We’ll have to wait a while for Starfield to arrive, and Bethesda has filled the time with developer diaries giving us a glimpse into what the interstellar RPG has to offer. The latest one is all about quests.
The latest entry in Bethesda’s Constellation Questions series features Will Shen, Starfield’s lead designer. The discussion starts with a question about random encounters. Not only does Starfield have them, but they’ve also been enlarged: you’ll randomly find entire settlements with mini quests to complete as you explore the game’s many planets. One of those planets is Earth, of course, and Shen confirmed that players will be able to return home as part of certain quests. Earth is known as “the old neighborhood” in Starfield – a term that really helps convey the scale of the game.
Shen also asks some questions about factions. Fallout and Elder Scrolls are known for letting the player take sides, but in Starfield you can join any faction at any time without being left out of the crowd. There will probably be points of no return for each faction, but until then you can make decisions about the politics and members of each group. Likewise, as is the Bethesda tradition, your decisions as a player determine the fate of the main characters in the story.
Your companions will even be able to do some of this interaction for you. Of course, that can go well or badly, depending on the companion in question. We imagine VASCO the robot is pretty diplomatic and straightforward, but Bethesda games have always had some slick sidekicks too.
The first Constellation Questions video featured Todd Howard himself. The director gave quite a few answers and went into more detail about Starfield’s trait system. These allow for additional character customization, albeit with some trade-offs. For example, you can have your own personal dream house built, but you will incur a debt of 50,000 credits. Howard also stated that you can remove the negative effects of certain properties by completing missions, such as paying off that home loan.
The biggest “constellation question” right now is: when is Starfield’s release date? The game has already been delayed, but will launch sometime in 2023. It will be an Xbox console exclusive when it arrives, and it will also be available on Game Pass for Xbox and PC on day one.