Todd Howard talks Starfield character creation and modding

Today: More games and fewer celebrities at The Game Awards — Microsoft has a bunch of unannounced games waiting in the wings — Rumour has it Nintendo is remastering the Metroid Prime trilogy

Todd Howard AMA on Reddit

Photo of Todd Howard giving a live presentation

Todd Howard's got a lot of questions to answer, so it's no surprise that his Ask Me Anything on Reddit prompted quite a few questions.

The questions and answers ranged from the sincere to the absurd. For example, the inevitable question of when Elder Scrolls VI is coming was answered with “For Father's Day this year my son gave me a card that said, "You're an amazing Dad, but where's TES6?"

  • Starfield will feature a robot keeping players company
  • Starfield character creation allows you to set background and skills
  • Expect full mod support from the updated engine
  • Fallout 76 problems made Bethesda “much better developers”
  • “Ladders are our arch-nemesis” and Bethesda will use them “sparingly”

Top tips: His number one advice for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is to “pick acrobatics and jump constantly.” Howard refuses to elaborate on who might be the mother of Jarl Balgruuf's children, and is obviously “really excited” about the Fallout TV series.

From the trenches: During development, a programmer made buildings “hop up and down” after 10 minutes to mess with Howard, and one of the big pieces of content cut from Fallout 4 was a “Bioshock style vault” with a “massive sentient octopus living outside it.”

Which peripheral was bundled with Pokémon Stadium?

a) Memory Pak
b) Transfer Pak
c) Rumble Pak
d) Poképak 

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

The Game Awards gets more games and less celebrities

The Game Awards trophy and logo

The Game Awards founder and host Geoff Keighley has started revealing his plans for future events, including this year's show which goes live on December 9th.

The eighth annual Game Awards show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, unlike last year's show which opted for a new format due to COVID-19.

In-person: “I think we all felt that it was great that we did that, but we really missed the energy of people accepting their awards live and the reactions and all that type of stuff,” said Keighley.

Videogames: Keighley added that it’s really the “games and the trailers that drive the show,” and not big celebrities or musical numbers. This year we can expect to see 40-50 games at the show.

Unannounced Xbox exclusives revealed

Disco Elysium is said to be the influence for Project Pentiment

There are a lot of Xbox exclusives in the works, and one of them is Project Pentiment by Josh Sawyer and Obsidian Entertainment.

It is apparently inspired by Disco Elysium, and expresses Sawyer's love of branching narrative design, according to Jeff Grubb. The game puts you in charge of an investigation and involves making accusations. It's in early production with a team of around 12 developers.

Unannounced: Compulsion Games, the team behind We Happy Few, is also working on a new project called Midnight.

Dark fantasy: The project is a third-person game set in a dark fantasy world, with some of the concept art showing harpy-like creatures. Midnight will be a gothic coming-of-age story, but not much else is known.

We are giving away Encodya for Switch

Animation of ENCODYA’s Neo Berlin

Explore Neo Berlin anno 2062 in the indie point-and-click cyberpunk adventure Encodya with Tina, a nine-year-old orphan accompanied by her big, clumsy robot guardian SAM-53.

We're now ready to reveal the list of winners for this week's giveaway.

  • Pavan Minhas
  • Ruth Jackson
  • Dorothy Merrett
  • Sarah Wray
  • Aimee Bailey

Limited ‘3 for the price of 2’ at Amazon

Amazon US store page of eligible items

Amazon is offering a 3 for the price of 2 deal on a pile of items, including some big name games as well as board games and books.

The games on offer include: Call of Duty Vanguard, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Madden NFL 22, Riders Republic, Far Cry 6, and NBA 2K22.

Which peripheral was bundled with Pokémon Stadium?

Pokémon Stadium's title screen, with pokémon like Bulbasaur, Psyduck, and Hitmonchan in the foreground

ANSWER: Transfer Pak!

The Nintendo 64 had plenty of accessories, and many of them were extremely specific. One of the best examples is the Transfer Pak, bundled with Pokémon Stadium, which allowed you to transfer your team from Pokémon Red & Blue for Game Boy so you could see them in full 3D.

Pokémon Stadium wasn't the only game supporting the Transfer Pak, but most of them never made it out of Japan. The little gadget could add bonus content to games like Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals, Mario Tennis, and Mickey's Speedway USA – but no more than 20 games used the feature. Still, it was a neat little piece of tech and arguably a precursor to the much more successful Amiibo.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!