Starfield’s First Gameplay Trailer Reveal Build Mode, Crew, and Flying Spaceship

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Today at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, fans finally got what they’ve been aching for since 2018. The first gameplay trailer for Starfield is here.

Bethesda answered some questions about space travel, planetary exploration, and more. For those thinking if planets would work like Skyrim dungeons, with different instances representing a little playable area on a planet’s surface, they won’t.

Starfield will feature 100 different star systems and over 1,000 different planets. And according to Todd Howard, all of those planets will be fully explorable. Land anywhere on any planet, get out, and start exploring.


We see a bit of that in the new gameplay trailer. The player lands on a planet, check out some alien lifeforms and mines some resources from a rocky wall. They then find a pirate-controlled facility. There’s gunplay, throwing grenades, and a space-shotgun is used to finish off the bandits. The player finds a new weapon before taking on more pirates outside, using a jetpack to fly across a gap and engage more enemies.

The action then shifts to a city, New Atlantis, to meet a few NPCs, and have a brief chat about mysterious artifacts and “visions.” Then Todd Howard gives us a look at Starfield’s character creation tools and starter traits, which include benefits and disadvantages, and a skill system you unlock as you level up.


And a long-lingering question has finally been answered. You’ll be able to build your own spaceship and crew it with NPCs. And yes, you can really fly it. You can really fly it! Outer space ship-to-ship battle? Confirmed. Some fans the spaceship would just serve as a base, with space travel being a loading screen after selecting a destination, but the trailer shows it’s really how you get around in Starfield, from system to system and planet to planet.


It looks like we are doing some weapon crafting, outpost and ship construction in the game, and the skill and perk systems we saw in the trailer. With 1,000 different planets, it looks much bigger than any Bethesda RPG to date.

Bethesda announced in May that Starfield would be delayed until 2023.

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