Starfield Won't Let Players Fly Seamlessly From Space to Planets

Todd Howard said the feature is "really just not that important to the player".

Todd Howard revealed that Starfield won't allow players to fly seamlessly from space to its planets. Howard said the feature is "really just not that important to the player" to justify the engineering work involved.

In an interview with IGN, Howard discussed his philosophy of 'saying yes to the player', and whether the team had to implement every single idea it had. Howard said the philosophy was key to some things, including procedurally generating 100 solar systems, but didn't work in some cases. 

"People have asked, ‘Can you fly the ship straight down to the planet?’ No. We decided early in the project that the on-surface is one reality, and then when you’re in space it’s another reality."

Howard and the team believe that some features are not that important to players and to the whole experience so dev teams should balance ambitions. 

"If you try to really spend a lot of time engineering the in-between, like that segue, you’re just spending a lot of time [on something] that’s really just not that important to the player," Howard reasoned. "So let’s make sure it’s awesome when you’re on the surface and awesome when you’re in space, and those realities look and play as good as they can be."

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  • Anonymous user

    You can explore each and every planet in the game. You just won’t be able to control the descent of the craft during the process of atmospheric reentry. I’m completely ok with this. Give me a nice cutscene of my custom designed ship entering the atmosphere on autopilot because some tasks such as that should be left to the professionals or software while I sit back and enjoy some tang.


    Anonymous user

    ·a year ago·

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