Starfield has amassed over twelve million players since its launch in September 2023. In a panel at CCXP23, Phil Spencer talked about Bethesda‘s brand-new universe, revealing that the game still sits in the top ten most-played titles from Xbox Studios. You can watch that entire section of the panel from 19:20 in the video below.
On the topic of knowing whether the space-faring adventure being a massive hit was expected, Spencer went on to talk about the pros of his position. He revealed his initial experience with Starfield from last year and how he knew that being unable to put his controller down meant that it was going to be something great.
One of the special things about my job is I get to play games very early in development. In fact, I was playing Starfield this time last year and the game came out at the beginning of September of this year. And I could tell when I was playing and the fact that I couldn’t stop playing that this was probably going to be a pretty special game.”
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In light of the massive success that Starfield has received, Spencer was asked about what the players are doing in-game considering the RPG’s gargantuan scope. Citing Bethesda’s penchant for creating worlds where the player is free to craft their narrative, Phil stated that all those things will continue in this entry as well. Following up on that, he reconfirmed the upcoming post-launch content along with mod tools to allow the community to create new experiences in this universe.
When asked about whether he believes this game will get the same level of long-term engagement as Skyrim, he replied, “That’s our goal, you know. Skyrim is such an amazing hit from Bethesda & talking to Todd Howard and the team, what they wanted to do was give the same opportunity to people who love space and space exploration that same opportunity.”
Starfield made landfall on September 6, 2023, for the Xbox Series X|S and PC. In our review, we gave it a score of 3.5/5, praising its in-depth character customizer and great visuals but calling out the title’s lackluster exploration and an easily forgettable mainline quest. If you’re just starting, consider checking out the Starfield weapons tier list to know which guns stand out from the crowd.
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