The Daily Grind: Should Bethsoft add multiplayer to Starfield?

    
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Starfield is not going to be a multiplayer game, let’s just say that upfront. Bethsoft’s expertise is in single-player RPGs, if you ask me, and I can understand wanting to stick to what you’re good at. With apologies to Fallout 76 fans, that game is probably the best example I can think of for why staying in your lane isn’t a bad thing. And I don’t personally need every game to be multiplayer or an MMO or an MMORPG; not only am I sick of everything under the sun being a monetizable “service,” I also just need some solo time in my gaming.

However, there are going to be people agitating for multiplayer. I know this because the effort from fans to cobble together multiplayer functionality in other Bethsoft titles – especially Skyrim – has always been tremendous. Heck, the demand was so powerful that we got a whole MMO out of the franchise. So I can’t help but wish multiplayer functionality were at least being built in to the base game, even if it isn’t some sort of always-online mess. I don’t want the basics to fall on the shoulders of modders every time.

What do you think – should Bethsoft add optional multiplayer to Starfield?

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Meta Cube

No clue why are people adamant on not being able to play with your friends lol

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agemyth 😩

Multiplayer games are completely different experiences from singleplayer games.

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Meta Cube

How is playing Dying Light with a friend a “completely different experience” compared to playing it solo lol

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EmberStar

No. Bethesda can barely keep their single player games stable. As stated above, Fallout 76 existing is probably the strongest possible argument for why Bethesda should stay the hell away from multiplayer anything. And that’s aside from the part where they’ll apparently keep using their in-house Gamebryo based engine, complete with bugs that have existed since Morrowind came out.

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agemyth 😩

Fallout 76 existing is probably the strongest possible argument for why Bethesda should stay the hell away from multiplayer anything.

But 76 is, from a business perspective, a success. ESO is a huge success. I don’t think they will shove multiplayer into Starfield or ES6, but they will certainly try to develop multiplayer experiences based on them.

I think Gamebryo, warts and all, is part of the foundation of what makes ES and modern Fallout games what they are. They get to make their busted games the way they do until someone does what they do better with different tools.

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Anstalt

Nope

It takes a hell of a lot to get a multiplayer game working well, and there have been extremely few good multiplayer RPGs. Even MMORPGs really struggle with the actual roleplaying!

So, stick to what they can even vaguely do well: single player RPGs.

Plus, it wouldn’t be a Bethesda RPG without mods, and mods tend not to work too well in a multiplayer game.

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Oleg Chebeneev

We dont even know what kind of game it will be. How can we demand multiplayer?

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Hurbster

No.

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NeoWolf

Get the single player out the door first, worry about any possible Multiplayer later

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Crowe

No. Bethesda won’t even be able to release Starfield in any way other than a hot buggy mess that will take them months to make playable. Adding multiplayer would make that even worse. As it is, I won’t even be thinking about buying Starfield for at least 6 months after it’s released.

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Chaos Engine

Errr do we know what kind of game this is, yet?
I haven’t found much about it. Is it more like Mass Effect or more like Wing Commander?

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cambruin

Not I. I don’t really like people. They can’t seem to just ‘play’ games, same way actors don’t just ‘act’ and sportsmen don’t just.. well, ‘play sports’. Everything becomes political/divisive, and when it doesn’t, it’s driven by goals. Complete run X in Y seconds, so spec in Z fashion please. Or 30 people online in guild, yet only 2-3 people responding to ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ when members log in or out, sometimes even completing the same dailies at the same time without even a /wave or anything.

Nope, the MMO I play from time to time I play out of addiction. But I have no love whatsoever for my fellow players. There’s a handful of players I’ll gladly help out, but they are far and few between.

I also can’t help but blame them for thecurrent state of the genre. What with them buying ‘xp boosters’, ‘lvl cap boosts’, ‘convenience’ and ‘rep boosts’ while begging for more dailies so they can unlock meta deeds quicker without playing through actual content.

Nope, no love whatsoever. But I do love the core of MMOs.. give me ESO offline or LotRO offline and I’d enjoy it a million times more.

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Fisty

You need a virtual hug. /hug

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I can hug myself quite well, thank you very much!

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Fisty

But virtual hugs are hard to do alone.

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squid

Out of curiosity, why does everyone have such a boner for this game when it seems to be little more than concept art (publicly)?

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Ken from Chicago

Prior to FALLOUT 76, Bethesda had a pretty good reputation for games.

Also, space games have been pretty popular throughout video game history. College students were playing SPACE WARS on mainframes in college back in the 60s and 70s before there were home video games.

And the highest crowdfunded project ever is for space game.

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Bryan Correll

When you don’t know details you can imagine them to be as sexy as you like.

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Fisty

I’ve enjoyed every Bethesda RPG they’ve put out, even if they’re buggy as hell. That’s why I am looking forward to it releasing. Plus its an RPG in spaaaacceee.

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Ken from Chicago

Science fiction is my favorite genre.

Space Opera is my favorite subgenre.

That may have had a … wee … bit of influence as to what video games I’ve gravitated toward.