Bethesda Softworks recently released a video in which it delves into the development of its upcoming game, Starfield. During this video, Bethesda teases that the next big title from the company will feature "step out" moments similar to previous titles such as Fallout and Skyrim.
During a discussion about Bethesda Softworks titles and development on Starfield, executive producer Todd Howard joined Art Director Matt Carofano and Studio Director Angela Browder to tease the upcoming title. Included with the teasers about Starfield, the trio also discussed the unique feel of Bethesda titles, the complexity, and setting of various video games, and the rewarding feeling of accomplishing new milestones in games of all sorts. While discussing similarities between Bethesda Softworks titles, Todd Howard teased that Starfield will have more than one step out moment.
Step out moments in Bethesda titles have been mimicked by other games such as Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Ubisoft's Immortals Fenyx Rising. Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 both have similar step out moments represented by the protagonist emerging from their respective vaults which preserved them during a nuclear apocalypse. The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion and Skyrim step out moments are also comparable as in the former, the protagonist is escaping a sewer network and in the latter, the main character is fleeing the dragon-ravaged Helgen.
During the development of Starfield, Bethesda Softworks may be looking at ways to keep players engaging for countless hours just likes series' such as Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Todd Howard admitted to underestimating how long Bethesda fans spend in its worlds but stated that the company has always been creating worlds that would whisk players away. Although Starfield will vary from Fallout and The Elder Scrolls in many ways, Howard suggested that it may have similarities like playing first-person, the ability to pick up and observe nearby objects more closely, and the dynamic world around the player remaining active whether or not they are.
"The mechanics of the (Starfield) world are entirely different," said Todd Howard who explained one of the key differences between the upcoming Bethesda game and its predecessors. "Technology has changed, we've all changed so our expectations have changed," Howard continued, imagining a player loading up a game in anticipation of one of Bethesda's step out moments. "Us being able to do that and have it feel new every generation and every game is something that is really special about what we do."
Todd Howard's aptly named step out moments are becoming a staple in videogames and instead of only offering one, Howard briefly teased that Starfield will have two of these moments. While some Skyrim fans may argue that their favorite RPG offered two step out moments before the release of Starfield, Howard's cryptic wording suggests that Starfield's two will differ in scope. If some of the other teasers are to be taken seriously, one of these Starfield moments may be the first gravity-defying launch of a spacecraft.
Starfield releases for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in 2022.
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