massively improve the game’s visuals, Starfield may be the most polished Bethesda game of all time.
While many are upset about the game’s AMD partnership and scummy paid DLSS mod, Starfield is already looking like a quality game. However, excited fans should be warned as story leaks are already circulating before launch.
Starfield finally launches on Xbox Series and PC on September 6th, but Deluxe Edition owners can get early access on September 1st.