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Bethesda is Hoping to Develop a 'NASA-punk' Style with Starfield

We are not really sure what that means, though.
by Natalie Collazo on February 23, 2022   

Bethesda is no stranger to developing their games with a more rugged look and feel to their atmosphere; it's part of what allows us to believe in worlds like Tamriel and New Vegas. This doesn't look to be any different when it comes to their newest IP, Starfield. The trailers What does seem to be different to note is the more serious tone that the trailers take on in reference to realism and reliability. While the Elder Scrolls games might not be the best comparison to realism standards, the Fallout series did a great job at providing that exact feel.

Lead artist Istvan Pely talks about the atmospheric tone of the game:

Early on in this project when we were trying to establish the overall aesthetic of this game, we sort of coined the term 'NASA-Punk' to describe a sci-fi universe that’s a little more grounded and relatable. We wanted a very realistic take. You can draw a line from current-day space technology and extrapolate from there into the future so it’s believable and relatable.

In agreement with his usage of the term 'NASA-punk' and its definition in relation to their final product, lead animator Rick Vicens said that the team, "latched onto that concept."

When you said NASA-Punk, the Art team could instantly take those two words and make them work. It was just the perfect term for our art direction and keeping everyone in [the] same flow and working with a consistent style. For me, it just clicked. At the start of the project, I think that term was critical for us.

There still doesn't seem to be a real end in sight for the space exploration game but considering the fact that Bethesda and Todd Howard continue to talk about it, we can only hope for the best. Bethesda is now backed by the parent company Microsoft who recently acquired Activision Blizzard as part of its repertoire, adding an entire library of content to the family.

You can check out the official teaser trailer below:


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