With plenty of intrepid explorers now galivanting through the Settled Systems, many are wondering if there's a possibility of Starfield multiplayer in the future.
Starfield is finally with us, and while we’re all eagerly blasting off into this game’s expansive single-player campaign, a vocal contingent of RPG fans are crying out for Starfield multiplayer. While Microsoft and Bethesda have offered no suggestion that Starfield will offer multiplayer or coop of any kind, some fans and commentators think that a future announcement could be on the cards, or that it might arrive with some Starfield DLC further down the line.
Does Starfield have multiplayer?
Starfield is not a multiplayer game, with no word from the developers that any kind of Starfield multiplayer is in the works. Starfield’s Steam listing clearly marks the game as a singleplayer title, with no mention of any multiplayer modes. With prior experience of Bethesda games, we’re not really expecting anything to change either.
So, if Bethesda doesn’t have any plans at the moment for a Starfield multiplayer mode, why is anyone even talking about it at all?
Well, a driving force behind the speculation is that multiplayer experiences tend to be lucrative for game developers (after all, most of us are more likely to spend money on Starfield weapons and cosmetics if we’re able to show them off online). It wouldn’t be the first time that Bethesda capitalized on adding multiplayer to one of its single-player franchises. Just look at Fallout 76.
However, it’s also worth pointing out that Fallout 76 was not the success Bethesda first envisioned, and it plays very differently from classic RPG games from the studio. With Starfield feeling much more like Fallout 4 or Skyrim, neither of which ever saw official online modes, it’s fair to speculate that Starfield multiplayer would require creating a whole new game, rather than simply patching a multiplayer mode into the game. So, we don’t think we’ll be engaging in outer-space dogfights with members of your Xbox friends list anytime soon.
What are the Starfield coop options?
Sadly, Starfield coop is also currently not part of the game. With plenty of gameplay hours of experience in Early Access, we can confirm Starfield’s gameplay is strictly single-player-only. For now, a future with your friends in Starfield is very much speculation. It is worth keeping an eye on our Starfield mods page, though, to see if any inventive modders come up with a Starfield coop mod, with the community already coming up with plenty of in-game enhancements.
Will Starfield multiplayer be added post-launch?
If past form is any indication, we can look forward to a number of Starfield DLCs and expansions in the months (and maybe even years) following its launch. That being the case, it’s surely possible that a Starfield multiplayer mode of some kind could be made available, right?
While it’s not possible to prove otherwise, there’s no indication that Bethesda is planning to add Starfield multiplayer post-launch. As such, it might be up to the Starfield modding community to find a solution. We have our fingers crossed and our thrusters engaged in case anything changes, though.
Starfield multiplayer mod
With Starfield operating off the freshly updated Creation Engine 2, support for multiplayer likely exists within the game’s engine. Designing Fallout 76 as a multiplayer game required a considerable number of tweaks and changes. However, it isn’t unfeasible that many of the Fallout 76 multiplayer elements can be utilized on a smaller scale for Starfield. A Starfield coop mode limited to a handful of players could revolutionize gameplay.
The Bethesda modding community managed to bring multiplayer to Skyrim, so we can only hope that a Starfield mod for multiplayer appears in the near future.