Described as a "Han Solo simulator," which has half of the GAMINGbible on board already, Starfield signifies something new for the studio and a thrilling challenge for the team following the stratospheric success of Skyrim and Fallout 4. "It's also a bit more hardcore of a roleplaying game than we've done," said Howard in an interview from the summer.
"It's got some really great character systems-choosing your background, things like that. We're going back to some things that we used to do in games long ago that we felt have really let players express the character they want to be." And now, it looks like there will be a lot of possibilities to explore in the narrative and miscellaneous quests, because the writers have contributed 150,000 lines of dialogue to the anticipated RPG.
Take a look at Neon, one of the cities that players will travel to in Starfield. Originally intended to be the location of an industrial fishing plant, the company found something much more valuable in the deep blue sea.
To compare, Skyrim has approximately 60,000 lines of dialogue and Fallout 4 has 111,000 lines of dialogue. While this is one heck of an achievement, fans are reluctant to express enthusiasm for the expansive conversations in Starfield. "How many ways can a star soldier tell me he was alright until he was shot with a blaster in the knee?" joked one.
Given that the total is close to the number of lines in Fallout 4, it's possible that the protagonist is voiced like the Sole Survivor. However, don't hold out hope for a meeting of the minds with the aliens populating the planets that you'll visit. Apparently, almost all of the species are "primitive" according to a slew of leaks that arrived in September. Plus, Earth is completely written off so there's no need to phone home.
Starfield comes to PC, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 11th, 2022.
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