How Big is Starfield

1,000+ Planets to Explore

Starfield Planetary System

Starfield Planetary System

How big is the Starfield universe? The first major revelation reviewed in the Bethesda Gameplay footage was that Starfield will have over 1,000 planets you can visit.  This revelation sent shockwaves through the community and many speculated if these will be procedurally generated or handcrafted by the developers.  Todd Howard, Director and Executive Producer, discusses this in the IGN interview.

“We do a lot of procedural generation…keep in mind that we’ve always done that”

Howard goes on to explain how this was done in Skryim and that if done right, these procedurally generated quests, worlds, environments, and stories might feel more natural and increase gameplay elements. 

Consider that Skryim technology is over 10 years old, and people still play every day – it’s pretty impressive.  Now with new technology, how far will they be able to push this, rather than spending precious development time handcrafting individual planets?  We will have to wait to find out for sure, but for the RPGer in me – someone who LOVED creating settlements in Fallout – the thought of near endless planets to explore, settle and roleplay in is a Sci-fi fan’s DREAM come true.

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