Starfield persuasion - How dialogue works

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Even though Starfield’s release was delayed and is now planned worldwide in 2023, discussions about the newest Bethesda game have not stopped. If you head to news and gaming forums, you will find plenty of chatter about Starfield persuasion, and the role it plays in the deep dialogue system.

By reading this guide, you will discover how dialogue works in Starfield. This system is fortunately well known, so we know plenty about its specific aspects.

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Does Starfield have a dialogue system?

As shown during the Constellation Questions: Talking Starfield with Todd Howard video, Starfield will get have more than 250,000 lines of dialogue.

Looking at previous Bethesda titles, you will find that the legendary Skyrim has 60,000 lines, while Fallout 4 has approximately 110,000. This means Starfield is twice as big as that game. Todd Howard also said that these lines would not be thousands of ways to greet or say goodbye to NPCs. Therefore, Starfield will feature a complex dialogue system that will significantly affect the gameplay.

The vital thing is that Starfield’s dialogue system doesn't have one single correct choice. The main storyline will change depending on the decisions you make playing the game. Therefore, you should carefully think and be responsible even if you talk with an NPC in Starfield.

Starfield's dialogue systems might be based on Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. We've already seen that Bethesda is taking the best features from its older games to add them to Starfield, and dialogue might not be an exception.

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How will the persuasion system work in Starfield?

Even though Bethesda has yet to to provide an explanation on how it will implement dialogue in Starfield, it'll likely be similar to dialogue in other Bethesda games.

Dialogue in Starfield is based on a persuasion system. Every time you need to get something from an NPC, you will be supposed to convince them that your opinion is correct. Even if you perfectly train the diplomatic skills, whether you persuade NPC or not will be chosen by rolling the dice, making the game more random.

That’s it for our look at dialogue and persuasion in Starfield! While you are still here, make sure to check our guide about Starfield map, as well as the entire cities list we know of so far.

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