In an appearance on Episode 143 of the Kinda Funny XCast, Todd Howard provided some insights into Starfield, Bethesda’s highly anticipated game. Despite dedicating significant time to showcasing the game, there were still unanswered questions, and Howard took the opportunity to address some of them.
One of the most talked-about topics within the community was whether players would have access to land vehicles for exploration. Unfortunately, the answer is no.
“No. You know, we design it, similar to our other games, to feel good on foot, but we do have the boost pack. You saw glimpses of it in the video, and there are skills associated with it. The boost pack almost acts like a vehicle, allowing you to fly through the game. It’s incredibly fun. Additionally, the low gravity planets offer a unique and special experience in the game,” explained Howard.
While the inclusion of a jetpack may alleviate some concerns, it is disappointing that players won’t have a dedicated vehicle for planetary exploration. Even the older Xbox 360 game, Mass Effect, allowed limited exploration with land vehicles. Although Bethesda Game Studios has never officially supported land vehicles, modders managed to add them to Fallout. There remains a possibility that Starfield could receive unofficial mod support for land vehicles.
Another missing feature mentioned in the interview is fishing. Fishing was eventually added to Skyrim, so there is a chance it may be added to Starfield through post-launch updates, especially with the confirmed Shattered Space story expansion.
Overall, these may be minor shortcomings if Bethesda can deliver on all the promised features of the game, including space combat, spaceship building, improved RPG elements, refined gunplay, romance options, outposts, and a vast amount of handcrafted content. In a previous interview, Todd Howard described the game as having the content of five or six games combined. If they can fulfill this vision alongside a highly polished release (according to Xbox Game Studios Head Matt Booty, Starfield already has fewer bugs than previous Bethesda titles), it has the potential to be a strong contender for game of the year.
Starfield is scheduled to launch on September 6th for PC and Xbox Series S|X. However, early access will be granted to those with the deluxe edition and constellation edition, starting five days earlier.
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