According to Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, who seems to have a somewhat trustworthy opinion on the game given that he reportedly spent 200 hours on it, as mentioned during an interview with IGN at Gamescom 2023, Starfield would be “more Oblivion than Skyrim.”
What does Phil Spencer think about Starfield?
This information about Starfield also came to light during a brief interview with the head of Xbox: Phil Spencer, on the other hand, has previously shown that he truly loves video games, going above and beyond his professional responsibilities. It is also clear that the Bethesda stock has been heavily scrutinized lately.
“I think it's my 15th game,” Spencer reported, “I'm probably 200 hours into the game, but not all of it in a single game,” he explained, pointing out how he preferred to play the game through several runs trying out different characters and various choices, possibly also due to variations between builds in development.
Given that he refers to last November as the beginning of his space adventure in the game, it is obvious that as the CEO of Xbox, he will have had exclusive early access. As a result, he will have begun his space journey in the game very soon. Spencer went on to say that he was “totally a space pirate”, indicating his passion for this specialization inside the Starfield universe.
Another intriguing topic is posed by Spencer's comparison, which pits Oblivion against Skyrim. Todd Howard, who has frequently discussed Skyrim in this context, also made a specific choice in relation to what was previously published.
The idea Spencer is seeking apparently has to do with the epic tone of the journey, which would be more in line with the spirit of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion than its sequel for a number of reasons. According to Phil Spencer of Starfield, “I think it's more Oblivion than Skyrim.”
“Those who have played it will probably understand why. It's an epic, epic game,” the head of Xbox repeated twice. He didn't go into any detail, but it's clear that Oblivion's epic tone differs from Skyrim's. If one were to try to answer the question, one might suppose that the former is more moved by the freedom to explore the environment, whilst the latter is more moved by the existence of an epic challenge and a significant objective to be sought through a long trip.