During its E3 reveal, the upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield was teased to be a “next-generation” game. While Bethesda’s Todd Howard didn’t divulge what that exactly meant at the time, he has since revealed that he was teasing the new title is being planned for a future iteration of consoles. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t also see it on the current systems.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, the Bethesda Game Studios director confirmed the mysterious single-player game is being heavily considered for the next generation of consoles, but having it also appear on systems like PlayStation 4 or Xbox One isn’t out of the question.
“We’re pushing it; we’re thinking very, very far in the future so we’re building something that will handle next-generation hardware,” Howard said. “That’s what we’re building right now, that’s where our mind is, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t exist on the current systems as well.”
Howard also explained that his use of next-gen during the E3 presentation was referring to more than just hardware. “That to us means two things,” he said. “It does mean hardware and it does mean software on our side, and it also means gameplay—what does the next generation of epic single-player RPGs feel like to us?”
Since so little is known about Starfield, it’s difficult to understand how the developer will deliver an experience that both utilizes the power of next-gen hardware and also manages to work sufficiently on current consoles. Apart from being a single-player sci-fi RPG, Howard has only teased the game will have Bethesda’s “DNA in it.” He did add that there will be “a lot of new systems we’ve been thinking about for a while that fit that kind of game really well.”
For now, though, curious fans will just have to wait and see if Starfield will be similar to Fallout or The Elder Scrolls, or if it will truly be a new frontier for the developer.