Bethesda has released a new Starfield video in which game director Todd Howard answers a series of questions from the gaming community.
The video, which can be seen below, begins with Howard explaining how the upcoming game was inspired by classic RPGs like Traveler and Sundog.
He goes on to discuss whether Bethesda considers the game hard sci-fi. Although the game relies on scientific precision and logic, the studio made some concessions.
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For example, says Howard. “We were really passionate about fuel and how gravity drive works. And I’m reading about quantum physics and space bending in front of you. You’re not actually warping, you’re bending space towards — you bring space towards you. And so we were playing that and it became very punishing for the player. Your ship would run out of fuel and the game would just stop.
“You just want to get back to what you were doing, so we recently changed it where your ship’s fuel and gravity drive limit how far you can travel at once, but it’s not running out of fuel. It there may be an update or mod that will allow this, but that’s what we’re doing now.
Howard also said that players will be able to remove negative character traits by completing quests.
“We have a way in the game, some sort of activity or quest that you can do to remove that trait, as opposed to ‘I don’t like my character, I want to start over’. Each one of them is something. that you can resolve that removes the entire trait for the rest of your game.
The studio has returned to a “classic Bethesda-style” dialogue system for Starfield, which sees players looking at characters and how they speak before choosing how to interact with them.
The game currently has over 250,000 lines of dialogue compared to around 60,000 in Skyrim and 110,000 in Fallout 4.
Howard, who previously said the game’s main story could take 30 to 40 hours to complete, showcased Starfield’s first gameplay in a 15-minute reveal during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in June.
A month earlier, Bethesda pushed back this year’s Starfield release date to the first half of 2023.