A common feature among popular modern RPGs is New Game Plus. New Game Plus means being able to finish the game and then start the story over at a higher difficulty/with better loot drops/new story decisions/etc. It’s a beloved part of games like Borderlands, Soulsborne titles, Chrono Trigger, and more. As we grow closer to Starfield’s release, fans have to ask: will this long-awaited RPG also have New Game Plus?
Explaining Starfield’s New Game Plus
Yes, Starfield will have a New Game Plus option. This will be the first time that a Bethesda game will have a New Game Plus mode. However, Bethesda CEO Todd Howard insists that Starfield adds a unique twist to the New Game Plus system. Howard did not elaborate more about Starfield’s New Game Plus, though, so fans will have to wait until launch to know what the “unique twist” could be.
It could involve anything from the expansive map to the mysterious story behind the entire Starfield world. It’ll be exciting to see what this “unique” New Game Plus really means for Starfield fans.
How long with it take to get to New Game Plus?
While the option for New Game plus is exciting, fans should not expect to get there quickly. As of August 24, Bethesda veteran Pete Hines reported he was 160 hours into the game and still not finished with his campaign.
If you are looking to 100% the game, let’s look at previous Bethesda titles. Oblivion took roughly 170 hours while Fallout 4 took an estimated 221 hours. And Skyrim? 231 hours. Meanwhile, if you focus on main quests only, it’ll take less than 30. But that is rarely how Bethesda fans play their expansive, exploration-heavy maps and games.
So, unless players are rushing main storyline quests exclusively, they shouldn’t assume they’ll get to Starfield’s New Game Plus anytime soon.