Starfield: Bethesda’s sci-fi adventure currently has more than 250,000 lines of dialogue

Starfield (Rollenspiel) von Bethesda

The release of Bethesda’s giant project Starfield is still a long time coming, but game director Todd Howard wants to keep fans up to date on the status of development.

In an internal Question and answer session the industry icon now spoke about inspirations for the sci-fi adventure, whether Starfield is hard sci-fi or not and revealed the brutal number of dialogue lines in the game.

Starfield: You’re talking your mouths off here

The last point in particular should be of interest to fans of Bethesda’s role-playing games and once again illustrates the sheer scope that Starfield wants to offer players. As of this writing, the space adventure has more than 250,000 lines of dialogue and you’re not even done yet!

For comparison: In the fantasy open world of Skyrim you could read a total of around 60,000 lines of dialogue and the post-apocalypse Fallout 4 even managed around 111,000. So Starfield has more text than the two Bethesda classics together, for which Todd Howard mainly blames the speech persuasion system, in which you use NPCs by cleverly choosing dialogues for your purposes.

Is Starfield Hard science fiction or not?

In addition to asking about the dialogue system, fans also wanted to know if Starfield belongs in the category of hard science fiction – a subgenre that emphasizes scientific accuracy and understandable logic.

Howard had a hard time answering the question because he wasn’t sure exactly what it means for players to put Starfield in that category or not. However, he and his team are actually very careful to build a coherent world in which you can also see how the spaceships work:

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“We really looked into fuel and how gravity propulsion works. And I read scientific articles about quantum physics and how to bend space in front of you. You don’t really teleport, you curve space towards you.”

But you shouldn’t look at it so narrowly, Howard said with a wink, Starfield is just a video game: “A hard science fiction video game? You’d just die in cold space.” Bethesda’s space role-playing game is currently planned for the first half of 2023 and will be released for PC and Xbox Series X|S.