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Starfield from Bethesda launching September 6

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While we have no idea how well it will work on Linux and Steam Deck with Proton just yet, we at least now have a date. Starfield from Bethesda is releasing September 6th. I'm cautiously optimistic on it, as a massive fan of everything space sci-fi like this, I've wanted to see more games like this for some time.

More about it: "Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. In this next generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom as you embark on an epic journey to answer humanity’s greatest mystery."

See the new trailer below:

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Naturally, I'll be taking a look at it on release, to let you know how if it works on Linux desktop and Steam Deck. Perhaps it's one of the upcoming titles Valve mentioned in the update notes for SteamOS 3.4.6 that they couldn't name directly. It wouldn't surprise me if this is one title Valve are trying to ensure works well before release, given how popular it will no doubt be.

Will you be picking it up?

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Shmerl Mar 8, 2023
What's the current story with Bethesda. Did MS force them to use DX12 or they are still using Vulkan in some games?
poiuz Mar 8, 2023
Did the Bethesda Game Studios ever use OpenGL or Vulkan? AFAIK they always used Direct3D. Even Arkane only used Direct3D although their own engine is based on the id engine.
Shmerl Mar 8, 2023
Some of their studios did. Didn't recent Doom games use Vulkan?
Raaben Mar 8, 2023
Quoting: ShmerlSome of their studios did. Didn't recent Doom games use Vulkan?

That's an id thing rather than something from Bethesda Game Studios who never used GL or VK.
Shmerl Mar 8, 2023
Isn't it still Bethesda? I thought they bought Id. I don't follow their internal workings though.

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poiuz Mar 8, 2023
Quoting: ShmerlIsn't it still Bethesda? I thought they bought Id. I don't follow their internal workings though.
id belongs to Bethesda Softworks (the publisher), but Bethesda Game Studios (developer of Starfield) is only a part of it. That's why the release doesn't say anything about changes inspired by Microsoft: Game Studios always developed Direct3D games. That's why nothing changed (at least yet).
WorMzy Mar 8, 2023
I'd laugh if the latest buggy mess to fall out of Bethesda was more stable on Linux than Windows, but I doubt they'll ever release it on Linux natively.
denyasis Mar 8, 2023
Still haven't tried Skyrim yet, lol. I'm excited for something like this although I hope they don't fall into the pit fall a lot of scify open world game can fall into... Making it too big (geographically)... Wandering through forests is one thing... Wanting through empty space is another....

Edit: also does the thumbnail picture for the article scream Galaxy freighter from Privateer to anyone else??

Last edited by denyasis on 8 March 2023 at 10:53 pm UTC
jordicoma Mar 9, 2023
"The game has all the hallmarks expected to us", as I understand will be full of bugs like the other games that they made.
And I think it will be difficult to play on linux. I smell drm problems, directx problems, or others.
robvv Mar 9, 2023
If it isn't prefixed The Elder Scrolls VI, then I ain't interested!
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