- Ship customization in Starfield has received universal praise for being robust, deep, and allowing for creative expression.
- The customization options in Starfield can alter not only the cosmetic appearance of the ship, but also its storage, engine power, and utility spaces.
- The Elder Scrolls 6 could potentially feature similar ship building customization, but with a high-fantasy twist, such as customizable sailboats or warships.
With little more than a logo reveal to go off, RPG fans waiting for The Elder Scrolls 6 have been left to speculate about what the long-awaited game will entail. Bethesda Game Studios’ latest single-player RPG Starfield may offer a glimpse into what the company is planning for The Elder Scrolls 6, at least when it comes to some high-level design elements.
While Starfield may not be perfect, it has one feature that has received near universal praise: ship customization. The personalization options that players have at their disposal in Starfield are surprisingly robust, deep, and meaningful, allowing for creative expression through a relatively easy-to-use system, even if it can be slightly overwhelming at first. As far as cosmetic changes are concerned, the options are seemingly endless, as players are only limited by the most basic constraints of logic when it comes to the shape and size of their spacecraft. Deeper changes can also be made, as customization can alter things like ship storage, engine power, and utility spaces. As good as these personalization options are, the system still has room to grow, and The Elder Scrolls 6 could implement this growth.
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Starfield players have made countless creative and impressive spaceship builds thanks to comprehensive ship customization options, and while the game’s sci-fi setting certainly offers a great deal of freedom in this regard, the concept may actually be improved in The Elder Scrolls 6. The game’s high-fantasy setting and presumably seamless exploration could allow for an even greater expansion of Starfield‘s already impressive personalization features, or at least offer a fresh spin on them.
Translating Starfield Ship Building to The Elder Scrolls 6
The most obvious parallel to spaceship-crafting in a high fantasy setting would be watercraft-building. The setting of The Elder Scrolls 6 has yet to be determined, but if it features oceans, rivers, or other bodies of water, then the doors would be open for customizable sailboats, warships, or galleys. If The Elder Scrolls 6 could feature the same degree of customization as Starfield, then this concept could have remarkably long legs.
Of course, utilities like a science lab would be out of the question, but they could be replaced with specialized rooms for things like alchemy, spell-crafting, or blacksmithing. These utility rooms would serve as natural incentives for players to customize and upgrade their ships, but other, more superficial customization options – like room composition, ship size, addendums, and decorative accents – would allow for creative expression. Again, it’s unclear how ambitious TES 6 will be when it comes to scale or feature variety, but there’s no doubt that some customization, building off Skyrim‘s homesteads, would be welcome. Extending this customization to interactive, moveable structures would be the icing on the cake.
The Elder Scrolls 6’s Custom Ships Could Be Better than Starfield’s
For all the strengths of Starfield‘s ship customization, it does come with a rather significant caveat. The options players have at their disposal are robust, but the actual function of the spaceships in-game is disappointingly limited. The ships are mostly only used to traverse deceptively small areas outside a planet’s atmosphere, and they can generally feel disconnected from the rest of the game.
This could be greatly improved in TES 6. For one thing, the lack of space exploration will likely mean that TES 6 will have fewer loading screens than Starfield, leading to a more seamless and natural experience, one in which players can actually use their ship to travel directly to and from various locations. By increasing the time players actually spend with their custom ships and making them a more integrated part of the overall adventure experience, The Elder Scrolls 6 could not only adapt Starfield‘s stellar customization tools, but improve upon them.
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