Starfield is Bethesda Game Studios’ most recent highly anticipated single-player game. Yet many fans are pre-emptively wondering if Starfield coop play will ever exist.
Starfield promises a space simulation epic, allowing you to create your character as you journey through captivating universes, uncover thrilling storylines, and immerse yourself in stunning visuals. While the potential of the game most certainly seems exciting, fans often look for an ability to enjoy the game playing alongside their friends in a multiplayer format. Bethesda followers will already be aware that many of their RPGs have never featured a multiplayer option before (with the exception of Fallout 76),and the likelihood of Starfield coop is thin. Yet those interested in a multiplayer version of the upcoming space RPG should not be completely discouraged, as there is still some chance after all.
How we might see Starfield multiplayer after all
Although it is unlikely Bethesda will ever be adding a coop/online feature to Starfield ever, if we draw comparisons to other single-player games, some eventually have gained multiplayer capabilities through other means.
To be more specific, we’ve seen a trend in the gaming industry where developers release single-player games that eventually get mods allowing for multiplayer experiences. Games like previous Bethesda releases, including Skyrim and Fallout 4, have both seen multiplayer mod editions come available trough third-party plugins. These games, just like Starfield, initially focused on delivering immersive solo adventures but eventually became hubs for multiplayer experiences through the magic of mods.
In recent hears mods have proven to be a powerful tool in the hands of dedicated fans. They have the ability to extend the life of a game, adding new features, fixing bugs, and yes, even introducing multiplayer components. The modding community has displayed remarkable creativity and resourcefulness, often surpassing expectations with their innovative solutions. Most recently, a mod created for the very popular single-player Hogwarts Legacy allowed over 160 players to share a single game version all at once. Although it was only an initial test of the mod, tools such as HogWarp are exactly the kind of thing we will likely be seeing from the modding community soon after Starfield’s release.
What we know about modding for Starfield so far
Considering the success and popularity of multiplayer mods for games like Skyrim and Fallout 4, it’s not far-fetched to imagine that a similar scenario could unfold for Starfield. Bethesda Game Studios has always been supportive of mods and has even released the Creation Kit, allowing players to modify their games to their heart’s content. This openness to modding could potentially pave the way for future multiplayer possibilities in Starfield. In fact, Nexus mods has already established a dedicated page and wiki on their site ahead of the game’s release. Bethesda have confirmed that Starfield, like their previous games, will have full modding support, and seemed to have partnered with Nexus mods going forward.
However, it’s important to note that implementing multiplayer functionality is a complex task that requires careful planning and development. It’s not something that can be added on a whim or with a simple update. Both game studios and modders need to consider various factors, such as network infrastructure, balancing gameplay mechanics for multiple players, and ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Therefore, while we can’t say for certain whether Starfield multiplayer mode will ever exist, the history of mods in single-player games shows us that where there’s a dedicated fanbase, there’s often a way.
In the end, while we await official announcements regarding Starfield and possible multiplayer features, let’s keep our fingers crossed and embrace the possibility of venturing into the cosmos with our buddies. After all, the universe is vast, and exploring it is always better with friends by your side.