After years of speculation and hype, Starfield was finally grandly revealed during Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 2021 expo. Well, sort of.
Todd Howard took to the stage at the beginning of the show to introduce a new two-minute trailer for the game. The clip shows an astronaut circling a spaceship while dubbing to tease some of the lore of the universe. After some lengthy inside shots (including a close-up of a highly detailed sandwich), the pilot approached the ship’s cockpit and looked out over the planet’s sprawling surface as a ship passed . We finally get a glimpse of the game’s 2022 release date and then the title.
It’s twice as long as the original one-minute trailer, but barely offers any new information. Despite the introduction in the prime time slot, there’s still not much reason to get excited about actually playing Starfield – and that’s been an issue throughout this year’s E3 in general.
The Starfield The teaser Bethesda showed on Sunday could well be the vague logo reveal we’ve seen. three years ago. Functionally, it’s not much different; We are left with only assumptions about how it will play. One shot signaled that it would be a shooter, while the sprawling planetary shooting scene teased its open-world element.
There are only two new pieces of information in the teaser, but neither of them are related to gameplay. We know the game is scheduled to launch on November 11, 2022, and it will be an Xbox exclusive release on Game Pass on launch day.
It was a weak achievement after three years of waiting. Those hoping to eventually see the game in action simply need to keep waiting. The moment isn’t even about Starfield; it was a way for Microsoft to start by increasing the value of their Game Pass and new Bethesda acquisition with an exclusive announcement (which players largely assumed already).
Why should we rejoice about Starfield at this time? For many players, the fact that it was developed by Bethesda Game Studios is enough. The team is responsible for both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series for the past two decades, so expectations are high. The assumption is that the studio will bring its signature RPG franchise to space, creating what could be the next Skyrim.
It is a dangerously high expectation when we know so little. This is the same studio that created Fallout 76, afterall. Quality is never guaranteed in the gaming world, regardless of developer pedigree – just look at last year Cyberpunk 2077 failure. Without the actual game or solid details about Starfield, Bethesda still hasn’t given us a reason to start counting down the days until next November.
The Art of the Trailer
This is not just a problem with Starfield at E3 this year. It was a persistent problem throughout the show. Ubisoft closed its showcase with a cinematic look at Avatar: Pandora’s Border. It’s gorgeous, but it could also be a clip from the movie itself. Most players won’t even realize it’s a clip-based first-person game.
Microsoft’s mile-per-minute referrals have fallen into that trap many times. Games like Smuggled goods there are vague intros that keep us from having more than one title. Perhaps the worst offender is The Outer World 2, which has a meta trailer that jokes about having nothing to show the viewer.
None of this is new to the game. Vague trailers are a hallmark of the E3 conference, and they can be fun when used sparingly. Redfall, Bethesda’s more promising announcement from the show, had a particularly hilarious cinematic trailer that successfully captured the player’s interest with its tone and setting. We may not know what the gameplay looks like, but it gives a full sense of the kind of energy it brings.
There is an art to creating a successful video game trailer. Bethesda is a hit-and-miss when it comes to that skill. Until we actually see the footage that gives the feeling Starfield looks like outside of pre-rendered footage, it’s hard to blindly climb aboard the hype train.
Avoid the other Cyberpunk 2077 The situation begins with players setting their expectations based on what they are shown, not what they expect to see.