Sci-fi RPG game Bethesda starfield It promises to be a big, sprawling science fiction play—”Like Skyrim in space‘, Creative Director Todd Howard said earlier this year. But it certainly won’t be all. Howard told the audience at the Tokyo Game Show earlier today (via nipoleon On Twitter) that the game will contain more than 150,000 lines of dialogue.
For comparison, this is more chat lines than Fallout 4, and more than twice the verbosity in Skyrim:
Todd Howards appeared on the stream to announce that Starfield will have a full Japanese subtitle (just like Redfall) and mentioned that the game has over 150,000 lines of dialogue apparently #TGS2021 (Fallout 4 has 111,000 lines, Skyrim 60,000) pic.twitter.com/ 0PzvVtojyjSeptember 30, 2021
Word and line count is sometimes seen as a quantitative measure of depth and complexity in “serious” RPGs. In the same year that Bethesda boasted of Skyrim 60,000 linesFor example, BioWare advertised Mass Effect 3 as having 40,000 lines of dialogue, Double the amount of the first game. A year later, Beamdog co-founder Trent Oster said Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition “Nearly a million words of dialogue,” which differs from the lines but is still a lot of talk. Somewhat recently, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had a script 450,000 words, claimed the tyranny of obsidian more than 600,000And only the Disco Elysium narrator had to speak his way 350,000 words.
Not everyone buys a “more is better” attitude toward word count in video games. Jeff Vogel from Spiderweb Software, from Knows a thing or two about storytelling In RPGs, he was critical – sometimes ruthlessly, but mostly immediately – to this approach in a few blog posts of 2017.
“The ultimate goal of writing in a game: make it your goal to go beyond gameplay to get to writing,” books in one. “Your writing should be the reward. If your writing is something a player has to go through to get into the game, there’s a lot of writing.”
However, very generally, Howard’s statement indicates that Starfield will be oldAnd that’s what Bethesda fans – including me – are really hoping for: a gigantic open world (or galaxy) to explore, one that I hope will be fun enough to keep us busy for, oh, a few hundred hours or so. That’s a fair question, isn’t it?
Starfield is slated to release on November 11, 2022. If you haven’t heard, you’ll have a fun dome where you can Get high on exotic fish.