We had to wait a long time, but now there are finally tangible moving image scenes from the new Bethesda RPG Starfield. In the supposedly gigantic open-world adventure, we set out as the captain of our own spaceship to explore new worlds and salvage artifacts. We meet different factions, travel through the most diverse climate zones and even encounter extraterrestrial life. What we already know about gameplay and story, we have summarized for you in the article with video.
Character creation in Starfield: worship snakes and eat aliens
In Starfield we work for Constellation, an organization dedicated to exploring the vastness of space. But before we can set off into worlds that no human has ever seen, we first have to decide who we want to play in the first place. We can freely choose the sex, appearance and origin of our character and also personalize it with some unique characteristics. Skin color, body type and even gait can be chosen from various options.
Later we can change our selection in the genetic laboratory as we wish. According to Todd Howard, this is the most flexible character editor Bethesda has implemented in a game to date.
Then we choose from different backgrounds that determine which special skills we start the game with. For example, figures that have experience in cybernetics deal more damage against robots, are better at using laser weapons, and have a bonus to healing.
Diplomats get more generous offers from merchants and can persuade NPCs more easily, and someone trained in the galaxy’s finest kitchens can turn even the most alien alien into an exotic delicacy straight away.
We can acquire new skills with skill points as we level up. After that, just like in the Elder Scrolls games, we improve them by using them often. There are apparently 4 ranks for each skill.
Optionally, we then set a maximum of three properties for our character. These range from personality traits to family and possessions to religion. Interesting information about the world of Starfield can therefore also be gleaned from some of these possibilities.
From the description of the “Neon Street Rat” property, for example, we learn that the metropolis of Neon is a stronghold for criminals. Those who choose to have grown up there will receive special dialogue options and more money from clients in the region, but also generate higher bounties on other factions.
In terms of religious affiliation, there appear to be three major denominations in the Starfield universe: The Church of the Enlightened and the Sanctum Universe, which are in direct competition with each other, and the followers of the Great Serpent, arguably named a serpent deity.
Their homage even has physical effects, causing us to lose maximum energy if we don’t jump often enough. In return, regular hopping increases our vitality. Possibly “jumping” in this context isn’t meant quite literally, but describes a hyperspace jump between different planets.