- Starfield received mixed reviews from both critics and fans, with some praising its sci-fi setting and new gameplay mechanics, while others found it disappointing and outdated.
- Bethesda has announced plans to update Starfield every six weeks, starting in February 2024, with fixes and additions including new features, mod support, and improvements to issues like carry capacity, outpost building, and planet exploration.
- Starfield’s DLC needs to address the game’s initial problems, increase replayability, and prove that it has long-lasting appeal. Bethesda’s roadmap for 2024 includes major fixes, customizable difficulty settings, official mod support, and a large-scale expansion titled Shattered Space.
It seems fair to say that Starfield has had a pretty strange reception. Released back in September, Starfield received some extremely mixed reviews overall, from both critics and general audiences. While some fans loved the Sci-Fi setting, overarching story, integration of new game plus, and the swathe of new gameplay mechanics, many fans felt as though Starfield was actually a tad disappointing, showing that Bethesda’s usual RPG formula is definitely a bit outdated now.
Regardless of personal opinion, Starfield had its fair share of issues when it first launched, and about a week ago, Bethesda announced its first steps to fix those problems. Beginning in February 2024, Bethesda will be updating Starfield around every six weeks or so, including various fixes and additions that range from new features to mod support and a whole slew of other things in between. While just detailing these plans is a great start, fans will need to see it in action before they can get truly excited as there’s still a whole lot riding on Starfield‘s shoulders.
Starfield: 6 Things You Should Do Before Starting New Game+
New Game+ is relevant to Starfield’s main story but remains optional. However, those who choose it should do a couple of tasks before heading in.
Starfield’s DLC Still Needs To Do a Lot
Starfield’s DLC Needs to Fix Some Big Problems
On launch, Starfield had a handful of issues that even the most die-hard Bethesda fans couldn’t argue all that much with. An absurdly low carry capacity, a lack of incentives to build Outposts, no form of city maps, and surprisingly barren planets were all just a few of the most prominent issues with Starfield at launch, and although some are quite minor, they all combined to make Starfield feel a tad unpolished.
Thankfully, these issues aren’t unfixable, and Starfield‘s DLC can slowly but surely set things right. In Starfield‘s recently announced 2024 roadmap, Bethesda lists a few of the major fixes heading to the game in the coming year. These fixes range from the inclusion of city maps to new traversal methods, including more ship customization options and customizable difficulty settings that let players manually choose their carry capacity, among a slew of other mechanical components. Bethesda has also announced that official mod support will be coming to Starfield in 2024, though hopefully, the developer doesn’t rely on its community to fix its game.
Starfield’s DLC Needs to Prove the Game Has Legs
Starfield is already an incredibly dense game. While its main story quest can be blitzed through in around 25 hours, Starfield has around 150 hours of side content. But while that’s true, Starfield doesn’t quite have the same level of replayability that Bethesda’s past RPGs have had. Though the content is definitely there, and its new game plus integration really encourages players to jump back in time and time again, Starfield doesn’t feel like it has the same legs as Skyrim or Fallout 3 right now, but its DLC can change that.
With these new fixes, Starfield‘s gameplay and universe might feel a bit more engaging to those who might have initially been turned off by the game’s aforementioned issues. Along with those fixes, Starfield is also set to receive a large-scale expansion in 2024 titled Shattered Space. Hopefully, the one-two-punch of consistent updates and Shattered Space can give Starfield the long-lasting legacy that many fans were hoping it would have from day one, essentially mirroring Cyberpunk 2077‘s redemption journey, though admittedly Starfield isn’t nearly as broken as Cyberpunk was when it first launched.
Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Starfield is a sci-fi action role-playing game where players interact with multiple factions, engage in combat, customize their main character and ship, as well as explore a universe that features over 100 systems and 1,000 planets.
- September 6, 2023
- M For Mature 17+ Due To Blood, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs, Strong Language, Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 20 Hours
- X|S Enhanced
- File Size Xbox Series
- 101 GB (November 2023)