Bethesda returns to a prominent place in toy buzzing with the announcement of their release date the upcoming Starfield title, a sci-fi epic that is in stark contrast to the company’s previous AAA titles.
Leaking in front E3’s Microsoft press release, The Starfield trailer is two minutes and 20 seconds long. It depicts alien planets and space vistas that separate from Bethesda’s previous titles derived from franchises like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Starfield’s aesthetics themselves seem to be reminiscent of 1960s space technology, probably drawing inspiration from the same era of space exploration as The Outer Worlds once did.
Starfield: What we learned from the E3 trailer
Originally announced at E3 2018 as the first original ownership of Bethesda Game Studios in more than 20 years (The Elder Scrolls began in 1994, and Fallout was originally owned and created by Interplay Entertainment), the conversation around Starfield was relatively quiet. Current information on announcements is scarce in terms of gaming, but this is also to be expected as Starfield is now due out in November 2022. Given the time frame, Starfield is likely to need a lot of production and development work.
But what do we know from the trailers themselves?
A recent trailer gave players a deeper insight into Starfield’s story. It starts on a planet that certainly seems alien, and focuses on a spaceship known as the Constellation. The constellation definitely has a retro feel, reminiscent of science fiction of the past decades, and even some things similar to spaceship technology in real life. Certain technology refers to the science fiction of the 60s, while other devices seem more modern, such as a table lit by LED. What’s more, much of the metal objects almost give themselves an alien shape from the 1980s in the vein of the cult Nostrom.
It’s hard to gather too much of Bethesda’s art and directing a story from short trailers, but the storytelling of the E3 2021 game’s trailer leaves no secret of what players can expect in terms of exploration. The narrator explains that as part of the “family” of the Constellation, you found “the key to unlocking everything”. As part of humanity embarking on a “star field,” players can expect to explore the cosmos and witness what lies within the vast expanses of space.
While we don’t yet know what form the gameplay will take, there is no doubt that exploring the ultimate frontier of humanity will be the most important part of Starfield’s narrative and its basic themes.
Starfield will be available in November 2022 on the Xbox Series X | With and Windows computers.