Bethesda’s Head of Publishing Hints at Player Freedom in Starfield
In a recent interview during the Bethesda MainStream Special Women in Gaming livestream at Gamescom 2023, Pete Hines, the head of publishing at Bethesda, suggested that modders of Starfield will have the ability to create their own planets and stories within the game.
Hines expressed his excitement about the potential of player freedom in Starfield, stating, “I get excited about this game because I love it so much and I love what we’ve made and what that team made, but there’s a lot more coming.”
He continued, “When you start to think about the kind of communities that come around Bethesda Game Studios’ games, and putting a tool like that in the hands of people to go, ‘How’d you like to make a planet?’ All of that is going to just be off the charts when you start getting a community to come in and add all the different things that they want to bring to it – their own stories they want to tell, or whatever it is.”
This news comes as no surprise, as Bethesda has a long history of supporting modding communities, with games like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim having a wide range of verified mods. This opens up exciting possibilities for creators who plan to mod Starfield.
Hines also confirmed that players will be able to visit every planet and moon they come across by using space jump, a feature that aligns with previous claims that the game will have over 1,000 accessible planets.
Starfield is set to officially launch on September 6 for Xbox Series X|S and PC, with pre-loading available now. However, players who have preordered the Premium or Constellation edition of Starfield can enjoy early access starting on September 1.
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