Bethesda's Pete Hines Has Spent 160+ Hours on One Starfield Playthrough

And hasn't even come close to finishing the game.

As the release date for Starfield draws near, a growing curiosity emerges among many regarding the scale of Bethesda's upcoming space-themed RPG, which is hardly surprising given the studio's well-established knack for crafting expansive open worlds filled with numerous hours worth of miscellaneous content and quests.

Last year, Studio Director Todd Howard mentioned that the main quest alone would span approximately 30 to 40 hours. However, considering that Starfield is a Bethesda game, after all, it is incredibly likely that a typical playthrough could easily extend to five or six times that duration.

The topic of just how time-consuming the new title is was recently addressed by Bethesda's Head of Publishing, Pete Hines, who was asked about the length of the game during the official Xbox gamescom stream. According to Hines, his current playthrough of Starfield is approaching the 200-hour milestone, and he's still miles away from completion and has tons of yet unexplored content.

"I'm at 150-160 hours on my current playthrough, and I haven't even come close," commented Hines. "There's so much stuff I have intentionally not done. We try and tell everybody how big this game is, and the folks that are playing it, one of the few things they will tell us is, 'Yeah you weren't kidding. I can't believe how big it is.' No matter how you wanna play, there is so much for you to do in this game."

The developer also compared Starfield to Bethesda's previous titles saying that the upcoming game will overshadow Fallout 4 and even Skyrim with its scale:

"It feels when you're playing it almost like there are a bunch of different games inside one game, and I get to decide how much time I want to spend, in a way you haven't really seen in a Fallout or Skyrim," he added. "Those things are still 'I can spend all my time picking flowers in The Elder Scrolls', but it doesn't feel as wholly different as the entire space game that exists, the entire 'live on a planet,' the freeform exploration, the combat, which factions, taking sides. It's just amazing to see how it all comes together."

Image Credit: Bethesda, Starfield

Earlier, Bethesda also commented that the mechs seen in the three animated Starfield shorts they released in July won't be usable in the game and are, in fact, "leftovers from the Colony Wars" – a conflict between the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective.

Image Credit: Bethesda

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