Starfield mods

Starfield mods promise to be out of this world, but there's still some uncertainty about how they'll be implemented or supported by Bethesda.

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Starfield mods will take the internet by storm when they finally release. It took a matter of days for Skyrim’s release to usher in a flood of user-created content, ranging from unofficial patches and UI overhauls to new weapon sets, spells, and companions.

Now, Skyrim mods include sprawling quest lines, completely new regions, and even remakes of other games in the Elder Scrolls series, so just imagine what modders can accomplish with over 1000 planets and countless Starfield locations at their fingertips. Will we see modded Starfield factions, new sets of Starfield weapons, and entirely new Starfield ship types? It all depends on how mods will be supported with the Creation Engine 2.

Starfield mod support

Thankfully, Todd Howard himself has confirmed that Starfield mods will be supported by Bethesda, stating in a November 2021 Reddit AMA: “Our plan [is] to have full mod support like our previous games. Our modding community has been with us for 20 years. We love what they do and hope to see more make a career out of it.”

When Starfield releases, expect to see a ton of reskins, texture replacements, and settings tweaks, and more ambitious projects in the following months and indeed years.

Starfield mods: a spacefarer exploring a crystal cavern

Starfield Nexus Mods

Increasingly, third-party mod sites like Nexus Mods have been the go-to spots for players who want to find and download mods. The site has revealed its preparation plans for the Starfield release, including a modding server, modding forums, a modding wiki, and a Starfield section on the main site.

Interestingly, there are already early plans on the Discord server for a community patch for Starfield to address early problems, bugs, and general inconveniences. We will likely see an ‘Unofficial Starfield Patch’ mod shortly after Starfield’s launch.

Will Xbox Starfield mods be available?

Bethesda has yet to confirm outright whether Starfield will feature mod support for Xbox Series X and S, but there are some positive signs. As well as confirming mod support for PC on the Starfield Reddit, Todd Howard has also claimed that Starfield is going to be “a dream” for the modding community.

Given that Bethesda’s previous games – including epic campaigns such as Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition – have featured mod support for consoles, there’s a clear precedent suggesting Starfield might offer the same functionality.

What Starfield mods will we see?

The Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises have a wealth of modding history adding a variety of content from small tweaks to complete overhauls. While the full range of features for Starfield have yet to be seen, here are some predictions for mods on Starfield’s horizon:

  • New planets – because not even 1000 is enough
  • Town expansions and overhauls
  • New armor and clothing options
  • New ship varieties and components
  • Bespoke quests and NPCs

What about multiplayer? While Bethesda hasn’t yet confirmed a Starfield multiplayer or coop option, it wouldn’t be the first time the modding community has introduced it.

Sadly, we won’t know more until the Starfield showcase in June 2023. So until then, check out some of the Starfield character creation and ship customization options on offer before modders completely overhaul them.

Tim has sunk at least a thousand hours into Bethesda games over the years, and is always looking for the next mod to extend that playtime further. So, if he’s not busy updating our Starfield weapons database, he’s eagerly anticipating Starfield mods and DLC, or planning his dream outpost.