E3 2019 - Todd Howard On Starfield, Bethesda's First New IP In 25 Years

Starfield wants to have its own sci-fi tone.


Appearing on GameSpot's E3 2019 Live Show stage, Bethesda boss Todd Howard spoke at a high level about one of the company's ambitious upcoming games which was announced at E3 2018: the sci-fi title Starfield.

Howard explained that Bethesda's goal with Starfield--which is Bethesda's first new IP in 25 years--is to have it stand apart from the wealth of science fiction stories out there in media.

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"There is a lot of science fiction. There's less in games actually; there's more in movies and television," Howard said. "And for us, that's a world and IP and game we've thought about for a decade. It's our first new IP in 25 years."

"Our goal is it has its uniqueness where it stands up with Fallout and Elder Scrolls and Starfield, and it's its own thing. We spend a lot of time on tone. Not just game flow, but how does it feel so you look at it and say, 'That's Starfield' versus Star Trek or Star Wars."

Unfortunately, because it's so early, Howard is talking about specifics about Starfield at this stage. The game skipped E3 2019, which was the same for Bethesda's other major upcoming game, The Elder Scrolls VI. Howard has talked about how both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI may not release until the next-generation of consoles come out.

Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI did not appear at Bethesda's E3 2019 briefing this week. The publisher instead revealed a Fallout 76 battle royale mode, while Dishonored studio Arkane announced a new game called Deathloop and The Evil Within studio Tango Gameworks revealed Ghostwire: Tokyo. You can check out GameSpot's Bethesda E3 2019 news recap to see all the big reveals.

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