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Bethesda Are Surveying Fans About Building Starships, Probably For 'Starfield'

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Bethesda Are Surveying Fans About Building Starships, Probably For 'Starfield'

Starfield has been in development for... I'm not even going to look. It's ages and ages since its announcement, yet, it looks like Bethesda players just got a peek behind the curtain for the upcoming sci-fi title.

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"I think it's getting really good hype for a game no one has seen," said Todd Howard late last year. "It's a really exciting project that we've been doing for a long time. Once we got on the new systems, the things we found we could do - and so it's a major engine rewrite on that game." Starfield was in a "playable" state in 2019, and while we'll expect that the pandemic has had some sort of an effect on its schedule, we might see Starfield this summer in Microsoft's E3 showcase. Now, that would be a turn up for the books.

The number of concrete details that we've jotted down about the game could fit inside a thimble, though there's plenty of speculation that the RPG might be a PC and Xbox exclusive, owing to the acquisition of ZeniMax Media by Microsoft that cost the latter $7.5 billion. You don't bandy that money about unless you've got very good terms in your agreements between you and the other company.

Though they're well-known for The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, Bethesda is trying its hand at another property - one that's famous for amazing chase scenes and forgotten treasures. Watch the teaser trailer for its new Indiana Jones game that is in development with the studio behind the Wolfenstein series.

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Once more, the game is kept under lock and key by Bethesda, and only one leak has emerged on the Internet. These screenshots suggested that there were possible survival mechanics in the game in its 2018 build, with meters for oxygen and carbon dioxide and a scale to show gravitational force. Given the time that's elapsed between now and then, these might have been booted out if they weren't working with the rest of the gameplay experience that Bethesda wants to create. However, a recent player survey asked its respondents how much they like to "spend a lot of time creating [their] character, home, or spaceships." Character creation and base building are important parts of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, but neither of these involve spaceships.

It has to be something related to Starfield. Speculation is erring more towards a DLC or future content update, seeing as the game was "playable" in 2019 and so things in the core game are going to be set in stone by now. Ergo, the team may be looking ahead to test the waters on what fans of the genre and their games would want out of an ultimate sci-fi RPG. We'll let you know once we learn more.

Featured Image Credit: Bethesda, Electronic Arts Los Angeles

Topics: starfield, News, Bethesda

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