Bethesda’s Starfield might be a next-gen console game

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Starfield! Bethesda’s first new game in 25 years!

Seriously, that’s all that I know about the game, but I need to pad this article out a bit further so uh…uhhhh…it rhymes with Garfield? One other bit of concrete information that is known about Bethesda’s next big project, is that it’s going to be a long long time before we see it on store shelves. While Bethesda’s E3 press conferences are known for introducing games that are usually trotted out within a few months, this year’s event saw the publisher cast its gaze towards the future with Starfield, DOOM: Eternal and The Elder Scrolls VI.

The biggest question might be reserved for exactly which platform we’ll even see Starfield on. Could it be a next-generation game? It certainly might be, if today’s hardware can’t keep up with what Bethesda has planned for Starfield. “I’m gonna be honest, I don’t know the answer to that yet, Bethesda Game Studios’ creative director Todd Howard said to GameSpot.

When you’re making a game, you want to get the best stuff on the screen

I can’t absolutely say yes to [leaving current generation console behind]. We’re not going to limit the game that way yet. I’m willing to [leave current generation consoles behind] but it’s not a priority right now. I’d put it that way. When you’re making a game, you want to get the best stuff on the screen, and then you optimize and you do things and if it lands here, we can cast a wider net, great. But if we can’t … we’ve done that before.

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It’s an interesting stand to take. One the one hand, you get the best possible hardware to make your game shine, but you also have to contend with missing out on a playerbase with a sizable numbers advantage. I don’t see Starfield not making its way to current-gen however, as today’s consoles still have plenty of juice inside of them, especially with machines such as the Xbox One X providing a delicious taste of new-gen in a current-gen body.

As for Starfield itself? I’m hoping that it’s the kind of space exploration and cosmic dogfighting game that I’ve been waiting for. I just want to be a citizen of the stars. At least with Bethesda, that’s a dream that will actually come true.

Last Updated: June 20, 2018

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