Starfield is "Skyrim in space" with help from Elon Musk, Bethesda's Todd Howard has declared.
The title was announced during the Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase. Managing Director Ashley Cheng described Starfield as “the Han Solo simulator. Get in a ship, explore the galaxy, do fun stuff.”
While Bethesda’s Todd Howard called the title “Skyrim in space” and “NASA meets Indiana Jones meets the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.
It’s kind of like Skyrim in terms of the structure of the game, where you’re going to be who you want to be, and then there’s different factions that you can join, and really carve your own path.
We struggled at first at finding Starfield’s identity. We knew the style of game we wanted. But there’s so much science fiction, we didn’t have this existing franchise feel. We had to create that from scratch. What do the spaceships look like? What’s the tech level? What do people believe? What year is it really set in?
Howard confirmed that Bethesda has received help from Elon Musk’s Space X organisation to establish Starfield‘s own footprint. Howard said Space X helped him “to talk to people who could see further than what I was seeing right now.”
Starfield heads to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Windows PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming, alongside Xbox Game Pass, on 11 November 2022.