We finally got our first look at Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, and the scope is as big as expected, maybe even more. According to director Todd Howard, there are over 1,000 planets players can fully explore.
In a preview of how space exploration works in Starfield, Howard chose the planet Jemison. Players can either land in the city of New Atlantis, “but you can also land and explore anywhere on the planet.” Howard then zoomed out and showed off how massive this planet is.
But it’s not just one planet. “From barren but resource-heavy ice balls, to Goldilocks planets with life. And not just this system, but over 100 systems – over 1,000 planets, all open for you to explore.”
Alongside the planet exploration, Howard showed off combat and character creation in Starfield. Players can create a unique character with a tailored backstory and it will all culminate in a unique RPG adventure.
While we’ve seen glimpses of Starfield before, this is the best look at Bethesda’s long-in-development RPG, including in-game video. There will be u7nique planets, ship customization and combat, unique creatures, and much more.
Starfield was originally set to release this November but was delayed to the first half of 2023.
Alongside the new look at Starfield, Xbox announced a new partnership with Hideo Kojima on a new game. For everything announced at the Xbox Bethesda Game Showcase, check here.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
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