“There are so many areas that we put work into that people don’t see”: Todd Howard Knows People Don’t Finish Skyrim and Starfield’s Quests, and Think That’s a Good Thing

Games aren't just meant for full completion.

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  • Big games like Starfield and Skyrim are rich in content, and that can be a problem on occasion.
  • Bethesda director Todd Howard understands not everyone will complete every quest.
  • He believes this is better in the long run, and allows players to have more fun.
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Bethesda is known for producing mega titles such as Skyrim and Starfield, which are packed with quests and activities to do. However, Todd Howard, the visionary behind some of Bethesda’s most iconic games, is well aware that many players never complete all the quests.


Although these quests are integral to gameplay and developers put a lot of effort into creating them, Todd Howard believes that this is ultimately a good thing as it yields a unique experience for the specific player.

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Starfield director Todd Howard talks about his plans for the game
Starfield director Todd Howard talks about his plans for the game

Skyrim and Starfield boast a decent number of quests that take a while to complete, especially if it’s the first playthrough. These missions are usually part of the main storyline but extend to sidequests and DLC. Naturally, many players won’t go through all the quests linearly, as for most, the sole purpose is not to complete the game entirely.


What’s interesting is that this doesn’t bug Tod Howard at all. In fact, he understands that not everyone is going to follow the same path and pattern while going through the game. Most players will complete quests to their liking, and some quests may be skipped:

I think in general it’s a positive thing. If someone’s playing the game and enjoying themselves, that’s all we want. I’m a believer that players are good self-directors, and I think one thing that’s good about video games is they can direct their own experience.

Bethesda games are notoriously long, and if you consider occasional DLCs, it’s not surprising that Todd Howard has such thoughts. Obviously, it is to be considered that developers put massive work into designing each quest, so their efforts go unnoticed and unappreciated at times.

However, the main goal of a game is to deliver an enjoyable experience for players rather than posing a tough challenge. This also makes each playthrough unique and more personal to the player. That said, there are some games, such as the Dark Soul franchise and Elden Ring, that are more geared towards completion.


Can Starfield Touch the Heights of Skyrim?

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Bethesda’s Skyrim is considered to be one of the most popular games of all time, and rightfully so. The RPG released back in 2011 still has an active player base, and the game’s modding support ensures that players always have something different to try every day. However, the same cannot be said for Bethesda’s Starfield, which failed to live up to expectations despite decent hype around it.

As of now, it’s hard to imagine that Starfield will reach anywhere near Skyrim’s popularity, but Bethesda has been taking active steps to improve the quality of the game. A huge update was released in May that has changed the surface maps of the game. Additionally, player are now able to customize their ships fully according to their linking. Most recently, the game’s first expansion Shattered Space was announced at the Xbox Games Showcase.

Do you agree with Todd and only do quests you enjoy? What do you think is the next phase in Starfield’s journey? Let us know in the comments below.


Written by Kuldeep Thapa

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Kuldeep is an electrical engineer and a writer for FandomWire with over 5 years of experience under the belt. He is a keen learner who consistently tries to improve and is always up for the grind. Besides delving into the Pokemon world, he enjoys playing League of Legends and many other competitive games.