Mysterious new Bethesda IP Shoots For The Stars
Ever since it’s cryptic reveal at E3 2018, Bethesda’s upcoming Sci-Fi title Starfield has remained shrouded in mystery. Now, however, it seems that some information is beginning to leak in the run-up to a rumored release date announcement at this year’s digital E3 event. So far we’ve heard only small bits and pieces from Bethesda about the game.
It was announced back in 2020 that it would be coming to Xbox Game Pass on release, along with the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls 6. With no announcements about Starfield since then, it seemed that Bethesda were keeping things tightly under wraps – Until now. Streamer and gaming journalist Skullzi posted a number of screenshots of an alleged early alpha build of Starfield, giving us a brief view of what the game might look like.
This early image confirms that a staple of Bethesda’s modern games such as Skyrim and Fallout will be returning for Starfield – the ability to switch between first-person and third-person views. While these screenshots may not show much of the game overall, they can give us an idea of Starfield’s sci-fi aesthetic and visual design, and a hint at one of the five important factions players will be interacting with – Axion Energy.
The screenshots were verified by another gaming journalist with a history of reliable leaks, Jeff Grubb – but that wasn’t all he had to say. According to Grubb, Starfield will be a PC and Xbox exclusive, forgoing a PS5 edition. While this isn’t particularly surprising given the recent acquisition of Bethesda by Microsoft, it will certainly be a blow to PS5 players looking to experience the new Bethesda IP. With the Elder Scrolls 6 in development following its announcement at the same press conference as Starfield, this exclusivity deal could also be a bad sign for those expecting to journey into Tamriel on their PS5s.