Starfield’s Robot Companion VASCO Is Going To Be The Friend We Need

As the marketing engine fires up for Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi role-playing game Starfield, we’re getting dribs and drabs about what the game will end up being.

It has been described as ‘Skyrim in space’ and it seems at least one part of that experience is set to carry over into this new IP. Companions appear to be back, and VASCO, introduced in the game’s most recent vidoc, appears to be a favourite among the team.

VASCO, which already appeared in last year’s first teaser for Starfield, is a utilitarian robot built by Constellation to meet the needs of the mission. He’s industrial and is well-suited to the rigours of space travel.

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“It’s always fascinating to see who the breakout characters are, who players start to gravitate toward,” said lead artist Istvan Pely. “Even early in the process, before we had the full suite of characters, people in the studio started gravitating toward a robot.”

VASCO isn’t just fit for traversing rough terrain and carrying payloads, his bipedal chassis is fitted with defensive capabilities should the need arise. If he’s got a cheeky wit like some of video games’ other beloved robot characters, like Portal’s Wheatley or Infinite Warfare’s Ethan, then it’s easy to see how he’ll be a fan favourite.

Starfield is set to release on Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass on November 11.