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Upcoming Bethesda RPG 'Starfield' Could Still Be Released On Current Gen Consoles

Upcoming Bethesda RPG 'Starfield' Could Still Be Released On Current Gen Consoles

Gamers always go wild when Fallout and Elder Scrolls creators Bethesda Game Studios unveil a new game, and the announcement of spacefaring RPG Starfield at the E3 expo was no different.

But the trailer for the game didn't show us much more than a logo, with no gameplay in sight. Fans have speculated that the game is a long way from being released - so long, in fact, that they fear the game might skip the PS4 and Xbox One entirely in favour of the next generation of consoles.

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Starfield's director Todd Howard has now offered up a small sliver of hope, though, and said that Bethesda has not ruled out releasing the game on current generation hardware.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Howard discussed the term 'next generation', stating: ""That to us means two things. It does mean hardware and it does mean software on our side, and it also means gameplay - what does the next generation of epic single-player RPGs feel like to us?"

Credit: Bethesda Game Studios
Credit: Bethesda Game Studios

However, Howard went on to say: "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."

It seems like nothing is set in stone, and that there is a genuine possibility that Starfield could be released on current generation consoles. However, Howard's ambitions for the game sound so high that Bethesda might have no choice but to leave PS4 and Xbox One players out in the cold. Best start saving your pennies for that new console just in case, eh?

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No matter where Starfield ends up, the concept of 'Elder Scrolls in space' sounds too good to pass up, so the game is sure to be a massive hit either way.

The next game to be released by Bethesda Game Studios will be Fallout 76, a multiplayer survival game set in the beloved Fallout universe. Starfield's release date is currently unknown, but it has been confirmed that the game is far more in line with the single player games that Bethesda is best known for.

Words by Tom Blagden

Featured Image Credit: Bethesda Game Studios

Topics: next gen, Bethesda, PS4, RPG

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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