Starfield will have to nail its launch for the sake of Bethesda’s future
Bethesda Game Studios is beloved for its work on both the Fall and Ancient Scrolls serial, so when it was announced that he was working on a new IP called star field, fans were reasonably excited. Unfortunately, immediately after the announcement of the game (and the announcement that The Elder Scrolls 6 was under construction), Fallout 76 released as a broken, buggy mess that was poorly received by critics and longtime fans alike. From there, fans of the studio began to notice a disturbing pattern.
As Bethesda released more and more titles, it became apparent how unfinished they were when they launched. While the studio usually fixes them and gets them to acceptable states somewhere down the line, it seems a lot depends on the quality star field is received in the eyes of the gaming community. The new IP marks a big change in Bethesda as a company following its acquisition by Microsoft, so its first game under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella will set the company’s path for the future.
The History of Bethesda’s Broken Games
As many fans will be quick to point out, releasing broken titles wasn’t a habit that Bethesda started with Fallout 76. In early modern Bethesda RPGs, problems could certainly be seen. Fallout 3 and Oversight were riddled with bugs and glitches, but at the time, a lot of those things were glossed over in the minds of fans. The rationale was that they were great open-world games that did enough good to excuse some janky areas, with many believing Bethesda would fix the issues in the next release. As the releases kept coming; however, the problems got worse and became less excusable, like Skyrimcompletely broken save system on PS3 and Fallout 4The inexcusable performance issues of on consoles.
Eventually many of these issues were resolved through updates and patches, but over time Fallout 76 launched as a shattered and sometimes unplayable mess, the goodwill that Bethesda had built up over years of solid but buggy games was all but gone. Fallout 76 has certainly made a comeback with a community that still returns to it frequently, but in the eyes of mainstream gaming, Bethesda is on some sort of final straw.
This is why it is so important for the studio to successfully release star field. If it releases another buggy and unplayable game, many fans will likely swear off playing the studio’s titles for good and turn to the many other studios doing similar work. Following the disastrous release of Cyberpunk 2077 in 2020, it looks like the gaming community is fed up with interrupted launches and won’t tolerate something similar.
As Bethesda’s first major release since being acquired by Microsoft, more eyes are on the studio than ever before. Yes star fieldThe release of is something like the studio’s previous launches, it could be the most disastrous yet. That said, there’s also the possibility that if Bethesda nails star fieldAt launch, it will once again experience the heights of popularity it enjoyed during the Xbox 360/PS3 era. Currently, star field set to launch on November 11, the 11th anniversary of Skyrim, but hopefully the studio isn’t married by that date and will be prepared to delay the title if necessary. While this is a cool symbolic moment for the studio, it shouldn’t release the game in a broken state just to meet this date. When star field comes, it should be a refined experience from day one.
star field will launch on November 11 on PC and Xbox Series X.
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