Improbable E3 rumour: Bethesda to reveal Starfield, a space RPG

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It’s that time of the year where video game rumours go in to overdrive – and while most of them end up being a sort of wish fulfilment, fanboy fantasy drivel, some hold sparks of truth. Usually, the sources of said rumours help add credence or remove any shred of veracity entirely.

4chan is one of those sources where it’s exceedingly hard to tell. The ethereal posts on the message board have sometimes proven to be accurate leaks. The latest supposed leak comes out of Bethesda (via VG247). It suggests that at E3 this year we’ll be seeing two big games from the game development side of Bethesda. The first is one that we know is going to make an appearance, as it did at last year’s E3 in a rudimentary form.

That game is Fallout 4 VR, which puts the post-apocalyptic RPG shooter into a pair of privilege goggles. The other game is a little more intriguing. It’s apparently called Starfield, and is a typical Bethesda RPG set in space. According to the rumour, it’s been in some sort of production since Fallout 3’s development ended, but only picked up real steam with the completion of Fallout 4. The rumour suggests that it’s set in the same universe as Fallout 4, only n that world’s future.

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What makes it odd is that it’s also apparently set in the same world as The Elder Scrolls, which the leak says is set after Starfield.

“Basically Fallout is the beginning of the timeline, Starfield is the middle, and Elder Scrolls is Far Future.”

Okay then. The game will apparently have 5 to 10 races, space travel, and an interconnected hub world. The game will also feature randomly generated game worlds in conjunction with designed areas as a way to test the appeal of Minecraft-like games within a AAA game.

Interesting rumour, sure, but one that’s hard to believe. We’ll know if it’s real within a week.

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Last Updated: June 6, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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