- Adding character backgrounds to The Elder Scrolls 6 could enhance character creation and add more depth to the protagonist.
- The feature of giving players starting skills based on their chosen background, like in Starfield, could be a valuable mechanic in The Elder Scrolls 6.
- The inclusion of birthsigns and classes, similar to past Elder Scrolls titles, could further enhance character creation in The Elder Scrolls 6 and provide more exciting options for players.
One of the ideas that Starfield featured would be an amazing asset if it is also added to The Elder Scrolls 6. While most features of The Elder Scrolls 6 will likely be derived from past Elder Scrolls titles, they aren’t the only valid source of inspiration for the game. Starfield is Bethesda’s most recent project, and while not as big a name, it had its fair share of good ideas. The Elder Scrolls 6 has built up a lot of hype that it has to live up to, and it’s possible that Starfield could offer some inspiration to do so.
Considering that Starfield‘s players are exploring space, it’s safe to say that it and The Elder Scrolls are worlds apart. In terms of scale, setting, and tech level, the two games are dramatically different. However, with both being Bethesda RPGs, there are still several common threads between the two. The player has a lot of freedom to create their protagonist in both games, from their natural skills to their choice of weapons and armor. While the player does have to play as a human in Starfield, they still have plenty of choices elsewhere, including a few that The Elder Scrolls 6 could learn from.
How Starfield’s Outposts and Fallout 4’s Settlements Could Work in The Elder Scrolls 6
Despite being an entirely different franchise, The Elder Scrolls 6 could have a feature similar to Starfield’s outposts and Fallout 4’s settlements.
Starfield’s Backgrounds Add a Lot to the Player Character
A notable area of character creation is choosing a background in Starfield. Each potential background offers a few sentences regarding the protagonist’s life prior to the game’s events, fleshing out their backstory a little more. In addition, each background comes with a set of skills that will automatically have their first tier unlocked, giving the player a small head start on their potential build. There are 21 backgrounds to choose from, so players are likely to find one that fits with the idea of their character. It’s a feature that helps to add more character to the protagonist at the outset.
In addition to backgrounds, many of Starfield‘s optional traits shed light on the protagonist’s possible backstory, such as Kid Stuff or Alien DNA.
Elder Scroll 6 Could Get Plenty of Use From Starfield’s Backgrounds
Adding a feature similar to Starfield‘s backgrounds could be a major boost for Elder Scrolls 6‘s character creation. In Skyrim, character creation was restricted solely to the character’s appearance. The only additional features were the unique natural abilities of the player’s chosen race, such as a Nord’s cold resistance or High Elf’s extra Magicka. On one hand, this gives the player the freedom to decide that their Dragonborn’s background is whatever they desire. However, Starfield‘s approach of giving the player starting skills based on their background is a good mechanic for character creation, and a similar system could work in The Elder Scrolls 6.
Past Elder Scrolls Games Included Similar Character-Altering Features
Something similar to backgrounds wouldn’t even be new territory for The Elder Scrolls. For past examples of character creation in The Elder Scrolls, Oblivion and Morrowind featured birthsigns and classes that the player chose at creation, modifying their starting stats and abilities. Bringing that kind of design back in The Elder Scrolls 6 would once again give players a small push toward their eventual builds. This could be even better if, like Oblivion‘s birthsigns, the player’s choice could provide radical changes to the character that wouldn’t be available otherwise. It could be the key to making the new protagonist far more exciting.
Adding character backgrounds to Starfield was a great move, and Bethesda shouldn’t leave the idea behind. One of the best ways to expand Elder Scrolls 6‘s character creation would be through its own take on that feature. Whether it’s through a return of birthsigns and classes, a variant of Starfield‘s backgrounds, or some combination of the two, it could give players some more consequential options when it comes to designing their protagonist. The Elder Scrolls 6 will hopefully take some notes from Starfield‘s character creation in that sense.
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