In context: If the Summer Game Fest's job was to raise the hype around some of the big upcoming games this year, then mission accomplished. Following the extended reveal of Starfield, pre-orders for Bethesda's highly anticipated title have moved it to fourth place on Steam's global bestsellers list. Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 expansion Phantom Liberty has pushed the 2020 base game into second place, though a 50% discount no doubt played a big part in that, too.
The Starfield Direct showcase over the weekend revealed a massive 45 minutes of the game that is being called Skyrim in space. There was plenty on offer: some story reveals, cities, ship-building, skill trees, upgrades, space combat, and much more.
Starfield is available to pre-order now. The standard version of the game cost $70, which has become the norm for big releases these days, sadly. There's also a $100 Premium Edition. As with Diablo 4, this gives buyers early access to the game (five days, in this case), along with the first 'Shattered Space' story expansion, the constellation skins pack (for a rifle, helmet, spacesuit, and booter pack), and digital copies of the soundtrack and an art book.
Even though Starfield doesn't arrive until September 6, the number of preorders it's received has pushed the game to fourth place on Steam's global bestseller list – it had been one place higher earlier today.
As the chart is based on revenue, the free-to-play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is number one, followed by Cyberpunk 2077 and Dead by Daylight.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a new entry in the chart. And while part of its sudden jump will have been down to the 50% discount reducing its price to $30, there's little doubt the reveal of the Phantom Liberty expansion convinced many people to splash out on the game.
If you're intending to play either Starfield or Phantom Liberty, now might be a good time to upgrade your PC. Bethesda's title, which is locked at 30 fps on Xbox consoles, recommends an RTX 2080/ Radeon RX 6800 XT combined with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X/Intel i5-10600K.
As for Phantom Liberty, CD Projekt has actually increased the minimum system requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 if you want to play the expansion.