Starfield shares DNA with Fallout and Elder Scrolls, says Bethesda

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In a recently released video from Bethesda Game Studios, studio leads discuss Starfield and the shared DNA it has with previous games.

Though you won’t find any new Starfield in-game footage in the video, it does share some cool new artwork and bits and pieces of the previous trailers, as well as a whopping 3 minutes of Skyrim. The real purpose of the video is to allow game director Todd Howard, art director Matt Carofano and studio director Angela Browder to discuss the thought process for games of Starfield’s scale.

Together they discussed previous games like Fallout and the Elder Scrolls and how they have affected the future of Starfield, with some decisions being taken from their previous work. They likened the relationship to having “shared DNA”

Starfield’s planned gameplay is compared a lot to Skyrim and they hope to catch lightning in a bottle again with that one. A game where it’ll feel familiar to Skyrim, fresh and new as well as a successful one at that. So the discussion goes into what makes it all feel good to play.

“We like playing first person,” said Todd Howard. “We like having all the coffee cups. We like being able to touch everything. Those moments make the whole thing believable. Being able to watch the sunset and night time come, and just sit there and watch the world go by. Seems like it’s not gameplay. But it is vital to how you feel through the rest of it.”

Starfield shared DNA

These words resonate with me, just being present in the world and experiencing what nature had to offer when I was still spending time with Skyrim made it all the more better. Much like how I enjoyed my morning coffee in Red Dead Redemption 2 or in the stars within the galaxy map of the SSV Normandy from Mass Effect 2. These are the moments I remember the most as I’ve spent my gameplay simply living within these worlds and experiencing them from my living room.

With how careful Bethesda seems to be at trying to replicate this “shared DNA,” you can color me cautiously optimistic on the promise of Starfield.

We’ll find out when it launches on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC. It’ll be also launching as a day one release on Game Pass, which together with its absence on PlayStation has managing editor Matthew Arcilla theorizing that it’s all part of Microsoft’s consolidation of the power of Game Pass.