The back-to-school video game season is off to a flying start with the release of Starfield. Bethesda's new space RPG will be available in just a few hours.
After the many failures of Xbox exclusives, the pressure is mounting for Bethesda. The most ambitious title of the year, Starfield, will be available within two weeks, and is already showing its fangs in a new live action trailer. Enough to give food for thought to fans of the American publisher, who will be able to discover one of the most ambitious games to date, with its hundreds of planets to explore, its complex story and its multiple gameplay elements. But what is Starfield and when is it? The answer is just below.
If the release of Starfield is still scheduled for September 6 at 2:00 am, it will still be possible to access the game more than 5 days before its release, from September 1 at 2:00 am as well. To have the right to participate in this early access, you will however have to opt for the Premium edition of the game, which offers you a whole bunch of cosmetics in addition to access to the game in advance, for an astronomical sum. from €109.99.
For anyone who owns an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, the question of a game's weight is always important, especially for a title as massive as Starfield. It's difficult for a console player to increase the storage size of their platform and, at a time when triple A games are increasingly bulky, revealing the weight of a new release is always crucial. However, the Starfield Microsoft Store page has just been updated, displaying a sorry 125 GB. Yet another blow for Series X and Series S players, who will also have to settle for a graphics mode at 30 fps.
Starfield has a disproportionate graphic ambition, it is undeniable, which has led players to wonder about the various technologies allowing to improve the frames per second, namely the DLSS of Nvidia or the Fidelity FX Super Resolution of AMD. These two technologies allow a higher quality rendering of the displayed image thanks to artificial intelligence, allowing to greatly gain in performance on the most demanding games. However, Microsoft announced that Starfield would only work with AMD's FSR, not Nvidia's DLSS. A blow for all RTX card owners who will have to settle for less optimized technology for their graphics cards.
It was in a 45-minute video that Bethesda gave us an update on Starfield. Largely absent from the last Developer Direct from Xbox and Bethesda last January, the game finally showed the tip of its nose throughout a show entirely devoted to it. On the menu, exploration, character creation, combat, crafting and construction, all in an extremely complete presentation that reassured many players. Indeed, after the catastrophic release of Redfall last May, Bethesda and Xbox had to show their credentials for their next flagship, scheduled for September 6 on PC and Xbox Series.
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You will play the character that you have decided to create in the first or third person, in his quest to forge a name for himself across the stars. More than 1000 planets can be explored, and you can access them using your fully customizable ship. There you will find resources that you will have to manage, enemies that you will have to overcome, and different factions that you can decide to follow or not to progress in the plot. Add to that crafting elements and extremely extensive character customization, and you'll have a gargantuan project that could well overwhelm your hard drive before destroying your framerate.
But that's not all, Starfield is also a pure RPG. You will therefore have access to a skill tree in addition to the in-depth customization of your protagonist. You will choose to invest points in it to unlock passive and active effects that you can then improve through different challenges. Enough to quickly take your adventurer from zero to hero. On the progression side, we also find the eternal crafting, which will allow you to modify and improve your weapons as you wish. Note that the game will also include the ability to build bases of operation where you want, and to hire NPCs there to perform various tasks.
To end this small technical presentation of the new title from Bethesda, we must look at some important information, disclosed by Phil Spencer, CEO of Xbox, during a recent interview as part of the Summer Game Fest. Players were indeed interested in the framerate of the game on consoles, which seemed quite low during the various gameplay presentations. Spencer then confirmed that the game would not have a 60fps graphics mode, and would instead be limited to 30fps on Xbox Series. A consequence of an artistic choice of Bethesda according to him, in particular due to the great graphic ambition of the game. The framerate of the game will not however be limited on PC.
If the takeover of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft has still not been concluded, this is not the case for Bethesda. The studio joined the group of the titanic Xbox holder for 8.1 billion euros in 2021, de facto calling into question the presence of Bethesda titles on Sony consoles. And for Starfield, unfortunately for Playstation gamers, the Xbox exclusivity ax has fallen. The game will therefore not be released on PS5 at least initially.
Long story short in our answer to this question: no, Starfield will not integrate multiplayer elements. Although nothing is ever set in stone, the game has, since its announcement in 2018, always been advertised as a single-player game. Note that it is always difficult to offer an experience of the size and ambition of this RPG in cooperation or multiplayer. Information which, although it is not new, perhaps deserves a little tear, as the potential of such a project in cooperation or multiplayer is titanic. Exploring the stars is good, with several it would still be a little better.