​Bethesda’s Starfield Has Been In The Works For Over 10 Years

Ever wondered how long it takes for a AAA game to come to light? According to Bethesda director Todd Howard, some can take over ten years - and they're still not finished!

We all know the video game company for being the masterminds behind the current Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, but they've actually been working on a secret title for over a decade.

There's not that much known about it as Starfield was only shown to us at E3 this year, and all we got was a short teaser and a brief description from Howard.

He emphasised just how long they've been working on their 'first wholly original franchise', but apart from that we're kind of in the dark.

Rumours starting making the rounds when Bethesda trademarked Starfield in 2015, straight after working on Fallout 4, but thanks to a couple of recent interviews, we know they've been planning it for a very long time.

"After Fallout 4 ended. End of 2015? But back when we - 2004, we had made a list of what we might want to do in the future. Epic science fiction game, that's always been on my mind," Howard told Eurogamer and Venturebeat at Gamelab 2018.

"Post-apocalyptic was our first choice, sci-fi was our second at the time - we were going to do our own post-apocalyptic universe if we didn't get Fallout [from Interplay in 2004]."

Credit: Bethesda
Credit: Bethesda

He continued: "We just talked about it, and then I guess it really picked up steam - we're going to do this, register the trademark, about five years ago.

"Then we would talk about it from time to time during that period. What are we going to do? And we started work right after Fallout 4 was finished."

Even though the mysterious title has been in production for quite a while, don't expect it to be released anytime soon.

"We're pushing it; we're thinking very, very far in future, so we're building something that will handle next-generation hardware. That's what we're building on right now, that's where our mind is, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't exist on the current systems as well."

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Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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