Director Todd Howard shared a shocking detail about Starfield that left fans stunned.
The Xbox Exclusive will be out in September, but fans will feel lied to by watching the hour-long Starfield Direct.
As announced during the showcase, Starfield will feature over a thousand planets to explore.
Fans expected a massive open world that would tie into Skyrim, developer Bethesda’s most popular open world game.
These planets are intended to be a mix of handcrafted and procedurally generated worlds, meaning some will be created by elements fed to an AI.
However, the split between man-made and generated planets has not been revealed, but it seems Howard knows the details.
He revealed that only about 10% of the planets would show signs of life.
This includes both the tribes shown in the presentation and the unique wildlife.
The others would simply be barren wasteland that can only be used to gather materials and resources.
It is likely that these 100 or so planets that contain life are handcrafted planets.
This is because Bethesda put a lot of emphasis in presenting how wildlife is adapted to the environment of the planet they live on.
A hundred planets is still a very high number, and it’s good to know that a quality approach was used on them.
For comparison, No Man’s Sky was a disaster at launch because it used AI and procedural generation to create its planets and creatures.
Later, the developer went back and started hand-crafting elements for each planet, which did much to influence public opinion about the game.
It seems like Starfield wants to take this approach from the start, adding additional planets for world building and resource management.
Still, the announcement disappointed fans as they feel Bethesda is retracting statements made during the direct.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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