Bethesda’s Starfield has been the subject of intense scrutiny, especially after the game’s title screen was leaked. The criticism reached a boiling point when former World of Warcraft director Mark Kern tweeted his disapproval, suggesting that the title screen revealed a rushed effort or a lack of care by the development team.
- Mark Kern, former World of Warcraft director, criticizes Starfield’s title screen, implying a lack of effort or care.
- Bethesda’s head of publishing, Pete Hines, refutes Kern’s claims, defending the design and the team’s dedication.
- A sarcastic tweet from Microsoft studio InXile adds humor to the debate, joking about focusing all resources on the start screen.
- Starfield has gone gold, with preloading available on Xbox Series X/S now, and on Steam on August 30, for a September 6 release.
The controversy began when Kern tweeted a screenshot of the Starfield title screen, commenting on how it revealed a rushed development or a team that didn’t care. He stated, “The start screen of a game can reveal a lot about how rushed the team was and how much pride they took in their work.” Kern’s comments ignited a firestorm of criticism, including a strong response from Bethesda’s head of publishing, Pete Hines.
Hines was quick to defend the team’s work, stating that the title screen had been their menu for years and was one of the first things they settled on. He also called out Kern’s unprofessionalism, saying, “Having an opinion is one thing. Questioning out a developer’s ‘care’ because you would have done it different is highly unprofessional coming from another ‘dev’.”
Adding to the debate, Microsoft studio InXile made a sarcastic reference, joking that they were moving all developer resources to focus on the start screen, with a 45-minute campaign but a 20+ hour start screen.
Bethesda’s Starfield has already gone gold, indicating that the main development is complete. Players can preload the game on Xbox Series X/S now, and on Steam on August 30, in anticipation of its September 6 release date.
The clash over the title screen has brought attention to the game’s development process and the passion behind it. While some criticize the design, others, including Pete Hines, stand firm in their satisfaction with the current work. With the game’s release just around the corner, fans are eager to see if the title screen will be redesigned or if it will remain as a testament to the team’s vision.
Starfield will be available on Xbox Series X/S and PC.