Starfield is starting to look like one of the most ambitious Space RPGs ever made. Bethesda even coined a new term to describe this unique genre – ‘NASA-punk’. Recent reports also suggest that this could be the only iteration of the franchise made by Bethesda director Todd Howard. So, it is no surprise that the studio intends to go all out on Starfield and kick off the franchise with a big bang.
Scale, therefore, is paramount to Starfield’s success, and Bethesda has promised a colossal map. Developers have claimed to feature several planets in Starfield across several solar systems. If Bethesda delivers, this could be the largest game ever made.
How many planets are in Starfield?
This space epic has been reported to feature over a 1000 planets across 100 systems. Each planet is said to have its own unique biome with unique resources and features. Bethesda has revealed that the planets will be procedurally generated in Starfield. This means that with each playthrough, you will be encountering a completely different universe.
While radiant quests are bound to be part of the gameplay, Bethesda promises ample amount of hand-crafted content to keep the game’s story consistent and engaging. This is also a great way of avoiding having empty planets, like with No Man’s Sky.
How big is Starfield map size in comparison with other titles?
While there is no official word on this or any pictorial representation of what the map would look like, it is easy to assume by looking at existing titles. Each of the planets in Starfield is said to be a map of its own. This means if you were to compare it with Skyrim, the map in terms of scale could be about 1000 times larger.
That being said, all Starfield planets are bound to have certain repetitive elements. With Starfield’s procedural generation, this is a guarantee. Still, the game will have more diverse content than many games of its genre combined. Only catch is that you cannot expect the level of immersion that Skyrim’s map offered.
Nevertheless, early look at the Starfield gameplay reveals they have made great efforts to retain their classic RPG elements. Considering Starfield’s scale, that is quite an impressive feat.