Starfield: Everything you need to know

Starfield is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of this year, and perhaps the biggest game ever made by Bethesda. Taking Bethesda’s incredibly successful RPG formula to space, it’s an ambitious interstellar project. A lot of the game is still shrouded in mystery, but we have compiled all of the major things you need to know about it. 

Release date

Initially set to come out on November 11, 2022, Starfield was sadly delayed. Bethesda gave the reason that they wanted to make sure the game was in its best state and said it would be coming out in the first half of 2023. The game was delayed once more and is now set to come out on September 6, 2023. 

Platforms and exclusivity

Though Starfield was announced before ZeniMax Media was acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion, it is, unfortunately, going to be an Xbox exclusive and won’t be coming out for the PS5 or the PS4. The game will be coming to the Xbox Series X/S and PC and will be available on Xbox Game Pass as well. 

Pricing

Games have always become more and more expensive with each generation, and this time it’s no different. The new standard for AAA games seems to have become $70 which is also how much Starfield will cost. It is by no means cheap, but as mentioned above, the game will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on day 1. 

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System requirements

Bethesda has revealed Starfield’s system requirements and the game seems rather demanding. 

Minimum

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

Processor: Intel Core i7-6800K/AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 1070 Ti/AMD Radeon RX 5700

Storage: 125GB

RAM: 16GB

Additional Notes: SSD Required

Recommended

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

Processor: Intel i5-10600K/AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080/AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

Storage: 125GB

RAM: 16GB

Additional Notes: SSD Required

Setting and story

Although much about Starfield’s story hasn’t been revealed, we do know that you play as a member of the Constellation, an organization of space explorers who are traveling across the Settled Systems.

The player’s job is to discover the aftermath of the war between the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective which spanned solar systems that spanned systems. 

Gameplay

Gameplay-wise, Starfield is probably the biggest game made by Bethesda and is probably best described as Fallout meets No Man’s Sky. Players will be able to explore more than a thousand planets across a hundred systems, each with unique landscapes and environments. 

Gameplay mechanics from previous Bethesda games are returning, including but not limited to pick-pocketing, lock-picking, third and first-person view, persuasion minigames, NPC companions, and base building.

Some newer gameplay features are also coming such as the ability to create your spaceship which you will use to travel across the systems and engage in exciting ship-to-ship space combat.

Other features like the background mechanic where you get to select your character’s background during character creation will impact your playthrough, though it is unclear as to how.