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Starfield Looks Impossibly Good In Its Huge 45-Minute Deep Dive

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Today’s Xbox Games Showcase and Starfield Direct wasn’t just a massive showcase of Xbox Games, it was also a Starfield Direct!

Following right after the Xbox variety show wrapped, Todd Howard and the team at Bethesda spent close to an hour going all-in on everything Starfield, from the absolutely monumental task of developing what is promising to be the biggest and most ambitious Bethesda RPG to date, to blow-by-blow explanations of a ton of the exciting gameplay and features it’ll have to offer when it launches for Xbox Series X|S and PC on September 6.

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Starting with the promise of “over 1000” planets to explore, the studio takes viewers on a journey through character creation, ship building, exploration, space combat, cities, galaxy simulation, weapons and a whole lot more. There’s genuinely so much to take in from this one look at the game that it seems nearly impossible to fathom how anyone will play and finish this game in their lifetime.

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It’s got the procedural generation and space sim chops of the later, better versions of No Man’s Sky while somehow seemingly retaining the hand-crafted and detailed nature of a Bethesda RPG. It’s got fully customisable and habitable ships and bases, it’s got huge cities and spaceports, ridiculously deep RPG systems and looks gorgeous to boot. Kids, I don’t know how they’re doing it but it really looks like they’re doing it.

Take a look at the full, 45-minute deep dive below and tell me this game isn’t some fever dream we’ve collectively concocted to imagine what games could be with unlimited time, resources and people power:

Also announced was a quite of Starfield goodies from a special edition Xbox Wireless Controller and matching Xbox Headset to the various different editions of the game, including a fancy collector’s edition that includes a working watch.

Starfield releases on September 6 for Xbox Series X|S and PC and will be available Day One on Game Pass.