Starfield is less than a month away now, and we have many unanswered questions about the space epic. The ESRB rating has given us a bit of a look into the humour of Starfield.
On August 16 we will also get the Q&A session with two developers over on the official Starfield discord that may reveal some new information. That said, let's take a look at what the ESRB rating says about Starfield -
"This is an open-world role-playing game in which players assume the role of a miner tasked with finding Artifacts across the galaxy. From first-/third-person perspectives, players interact with various characters, complete quests, and search for supplies while battling enemies (e.g., humans, robots, alien creatures). Players use futuristic guns, lasers, axes, and explosives to kill enemies. Combat is fast-paced, with frequent gunfire, cries of pain, and explosions. Attacks on some enemies can result in blood-splatter effects; several environments depict blood stains on the ground around corpses. The game contains some suggestive material in the dialogue, and after sharing a bed with characters (e.g., “Life is a sexually transmitted disease that's a hundred percent fatal”; “I'm all for getting a little wild, but next time let's try it without the jetpacks”; “Talk about seeing stars, whew… that was amazing.”). A fictional drug (Aurora) is prominent in the game, with a section involving players' characters working in an illicit drug lab; players can also obtain Aurora by stealing or buying it from vendors (consuming Aurora results in a distortion effect on the screen). The words “f**k” and “bullsh*t” appear in the game."
The section to pay attention to is where it mentions suggestive dialogue. These quotes, presumably spoken after a romantic evening, give the suggestion the game may be less serious than it has been portrayed so far.
Bethesda often uses humour sparingly in Elder Scrolls and Fallout, and most of what we have been shown from Starfield leans into a more serious tone. It's nice to see that at least some parts of the game will take a lighter look at life in the cosmos.
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