Starfield anticipation and controversy – a big fight, microtransactions, and Interstellar

Starfield anticipation reaches fever pitch as Bethesda Softworks' RPG game nears its global release.

Starfield anticipation and controversy – a big fight, microtransactions, and Interstellar
Published by Ethan @ PC Game Spotlight 9 months ago

Starfield anticipation reaches fever pitch

Ahead of Starfield’s release date, anticipation for Bethesda Softworks’ open-world RPG game reaches fever pitch among gamers. Some go to extremes to secure uninterrupted playtime, with others finding themselves drawn into playful discussions about the game, microtransactions, and even Interstellar. With the Starfield release date just around the corner, it’s time to break out your best excuses – you’re going to need them.

Starfield has been one of the most anticipated games of 2023, and with the RPG game now just days away from release, anticipation and excitement is at an all-time high. But, of course, that’s not to say there isn’t controversy brewing among the Starfield community.

Some Starfield players find themselves facing opposition as they seek to claim their Starfield early access. “My wife and I are having a fight over this,” one user comments, jokingly outlining a plan to “fight” with their spouse. “I’ll just say ‘you know, I’ve had a headache for a while, I think I should play Starfield tonight’,” they add. “Then she’ll say ‘but it’s a really important night for us, we want to go to the restaurant’ and I’ll say ‘I know, but I really want to play Starfield’.”

While the user’s plan to secure playtime is met with a mix of support and criticism from the Starfield Discord, another user responds with an alternative strategy to ensure undisturbed play. “Go on a trip,” they write. “Then she won’t have any right to ask you to stop playing.” “Piss her off,” another adds. “Then she won’t have any right to ask you to stop playing.”

Another user describes a unique arrangement with their spouse, whereby they take turns playing and ensure their partner’s cup of tea “is never empty.” “If she’s going to be angry, I’m going to play,” they write. “And then when I come back, she goes.”

Conversations surrounding the release date grow increasingly confusing, with several users speculating on the actual date and, with it, the outcome of the fight mentioned earlier. “The release date is May 1,” they comment, “or at least that’s when I’m going to fight with my wife.”

Others are quick to express their concern regarding the early access period available to those who have pre-downloaded the game on Xbox Game Pass. “I have the early access, but I don’t know what to do,” one user admits. “I don’t want to play and ruin the surprise for those who are waiting for the release day.”

A debate soon ensues about the value of paying extra for early access and additional content, with one user criticizing the trend of microtransactions in modern games and expressing concern regarding the premium edition of Starfield.

“I don’t want to pay extra for something that I don’t even own,” they comment. “I hear you,” another user replies. “But this is the era of modern entertainment, and you are not going to own anything anymore.” The user then draws a comparison to watching a movie in a theater, highlighting the fact you don’t actually own the film.

“It’s not like you have the option to buy the game and play the whole thing right away,” they continue. “You have to pay extra to get access to the game’s premium features.” “I don’t like microtransactions, but I think Bethesda are trying to give us as much as possible with these premium editions.”

To help clarify the features of the premium edition, several users share images of the Starfield Game Pass menu, highlighting the inclusion of early access, DLC, and skins. “You can buy the whole game with all the DLC,” one user clarifies, “but the premium upgrade just gives you extra content immediately.”

Several users express excitement over the possibility of early access, with one user humorously suggesting that, if they secure early access, they will stream themselves “playing the game for forty years.” Another user questions the need to pay for content that isn’t even released yet. “We don’t know what kind of content it is yet,” they reply. “It could be something amazing, or it could be something that’s worth only a few dollars.”

The Starfield release time is also clarified, with several users sharing images of the premium upgrade menu, alongside discussion regarding the global release time. “The game is going to be released in North America at 9am,” one user comments. “The release time in Europe is going to be 11am.”

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