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Bethesda’s ‘Starfield’ Taking Inspiration From ‘No Man’s Sky’, Claims Insider

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Bethesda’s ‘Starfield’ Taking Inspiration From ‘No Man’s Sky’, Claims Insider

Starfield, the upcoming sci-fi RPG from Bethesda Game Studios, is apparently going to be shown off soon and the vibes are very much space sim and exploration rather than all-out interplanetary extravaganza.

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This is Bethesda's first new intellectual property in a quarter of a century, so there's a lot of excitement and a lot of attention on the possibilities of Starfield. Perhaps the company's reluctance to share anything regarding the game over the last three years is symptomatic of that - we all know where it might lead you if you show off your game before it's out of the woods. No Man's Sky and Cyberpunk 2077 have both made that mistake, yet one has risen from the smoke of its chaos, and the other is yet to be reinstated on the PlayStation Store. It's funny that the journey of No Man's Sky has gone from extreme hype, to ridicule and vilification, to cautious optimism, to a place where it is cherished by thousands and thousands of gamers. Offering kaleidoscopic colours and cracking adventures no matter where you turn, the game has certainly become an icon for the genre... which is why it's interesting that Starfield is set to emulate it.

You'll likely be aware that Microsoft snapped up ZeniMax Media (the parent company of Bethesda) in an acquisition costing it $7.5 billion late last year. Peanuts, really. Shortly after the announcement, we spoke to Aaron Greenberg about the future of Xbox, so tune in here for the lowdown:

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Starfield was revealed during E3 2018, and apparently, the team is laying the groundwork for a presentation from Bethesda and Xbox soon. "Starfield will be there. Sounds to be more focused on space exploration than being an epic sci-fi saga. Think more No Man's Sky and Outer Worlds than Mass Effect. Just my take based on the little info I was sent so could be a bit off base. We'll see soon," said Point on Resetera. Though it is an RPG too, Mass Effect is very linear when it comes to its overarching gameplay. On the other hand, No Man's Sky is flexible with whatever way its players want to approach interstellar traversal - whether they like base-building or taming aliens or scouring wrecks for artefacts.

This tidbit isn't overly surprising, given the sorts of games that Bethesda has developed in the past. Furthermore, Point clarified that this isn't set in stone and that fans should hold on for the official showcase. As a result, though this is curious, we'll keep an eye on any extra details ahead of this presentation.

Featured Image Credit: Bethesda, Hello Games

Topics: starfield, News, Bethesda, No Man's Sky

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