In an interview, Todd Howard, Director of Games and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios, spoke about the Starfield universe and more than 1,000 planets. His promise: Some planets will surely be boring. But there is also good news.
Yesterday we received a statement for you from Todd Howard, Game Director and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios The vast universe of Starfield. The new fantasy role-playing game from developers Elder Scrolls and Fallout Get more handcrafted content than any other Bethesda game to date. Below we have some additions for you.
Boring planets are only a part of it
in one Interview with IGN The lead developer explained that more than 1,000 planets from Starfield were procedurally generated. According to Howard, this has always happened in Bethesda. A large part of Skyrim was created in this way. Landscapes are procedurally created, after which manually designed systems and content are added or things are specifically adapted.
Todd Howard compares the procedurally generated content of Starfield with Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall from 1996. At the time, almost all of the content in the massive game world was procedurally generated. Only with Morrowind did developers move to manually adapting game worlds again after that. Starfield will optionally offer a similar endless sandbox quest experience as Daggerfall did in its day.
However, the game should clearly indicate to you which planets were created purely procedurally. For example, there will be planets completely covered with ice. What’s so fun about that? Nothing exactly. But this is good because it reflects reality. The universes are not only made up of habitable planets with interesting species and cultures. If you land on such a boring planet, you might collect resources for a few minutes and then take off again. And that’s fine with Todd Howard, too. It’s about offering choices and giving a sense of the big universe. Alternatively, you can of course also simply Just focus on the main mission linewhich should last about 30 to 40 hours.