Fans finally got their first meaningful look at Starfield, and in addition to new details about space exploration and combat, players now know how character creation and skills work in Bethesda’s new RPG.
As part of the Xbox and Bethesda showcase, Starfield game director Todd Howard described Starfield’s character designer as the studio’s “most flexible yet” featuring almost every element of a character, including understood their way of walking, which can be personalized.
At the start, players will choose from a list of character backgrounds that award three starting skills. Starfield’s first gameplay trailer showed more than a dozen backgrounds to choose from, ranging from Cyber Runner to Diplomat. Skills granted from these backgrounds can be as simple as dealing more damage to certain enemy types to being more persuasive in speech challenges.
Players also have the option to select up to three traits in addition to their experience. Traits are optional and, according to Howard, grant unique advantages and disadvantages. Examples from the gameplay trailer showed traits like Spaced, which grants temporary health and stamina boosts while the player is in space, but health and stamina debuffs while in space. the surface of a planet. Another trait called Starter Home grants players “a little house on a peaceful little moon,” but comes with a $50,000 mortgage payment.
It wouldn’t be an RPG without skill trees, and Starfield has those too. The gameplay trailer shows off five different skill trees to choose from: physical, social, combat, science, and technology. Each tree has a number of different skills to choose from. Howard said Starfield’s skill system “combines the best” of skill systems from previous Bethesda RPGs. New skills are unlocked by leveling up. Skills can then be ranked using that corresponding skill while completing associated challenges, further increasing the skill’s effectiveness.
Starfield is definitely an RPG, but will also include elements like base building and space combat. According to Howard, over 1,000 planets will be present in Starfield for players to explore.
Originally slated for a November 2022 release, Starfield has been delayed and is now expected to release in the first half of 2023 for Xbox Series X consoles | S and PC.
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