Starfield is one of the most anticipated video games to come this year, as it has been delayed for quite a while. However, fans have been worrying about the game, as there had only been concept art with every teaser. However, things changed during the recent 2022 Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase: Bethesda Game Studios has finally showed off an extensive look at gameplay footage for Starfield.

1. Starfield expected release date

It has been a really long wait for loyal Bethesda fans. Starfield was first announced at Bethesda's E3 press conference back in 2018. It took three more years before the official cinematic teaser trailer was shown in June of 2021. Originally planned for release on 11/11/22, Bethesda announced in May that Starfield would be delayed until 2023.

A delayed game is better than a buggy game, of course, but Bethesda games have always been buggy.

2. Starfield's General Story

Starfield is set in the year 2330 when humanity expanded out to a region called the Settled Systems. The gameplay starts off on the mysterious moon of Kreet, with the players' robot companion VASCO making his way out of the starship. Afterward, we see some aliens, other space things, and combat.

Starfield Kreet
The player character lands on Kreet.

The soundtrack is still the strong point of Bethesda, as the trailer has the game's main theme blasting in the background. At the end of the trailer, the player gets off at New Atlantis, meets a few NPCs, and has a brief chat about mysterious artifacts and "visions."

Starfield Combat
Starfield's gunplay is an improvement over Fallout 4.

3. Starfield Gameplay

Overall, the gameplay footage shown is fairly extensive, with both space dogfighting and ground combat. A lot of games have tried this combination, but none has succeeded in creating an extensive RPG out of it.

Starfield Newatlantis
New Atlantis, the capital planet of the Starfield universe.

After the New Atlantis section, Bethesda Game Studios' creative director Todd Howard gives us a look at Starfield's character creation tools and starter traits, which include advantages and disadvantages, and a skill system you unlock as you level up. This has always been one of the biggest fan-favorite features in the Fallout series. Its introduction in Starfield would definitely make the game more immersive.

Starfield Character Creation
Starfield Character Creation is fairly extensive.

Afterward, he also showed an outpost creator that allows you to build your own base. The best part, however, is the fact that players can customize their spaceships, changing the functionality and layout. The crew member roster can also be customized.

Starfield Skill System
Starfield Skill System is very similar to Skyrim.

Exploration is going to be one of the main activities in Starfield. You can land and poke your nose around anywhere on any planet in any system. There are going to be over 100 systems and over 1000 planets within the game, which makes Starfield the biggest Bethesda game to date.  And according to Todd Howard, all of those planets will be fully explorable. Players can land anywhere on any planet, get out, and start exploring.

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