Starfield is Bethesda's new space epic IP

The rumors were true: Starfield is happening, and it's going to be big.

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Bethesda tonight confirmed that the long-rumored Starfield is real and will be its next major new game in its development slate.

E3 2018 has been crazy so far. Bethesda unveiled Fallout 76, confirming it's online-only with co-op and RPG mechanics set in an evolving world. Todd Howard also announced Starfield, a brand new IP that should utilize everything the company has learned throughout its entire 25 years of games development. Next to nothing is known about Starfield other than it's a "singleplayer space epic," it'll come after Fallout 76, and it's one of the studio's "big and crazy projects" Howard teased a while back.

The trailer shows what could be a tear in space or faster than light travel being triggered by sunlight, complete with some very 2001: A Space Odyssey colors and vibes.

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Seeing as this is Bethesda Games Studios' major new IP, I expect Starfield to have an even more ambitious scope than, say, an online-based Fallout. No release window timeline or exact details have been announced thus far.

Bethesda isn't done just yet, though: they also announced The Elder Scrolls VI with a brief teaser. The footage may hint TES VI takes place in the Bretons' homeland of High Rock in the Northwestern reaches of Tamriel.

In the meantime Bethesda hopes to stem our waiting with Fallout 76's online action, which may or may not end up being a live service game with optional in-game purchases.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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