Entertainment Starfield multiplayer: can you play with a friend?
Starfield multiplayer: can you play with a friend?
Thinking about Starfield multiplayer while you stargaze is only natural – space can get pretty lonely after all.
If you’re anything like me, your head is swirling with countless new ideas for your spacefaring future. Whether you’re hoping to be a ruthless space pirate, an average Joe-stellar trucker or you want to grow potatoes on as many different planets as possible – Starfield is coming.
But is it going to be a mold-breaker for Bethesda that will let you grab a friend, close the airlocks, and launch into deep space? The game draws many comparisons to No Man’s Sky Beyond, so could it have similar multiplayer capability?
As we learn more and more about Bethesda’s latest massive adventure Starfield, more and more features have been revealed. From all the Starfield factions to being able to answer ‘just how big is Starfield?’, the features list has given a sense of scale for what to expect. And although you’ll be able to fly between all the planets, and upgrade and design your ship to your heart’s content, it’s unlikely that Bethesda is going to deviate from their standard single-player approach. That won’t stop us from going over what we do know though.
Starfield multiplayer: will it have it?
Back in the dusty annals of 2020, Todd Howard categorized Starfield as a single-player game alongside Elder Scrolls 6. While he didn’t expand on this at all at the time – leaving an opening for dubious speculation – no new mention of multiplayer or singleplayer has come up since to suggest anything else.
Furthermore, if you look back at Bethesda’s history of major hits, from Fallout 4 to Skyrim, there’s very little reason for them to deviate from their formula. None of Bethesda’s previous big hits have needed more than their single player to be released five times, so why would Starfield buck that trend?
Maybe most importantly of all, Bethesda has already answered our question about multiplayer in their big expansive RPGs: when they want to have multiplayer, they’ll make it a separate game. After all, Fallout 4 (in essence) got multiplayer with the oft-maligned Fallout 76, which still managed to sell at least couple million copies. It seems pretty clear that Bethesda doesn’t consider multiplayer to be a part of its game plan for its major games, and instead will deliver them as separate games if they do at all.
That being said, Bethesda hasn’t outright said there will be no multiplayer in-game yet either. Often they champion a game’s single-player status, but we haven’t quite seen that yet with Starfield. It’s also possible the game has light multiplayer aspects, such as sending other players resources, or shaping lands and leaving notes like Death Stranding. Right now, we don’t know.
Until Todd Howard decides to grace us with more specific answers, we’re just going to have to keep our eyes glued to our digital telescopes to read the answers in the Starfield.