Starfield Planet Exploration Explained

If you need the basics of planet exploration in Starfield explained, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we are going to focus on whether you can explore entire planets in Starfield and whether you can land anywhere you want. Both of these points are a matter of some contention at time of writing, and we’ll try to clear things up. Let’s begin!

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starfield planet exploration explained
Starfield Planet Exploration Explained

Can You Explore Entire Planets in Starfield

According to many interviews, Starfield’s planet exploration will let you walk the length and width of every planet. For example, in this IGN interview, Todd Howard talks about “kilometer-sized tiles” that are procedurally generated and wrap around the planet. They should work in unison with handcrafted content to create an illusion that you are exploring the entirety of a living, breathing planet. Of course, there will be differences in temperature, gravity, radiation, etc. Or, at least, Howard has said as much in this interview (starting about twenty minutes in). Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s not like the man has been super-truthful in the past. And even if it all works like he says, I still doubt that procedurally generated content will remain truly rewarding for long before it turns into repetitive sludge. We’ll have to wait and see.

Starfield Can You Land Anywhere?

Another major point of interest for many players, as far as planet exploration in Starfield goes, is whether you can land anywhere. The answer, going off of interviews and gameplay showcases we’ve seen so far, is yes. You can just put down wherever you please and walk in any direction you want. Or you can go to a fast travel point you’ve previously discovered. There will be no need to go looking for a space port on a planet that might be completely deserted. Again, I trust Howard as much as a rickety, old rope bridge, but it’d be cool if this ends up being true.

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