Given that Bethesda rose to fame through its Elder Scrolls series, many are likely assuming the upcoming sci-fi title will offer something similar, just with a deep space setting. However, Xbox’s Matt Booty says Starfield will be more than just a Skyrim reskin. Either way, fans are excited to see what hard work the Maryland-based developer is up to. Given that Starfield is based on sci-fi, it seems only fitting for the team to seek advice, and that’s what Howard recently discussed.
A recent interview with Howard revealed that Bethesda met with SpaceX and its CEO Elon Musk to learn from his expertise in developing Starfield. The Elder Scrolls director and executive producer said he was “intimidated” by what he saw at the spacecraft maker’s premises, adding that it was like “Avengers meets NASA”. It seems pretty obvious from the video that Howard was blown away by what was shown to the team and what he himself learned. Although he continues to admit that he doesn’t understand the behind-the-scenes approaches to spaceflight, it’s clear that the visit at least partially inspired Starfield. The discussion begins around 1:07:00.
Speaking of SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has been making waves since taking over Twitter, with the initial acquisition beginning in April 2022 and closing in late October. Musk himself has spoken about his love of video games in the past, so it’s not too surprising that he’s open to meeting with Bethesda in preparation for an upcoming space RPG.
Starfield is said to feature over 1,000 planets, which will likely make it the studio’s biggest game yet. Unfortunately, there is no indication when it will actually be released. The currently proposed launch window is in the first half of 2023.