With Starfield’s launch in sight, what Starfield DLC will we see in the near future, and will there be a Starfield season pass?
The Starfield showcase in June 2023 hasn’t arrived yet, but you can bet Bethesda have some Starfield DLC planned.
Whether it’s an expansion of features, Starfield locations, or additional storylines and quests, Bethesda have a long history of DLC and expansion packs. Nothing at present has been hinted at or discussed, but we can certainly speculate before we hear about any concrete plans.
- When will Starfield DLC release?
- Starfield DLC content
- Starfield DLC season pass
- Starfield Creation Club DLC
When will Starfield DLC release?
Even before Fallout 4 launched in November 2015, Bethesda announced “we don’t know what the actual DLC will be yet, but it will start coming early next year”. While we still don’t know the details for the Starfield pre-order, we predict that Bethesda will have DLC on the table three months after Starfield’s launch.
It’s not uncommon in the gaming industry for studios to work on DLC and expansion packs ahead of release. Just for reference, when Skyrim launched in November 2011, two small pieces of DLC arrived only three months later.
Similarly, Fallout 3 and 4 saw DLC packages arrive within the first three to four months following release, and subsequently at least one every two months..
What does this mean for Starfield? With Starfield’s launch set for September 2023, we could see DLC as early as December 2023 or January 2024. Sadly, we likely won’t have official word until the Starfield showcase.
Starfield DLC content
It’s a bit early to say what content Starfield might receive in the months following release, but there are some common trends Bethesda has followed.
One we are almost certain to get is an expansion to Starfield outpost and settlement building. Skyrim saw it with Hearthfire, Oblivion with an array of player homes, and Fallout 4 with a number of workshop expansions. Given just how important resources will be in modifying your ship, weapons, and armor, it would seem odd for Bethesda not to add to what will be a very popular feature.
Something less certain but more tangible will be a Starfield High Resolution Texture Pack to cram in graphical improvements for those with beefier computers, though you may want to check how you fare against the Starfield system requirements before investing in this DLC should it appear.
Finally, story expansions. We currently have little information on Starfield’s story, so it’s impossible to predict what quests, characters, and features Bethesda might introduce further down the line. Fortunately, we have Reddit for that side of the wild speculations.
Starfield DLC season pass
Just after the Fallout 4 showcase, Bethesda announced not only that DLC would be coming – though they didn’t know what it would be – but that it would get a season pass if the value of the expansions exceeded $40.
With the Starfield map alone having a grander scale than any other before it in Bethesda’s history, if DLC is coming to Starfield, a season pass won’t be far behind.
Starfield Creation Club DLC
Introduced most heavily with Fallout 76 and then retroactively applied to Fallout 4 and Skyrim, the Creation Club has provided a platform for curated content in exchange for Bethesda’s own premium currency.
Contracting third party developers and passionate Starfield modders could flesh out the Creation Club with mini-DLC if Bethesda are planning to bring this lucrative platform to their latest intellectual property.
For now, we can only speculate what downloadable content is on the horizon for Starfield. Fortunately, we already know a fair bit about Starfield character creation and the all-important release date ahead of the next Starfield showcase.