Starfield Trailer Was Constructed Entirely In-Game, No Cinematic Tools Were Used

Bethesda Game Studios Senior Lighting Artist Keith Beltramini shared that the Starfield trailer was in-game and no cinematic tools were used.

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KyRo33d ago

It did look great but it means absolutly nothing if they play as horrendously and as broken as Bethesda previous works. Hopefully MS will give them a kick up the arse in the testing department.

FlavorLav0133d ago

Not sure how much hope to invest there. Xbox’s QA approved the release of Crackdown3.

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Oeazy30533d ago

this Bethesda is bad at games narrative is so false. 76 wasnt great but it was their try at a mmo styled game.
they haven't failed at single player rpgs. skyrim is goated no matter how u spin it 96 metacritic and plenty awards.
fallout 4 was a great game and sits at 88 Metacritic.

jznrpg33d ago

I’m a big elder scrolls fan overall but Skyrim is not a 96 game . It’s their worst game in the series since the original it just sold the best

BrainSyphoned33d ago

Fallout 4 was a failure as an rpg. It did other things right but there is a reason there is begging for Obsibian to take back control of a Fallout game instead of whoever is writing and creating quests for Bethesda now days.

VenomCarnage8933d ago

Bethesda is objectively bad at coding games. There is no amount of spin that can change that fact. Oblivion was great, but Skyrim was exactly the type of average that gets huge attention from the masses. It's nothing quality or deep if you know other games that do it better, and if it were truly a phenomenal game, it wouldn't have been as popular in the first place.

I won't even go into how bad fallout has been over the last 10 years, that's just so obvious that it isn't even a discussion worth having

thesoftware73033d ago

love how all Bethesda's games are crap now. It's absolutely ridiculous narrative.

People forget how many different studios they have and how much great games were made from them. I would argue that their portfolio is way more diverse than most developers.

Days gone was just average like FO76(which they fixed a lot and has many active users), but I don't see Sony being judged by days gone alone.

Elder Scrolls series has been nothing but great.
Doom amazing
Prey good
Wolfenstein really good games Even Youngblood, the gameplay was great.
Dishonored great series
The Evil Within
and Fallout

All great series that all of a sudden don't mean anything. Stop the Spin please, no one believes.

glennhkboy32d ago

@FlavorLav01 Crackdown3 was technically stable at launch. No major bug. It is a boring game is another issue, nothing to do with QA.

Nintentional32d ago

Lol you’re just saying that because it’s not coming to PS5. Bethesda has put out some of the greatest games of all time. Elderscrolls IV and V, Fallout 3 and 4 are some of the best games ever made.

Livingthedream32d ago

Bethesda makes top tier RPG games, 2nd to none. Buggy yes, but overly ambitious so it's expected.

SugarSoSweet32d ago

Apparently Bethesda have a new game engine which is powering Starfield as well as the upcoming Elder Scrolls VI so maybe because of the new engine things might be better this time.

sinspirit32d ago (Edited 32d ago )


"76 wasnt great but it was their try at a mmo styled game."

1. ESO is their MMO game which came first and have been supporting consistenly. They have experience.

2. There were very basic developer oversights such as tying framerate to everything. Meaning, if your frames dip down from 60 to 30 then you run at half the speed. This is not common except for old console games, and this is a traditional PC developer. Ridiculous oversight. Players could unlock this framerate and make their characters attack, move, and recover significantly faster than other players on the server. The game wouldn't even detect this happening so they could cheat in a matter of seconds with one config file edit.

3. Their games have been buggy for so long and their Skyrim game breaking bugs and terrible optimization at launch causing games to freeze is a big issue. It's not just one or two games. They have a history and much of it is affected by reusing old engines and patching them instead of building a new one that's more efficient.

4. It was funny when ESO had first beta testing. Players took up physical space so you couldn't run through a person. The very first doorway at the player spawn was blocked by players intentionally afk'ing at the doorframe so you could leave. And, there was no afk timer. Lol.

5. Come on. They are a huge publisher and developer. It's time to hold them accountable for laziness and oversights. F76 has so many more issues and was clearly a rush job to cash in on the online survival genre. Their involvement with the community was so bad in how they handled the game. The devs literally left a chest with all items in it in a place that a player could reach it without glitching or hacks, and then banned the player for reaching it.

6. Oh, and how they're trying to make modding a monetized thing and limit old mod support. They used to be a pretty cut and dry awesome developer with big games that we understood were gonna have some bugs, with great interactions and having mod support. Now they need some redemption with games going back to their roots. I really hope ES6 will be worth the wait.

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RaiderNation33d ago

Is it? I didn't think it was all that mind-blowing to be honest with you. It just basically looked like Fallout in a space setting.

Eviltattoo 33d ago

I agree. I haven't seen anything mind blowing yet

Babadook732d ago

I agree. The footage being ‘non cinematic‘ in construction explains a lot quite frankly.

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LordoftheCritics1d 8h ago

As is Outer Worlds 2, almost as if

they are taking the pee out of Bethesda and 343i. lolol

badz14932d ago

LOL they are so proud in making this claim like what was shown is anything graphically groundbreaking. it's NOT!

Bethesda is treated like Nintendo now. subpar and last gen graphics = GREAT! funny.

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Jin_Sakai34d ago

“Starfield Trailer Was Constructed Entirely In-Game, No Cinematic Tools Were Used”

Then why not show some gameplay?

Activision33d ago

It was a teaser. They will show gameplay at the next Xbox E3

Army_of_Darkness33d ago

"wait till next Xbox E3" Wise words of the Xbox gamer 🤣🤣

Ron_Danger33d ago

This is my favorite fanboy mantra. E3 just happened and you guys are already talking about the next one 😂

CobraKai33d ago

Oh well, “26 years in the making” then.
In engine or not, I’m no longer impressed by cinematic teasers that doesn’t show anything as to what the gameplay will be like.

Zhipp33d ago

If the game is launching in November next year I would expect them to show gameplay before E3.

instantstupor33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

I certainly hope, though it seems it isn't a given these days. At least this game has a release date, so that helps, but the new trailer for Hellblade 2 really shocked me. They announced that game back in 2019 and the newest trailer a few days ago stated they are JUST NOW working on a vertical not much movement on the game in the last 1.5 years? Games have got to stop getting announced so far in advance.

Mr_Skyfish33d ago

Wasn't that what we had the first time we heard about this game back in June of 2018 at the Bethesda Showcase?

glennhkboy32d ago

@instantstupor So, Sony fans please stop hyping about the next God of War, GT7, FF16, etc. Those games also are years from release.

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Tedakin33d ago

The game is a year and a half from release and if one thing looks slightly wrong the entire internet will jump on it.

DiRtY33d ago


The trailer transported a good first look, gameplay will come later.

DarXyde33d ago

To be fair, Halo Infinite looked very wrong a few months out from its projected release and they still showed that.

Not saying you're wrong, but I don't think that was much of a consideration.

Profchaos33d ago

To be fair many times Bethesda have stated that a game can be in an extremely bad state right up until a month prior to launch and it just comes together at the 11th hour. Pretty sure that was said in the noclip doco

So being this far out garuntee the game would look like a mess right now just needs more time can't blame them for not showing it

I actually prefer the old strategy of hey that project we have been working on secretly was fallout 4 and it launchs in 3 months. That was the best suprise drop to date

Godmars29032d ago

You say that, but what's Bethesda's track record for bug-free releases?

And if this is a new game engine, how does that decrease already bad odds?

Rude-ro32d ago

Well... then have these businesses stop lying to us about the actual products!
When multi billion dollar businesses lie to consumers continuously all for the sake of impulse purchases is absolutely nothing to stand up for.
The reason there is a stigma about the all talk is due to the reality for the last two generations.

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lelo2play33d ago

The game is set to release 11 November 2022... there is more then enough time to show gameplay later on.

porkChop33d ago

Bethesda doesn't show gameplay until closer to release dates.

GameZenith33d ago

Why didnt Guerrilla Games show gameplay with their 2020 Horizon FW trailer?

Profchaos33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

Probably because it wasn't ready or theywanted to give it it's own space and let other exclusive games shine.

zypher33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

To be fair Sony doesn't have as much to prove in the first-party department as MS, so people are more willing to give then the benefit of doubt. Particularly since Sony's first party games tend to be some of the most polished and feature-complete games in the industry. There's little to fear about Forbidden West given the quality of the first game. Starfield? Starfield is coming off of the backs of two poorly received Bethesda MMOs and Skyrim, one of the glitchiest games of the past three generations.

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Kerppamaister33d ago

Where's God of War - Ragnarök gameplay? You know, was supposedly coming this year...

Smok9133d ago (Edited 33d ago )

Do you know how a Calendar works? We’re only half way through the year lol there’s plenty of time

Kerppamaister33d ago

You mean the delay from 2 weeks ago? Still, you guys should've been screaming for gameplay for that if we apply the same logic to that as you do towards Starfield. Starfield is year and a half away, still you want gameplay. Until a little over two weeks ago Ragnarok was coming this year, so there should have been gameplay for that.

King_Noctis33d ago

“ Do you know how a Calendar works? We’re only half way through the year lol there’s plenty of time”

So the same thing could not be applied to Starfield?

Smok9133d ago (Edited 33d ago )

It was a reveal trailer. Gameplay coming. Pretty customary to gaming

JackBNimble33d ago

Wow..a lot of salty sonyboys in here

NeoGamer23233d ago

We are over a year from release. Personally, I see that date as a vaporware date. Meaning it is debatable whether they make it and it is susceptible to a delay. The fact that the trailer was in-engine is a good thing.

For me, I don't want to see a trailer until they know it will release within 6 months. Even a trailer at this point was iffy for me.

Far too many games show trailers and the gameplay changes substantially before the game is released or the game is not released on time and the trailer becomes stale.

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seanpitt2333d ago

Yeah it really does look like 16 x the detail, really impressive stuff

waverider33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

In game trailers doesnt have IA, physics and a bunch more of stuff. its closer to a cgi trailer then gameplay. Anybody knows that. its just cheaper to make. Whats strange is the lack of gameplay of game coming next year... this kind of stuff is for games coming later on 2023 or 2024...

sho0ok36033d ago

They already announced the date, no need to speculate about the dates anymore.

Also Todd is known for showing gameplay few months before the game launches. It doesn't make sense to show gameplay a year and a half early.

waverider33d ago

Of course it does. Nobody knows nothing about the game and still dont. of course there a lot of speculation about launch date. With that ingame trailer there is even more doubts about a 2022 launch. Sometimes even with gameplay trailers a year before the game gets delayed. There were huge expectations about Starfield before e3 and that ingame trailer didnt worked to hype the game.

itsmebryan33d ago

Do you have a Xbox or PC with gamepass? If you do , the game is included in gamepass and you can try it at no extra charge. If you like it great and if you don't you didn't waste your money. Just time downloading it.

If you don't have a PC or Xbox, why do you care because you can't play is anyway.
It pretty simple.

Palitera32d ago

They announced the fake date (as in before the “unexpected” delays). Speculation on the actual dates are still as valid as before.

DJStotty33d ago (Edited 33d ago )


Why do you care so much? you won't be playing it anyway.

On topic, game is going to be great at launch, can not wait for it.


JustTheFax33d ago

haha I was going to say the same. A bunch of hot air and fake concern

DJStotty33d ago

In every positive xbox article as well lol, starting to think they are paid by Sony, with some of the outstanding statements they make lol.

Phoenix7633d ago

I glad your excited for Starfield, however. Wouldn't jump to high for the hype train just yet. Still a long way out before release. And let not forget, CP2077 had years of hype before its release and we all know how that turned out in the end.

DJStotty33d ago


I am quietly confident, i am a big Bethesda fan anyway, and if it does not live up to the expectation, then at least it did not cost me anything to try out with gamepass.

I think the game will be good, they seem to have spent a lot of time on it.

waverider33d ago

Again, dude i talk about anything i want. I really dont understand your problem and i really dont understand why the moderator doesnt do anything? But i dont care. Funny when you are on Sony new trying to spin stuff... or on the sales news trying to damage control... Here the reality was no gameplay. Nothing more. They werent able or didnt wanted to show gameplay. There no spin.

DJStotty33d ago (Edited 33d ago )


lol i just do not see why Sony fans waste their time attempting to downplay xbox articles. I am doing nothing wrong, other than replying to Sony fans attempting to troll/downplay in xbox articles. I do not damage control, nor attempt to spin any subject, i just state factual information. I never go into Sony articles with the sole purpose of downplaying/damage controlling, i actually praise Sony, check my comment history if you like, and let me know when you find me downplaying in Sony articles.

So you want the moderators to censor all xbox fans commenting, but want the trolling in xbox articles to continue?

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Neonridr33d ago

we don't have gameplay for games coming sooner than this..

Jericho133733d ago (Edited 33d ago )

At first it was insecure trolling, now it’s just blatant denial 😂

As others have said, you wouldn’t buy this game anyway. Go back to commenting on PS5 sales numbers.

rakentaja33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

If you look at history, Bethesda usually shows the games for the first time on E3 and releases at the end of the same year. The only exception was "Oblivion." Starfield gameplay at E3 in June 2022 and will be released in November 2022.

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