Not too long ago, Bethesda officially revealed the existence of its forthcoming science fiction project known as Starfield, with the title making its public debut during the publisher and developer’s E3 2018 press conference. After this, Bethesda Game Studios director and executive producer Todd Howard said that the release is a “next-generation” game, and now he has decided to further elaborate on the matter to bring fans up to speed.
Recently, Todd Howard spoke to Eurogamer, with the outlet asking him what he meant when he stated that Starfield is “next-generation,” which led to the Bethesda executive stating that it has dual meanings. According to the Bethesda Game Studios director, “That to us means two things – it does mean hardware and it does mean software on our side, and it also means gameplay – what does the next generation of epic single-player RPGs feel like to us?”
While there’s a good possibility that Howard’s definition of “next-generation” could mean that Starfield might see its release on platforms such as PlayStation 5 or the next Xbox console, the Bethesda executive hasn’t ruled out the chance of the game coming out for current-gen systems. Regarding the matter, Howard said, “What systems we put it out on – what’s the hardware requirements – is still to be determined. We’re pushing it; we’re thinking very, very far in future so we’re building something that will handle next-generation hardware. That’s what we’re building on right now, that’s where our mind is, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t exist on the current systems as well.”
As indicated by Howard, Bethesda began dedicating people to Starfield after Fallout 4 released, but the studio has been discussing the project as far back as 2004, which indicates that the company wants to ensure it’s able to stand up to scrutiny against such solid franchises as The Elder Scrolls and the aforementioned post-apocalyptic series. After all, Bethesda is primarily known for those two properties, so Starfield will need to be honed as much as possible before it goes live.
Although there’s no telling exactly when Starfield will become available, much less when we will actually see gameplay of the title, it seems as if production is moving along nicely, as Howard has confirmed that the game is currently in a playable state. With any luck, Bethesda will have more to show of Starfield in 2019 once the studio has completed its work on Fallout 76.
Starfield is currently in development for unspecified platforms.