While we all wait in anticipation for Starfield, Bethesda released an actually pretty epic live-action trailer for its first new IP in 25 years during today’s gamescom Opening Night Live – and if you didn’t know any better, you’d maybe just think it was the first look at a big-budget sci-fi feature film.
The trailer, appropriately soundtracked by an orchestral cover of Elton John’s Rocket Man, shows the latest look at Starfield’s intergalactic setting, complete with starships, gorgeous planetary landscapes, and more. It’s a clear spotlight on the world-building that Bethesda is doing with Starfield, following in the footsteps of the vast worlds built by series like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.
You can watch the trailer below.
That wasn’t the only appearance Starfield made at gamescom; Bethesda’s Todd Howard also took the stage alongside Opening Night Live host Geoff Keighley to say a few words about the game, revealing more details about the faction of The Constellation and calling it “NASA meets Indiana Jones.” There was also a stunning piano performance by Starfield composer Inon Zur.
All this comes just as we’re in the home stretch for Starfield, which will debut in early access on Sept. 1 and then release wider to PC and Xbox Series X/S on Sept. 6. Critics already have their hands on the game, with reviews set to debut Aug. 31, but be careful: spoilers have already leaked online.
For more from gamescom Opening Night Live, check out our roundup of everything announced, and catch up on everything we know about Starfield so far.
Alex Stedman is a Senior News Editor with IGN, overseeing entertainment reporting. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.
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