Bethesda is known for many things, but largely for making some of the greatest games of the modern era like Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and so on. The team is hoping that with their next big title, Starfield, they’ll have another major hit on their hands. Pushing back the release date for the game to ensure that they have enough time to get it right had some fans angry, while others were more understanding–this was, after all, something they should have done with Fallout 76.
Even with more recent details on the game, there are still major questions that need to be answered, not the least of which regards the highly-touted single-player story. Todd Howard sat down to talk about this, noting that the game’s story would be about 20% longer than titles like Fallout 4 and Skyrim. Based on estimates, that would mean the game is about 30-40 hours long.
That’s a pretty good length for the main story and doesn’t include the countless amount of sidequests and expansive exploration that players can take on. Howard also knows that if they make Starfield the right way, people will be playing this for some time to come.
“We’ve learned that people do play our games for a really, really long time,” Howard said. “They’re still playing Skyrim – not straight for 10 years, but they leave it and they come back and there’s extra content. Certainly, we’re going to be doing extra content for this game, and we love our modding community. We actually think this game, for our modding community, is going to be a dream as there’s so much they could do.”
We’ll just have to see how far people can take things when the game comes out next year.