As other have said : gamepass, maybe.
As far as I know it’s an Xbox Serie X game, so at best playable for me via Cloud. And Cloud is not good enough at the moment.
I still only have an (old) Xbox One, bought in 2019. I will certainly buy a Serie X one day, but not this year, I think. There are a few games that interest me on it when I do, but none that makes me think “well now, I have to upgrade for it”.
As for Starfield : I will be honest, for what was showed the narrative will be bad.
For what I understand the narrative will be : you find an artifact, it reacts to you, potentially gives you special power ala dragon shout, you go to Constellation, you find more with them. Maybe have to tango with the factions to gather access/informations.
And I will guess that the end is : you end up finding aliens (there are no sentient alien in the settings).
In on itself no issue, it’s basically Mass Effect 1. I would have preferred a non “Epic Quest, you are the One” story, but I understand why it would be the way chosen. I can work with it.
But the Xbox Showcase showed Constellation, and the characters. And they have no seemingly substance, and have one of my pet peeve : announced as having competency and respectable influence in the world, and then are the opposite in the writing. And not on purpose.
I mean that they look like Fallout 4 characters, the Railroad (my beloved).
Finally, I always try to do two things in RPGs :
- complete the game without harming/killing sentients
- complete the game without looting, just the economy
The first one is almost always impossible in Bethesda games. (fun fact : Cyberpunk 2077 is surprisingly possible this way, excellent level design for stealth if you know where to look, even the side gig)
The second might be possible, but if they double with what they did in Fallout 4 and the resource system, I doubt it. And when it is possible, it is by sending into dungeons for radiant quests, which then goes back to the first one.
But I’m ready to be surprised here.
So, meh. If I play it I will play with an audiobook, and a simple rifle/pistol build, just for the systems, and the base building system in particular.
Which in all fairness looks promising, especially if I find a planet with interesting aesthetic (red Martian desert, my unironic beloved)
Even then, it would come with two caveats.
One I will wait for the DLCs (and patches), so that everything is in the game, since I expect the systems to be expanded on.
Two, and this one is really subjective/personnal, I will look into good pistol/rifle mods. Because I run pistols and semi-automatic rifle, and almost always with two rapid pull (especially the pistols). And somehow every game company in the world have decided that game balance demands an obligatory, small but perceivable gap between shots. Which is not how firearms work, let me operate my systems with proper drill Bethesda! (sorry for the rant, but it’s legitimately distracting/frustrating)