Bethesda’s New Starfield Trailer Offers As Much Detail As The First One
A Bit Of Back Story And Politics, Not Much Else
Bethesda is keeping the mystery alive with their new Starfield trailer, once again we are left with far more questions than answers. The area you will be exploring takes place about 50 light-years from our solar system, in a settled colony with several factions vying for control. The system is recovering from a war between the two major factions, the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective, which has left a vacuum that is being filled by Ecliptic mercenaries, the zealots of House Va’ruun and of course space pirates, organized into the Crimson Fleet.
We also learned a bit about Constellation, the entity which your character works for. They are more exploration than expansion, tasked with searching the as yet unexplored areas of the system and it’s planets for mysteries, about which we don’t know much about what they could be.
The trailer doesn’t show gameplay nor mysterious anomalies, mostly stills of NPCs, high tech cities and orbital facilities and nothing in the way of gameplay, unless the ramp closing at the end was done in game. It is over a year out, so there is no cause for worry yet. Here’s hoping the next reveal gives us a peek at what the game will look like.
The developers have dived into Starfield's history, and revealed a handful of factions we'll come across on our space travels. It's mostly concept art, but hey, it's very nice concept art.
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“The area you will be exploring takes place about 50 light-years from our solar system, in a settled colony with several factions vying for control.” <<– This is incorrect. Emil unfortunately did not convey clearly the setting of the game. In his intro he starts off with "our solar system" which in later tweet he says he flubbed and meant to say "our galaxy". Also, he says the takes place in an area of space that spans from our solar system for 50 light years.
Digging deeper, if one web searches for "Starfield Crimson Fleet letter" then they can find articles of transcripts of a communique that Emil is seen typing up in the E3 development trailer Into the Starfield. The letter talks about how the Crimson fleet has spread to several star systems and the author of the letter is an Admiral located at New Atlantis, which is located on Jemison, a planet in the Alpha Centauri system which is 4.3 light years from Earth's solar system.
New Atlantis is one of the places where the character can visit.
As for gameplay, the only thing known is that the E3 trailer was done completely in the Creation 2 engine. So graphic quality of the released game should be close to what was seen in the trailer.