We finally took a closer look at Starfield during last Sunday’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. While the game looks cool, it also revealed that it will have 100 different solar systems and you can visit over 1000 planets.
A cool feature that also means Bethesda will have to use a programming system to create them. This has been a concern for some who are concerned that these places simply aren’t interesting enough compared to handcrafted ones, something director Todd Howard talked about in a recent IGN interview. He said that Bethesda has always used a program system:
“We do a lot of procedural generation[in Starfield]but I want to remember that we do it all the time. It’s a big part of Skyrim in terms of missions and some of the other things we do. We use a procedural system to generate the landscape, so we’ve been working on it.[上古卷軸2：匕首隕落]We looked at it a lot from a game flow perspective. We’ve been developing some procedural techniques and doing some prototyping, and it’s really starting to peak in Starfield because we think we can do that.
But using a procedural system doesn’t mean Bethesda has scaled back handcrafting. Actually quite the opposite, as Howard said, Starfield offers more of that than any game they’ve done before. It is also possible to just play the following parts of the massive adventure:
“I should also add that we’ve done more crafting in this game, in terms of content, than any game we’ve ever done. We have over 200,000 lines of dialogue, so we still do a lot of crafting Make, if people just want to do what they’re used to in our games, and follow the main quest, and complete the quest line, you’ll see what you expect from us.
Howard explained that having all these other planets is a way to create variation, and you can choose to spend your time:
“But you have another part of, ‘Okay, I’m just going to wander around this planet, and it’s going to provide some gameplay, some random stuff, and stuff like that. Kind of like Daggerfall, if you go back.
Starfield will be released in the first half of 2023 for PC and Xbox Series S/X and included with Game Pass.