Bethesda have announced that Starfield has ‘gone gold’, not that it really means much these days when games have massive day one patches. That may be the case as the game will be available to preload from tomorrow, August 17th on Xbox, while PC players on Steam have to wait until August 30th.
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) August 16, 2023
That should give you plenty of time to download the game which go live on September 1st if you bought the Digital Premium Edition or Constellation Edition, standard edition users will have to wait until September 6th. As well as a full paid release, the game will naturally be in Xbox Game Pass on day one as all of Microsoft’s first party games are, though it almost certainly won’t be in the new Game Pass Core tier that is replacing Xbox Live Gold.
Bethesda are sticking with 30fps on Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, though this will let them push 4K and 1440p respectively – pretty impressive on the lower-powered console! Sadly for 60fps advocates, it doesn’t look like this will be an option, even on Xbox Series X.
Speaking to IGN, Howard said, “I think it will come as no surprise, given our previous games, that we go for always these huge open worlds [that are] fully dynamic, hyper-detailed where anything can happen, and we do want to do that, you know.
“It’s 4K on the [Series] X, 1440p on the [Series] S, we do lock it at 30, because we want all that fidelity, we want all that stuff, we don’t want to sacrifice anythin
Bethesda has released an animated anthology series for their upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield, introducing us to the different core systems, planets and cities that we’ll be visiting.
At the heart of human civilisation in this game are the three capitals of New Atlantis, Akila City and Neon. Let’s dive in with three distinct stories told in these settings.
The first short visits New Atlantis, the capital of the United Colonies, where courier pilot Kent aspires to reach the capital’s elite by joining UC Vanguard.
Next we jump over to Akila City where Vanna is seeking a way off the planet, and has to scrounge for parts to fix her broken ship and make it out of the atmosphere.
Finally we delve down in the scum and villainy of Neon, where street rats Ada and Harper look to make a living by stealing from partygoers in the “pleasure city”. This gets the attention of Ryujin Industries…
They’re three little morsels of world-building that we get before the full game’s release, and it will be interesting to see how much of this kind of narrative transfers to the full game – will we meet these characters?