Bethesda Softworks has released a trio of "Location Insights" videos that offer insight into three different locations in its upcoming Starfield sci-fi role: New Atlantis' high-tech spaceport, Akila and the ready, and Neon, a "city of pleasure" where tourists can get to hell, uh, fish.
The videos, narrated by design director Emil Pagliarulo, are on Bethesda’s YouTube channel, but are currently not listed, so you won’t see them without a direct link. These links were emailed to members of Constellation today, a Starfield mailing list that promises first access to news, updates, interviews and other content. Luckily, Bethesda makes no great effort to keep the videos exclusive and you don’t need to be a Constellation member to view them; just scroll down a bit.
New Atlantis it is the capital of the United Colonies, Starfield's most powerful military and political power. “The city is a real melting pot and its residents come from all races, creeds and ethnicities,” Pagliarulo says. "In many ways, New Atlantis is a true reflection of the future of our world."
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoZAAebhnxs (/ embed)
Akila, the capital city of the Freestar collective, is a much dirtier place, populated by people who maintain "the holiness of personal freedom and individuality" above all else. It is a walled city, which does not appear to be of great value in the distant and space future, but it turns out that the planet is populated by extremely hostile and dangerous predators known as Ashta, described as "a cross between a wolf and a velociraptor." It seems to me a rather dubious municipal management decision.
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_wrs9NlEfI (/ embed)
Finally, there is Neon, possibly the most interesting place of the three: it was originally designed as a large-scale fishing platform, but shortly after its launch the corporate lords discovered that one of the indigenous fish on the planet had serious psychotropic properties. Drug trafficking is much more lucrative than industrial fishing, so it was only a matter of time before everything became a water-borne dome of pleasure where the citizens of the galaxy could party.
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2io6xFD1VY (/ embed)
(Why is the big supercapital called New Atlantis and not the city that literally floats on an aquatic world? I don't know.)
My first impression is that this mix of RPG troops — a powerful neo-empire, a steep frontier city, and a palace of “all worth” pleasure, is so much fun that it’s a virtual cliché. (Give it a license and some voice actors and it could be Firefly: The Game, or give it to EA and call it Titanfall: The RPG Experience.) But it’s also very preliminary and otherwise we know very little about the game. so it is too early to make significant judgments about what Bethesda has in store.
Starfield has been in development for years: Todd Howard said he was in a ""can be played" until 2018, but there is still more than a year off and it is not expected to come out until November 11, 2022. If you want to sign up for Constellation, you can them your name a bethesda.net.