Starfield features complex romantic relationships, Howard says

Starfield fans have been starving a little bit over the news lately. Luckily, Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard made a feature-length appearance in the Lex Fridman video.

As usual, Howard spoke at length about a variety of topics and games, including Starfield itself. One of the major new storylines revealed by the designer is the focus on more complex romantic relationships compared to previous BGS games. These will be shown in four of the available companion players.

One of the things that we’ve already pushed in Starfield — so we have a number of mates, but four of them, we go, I wouldn’t say super complex romance, but more complex relationships than we’ve had in terms of not just whether they like you or they don’t. They could be in love with you and hate something you did and get angry with you temporarily and then fall back in love with you. In a lot of games, you just work your way up, they love you more and more and more, and now you’re in a relationship. When you make him upset, you walk away like it never happened, while we wanted a good relationship, we could be in a relationship and committed to each other in some way, but I did something that really made you angry. As opposed to just getting out of this situation, you are in a temporary “I don’t like what you did” state.

This obviously ties into the enhanced dialogue/persuasion system that Todd Howard discussed earlier. The famous game designer said a lot about Starfield in the video broadcast, emphasizing that the different spacesuits offer various buffs in toxicity and/or temperature resistance that will be needed while exploring planets with extreme weather conditions. It was also revealed that star systems would have levels and, therefore, a certain amount of difficulty associated with them.

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Starfield has been delayed to the first half of 2023 along with Arkane’s Redfall. On the subject, Howard mentioned that the team wanted to say they could get the game done in time for the original 11/11/22 release date (exactly eleven years after Skyrim launched), but there was a lot of risk involved for the team, to Xbox And ultimately for the fans too.

An updated release date hasn’t been set yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as it does. In the meantime, check out our page for a compilation of every scrap of info we could find on Starfield.

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