The creator of the popular Sim Settlements mods for Fallout 4, King Gath, has shared his thoughts on the outposts system in Starfield, the new RPG from Bethesda. While he appreciates some of the improvements, he also expresses some concerns.
Gath mentions that he likes the interface improvements in Starfield, particularly the top-down build mode. However, he points out a few things he dislikes about the new system. He mentions the lack of sets of structural foundations for production machinery and the limited art variety in the game. But his main concern is with the role of people in the settlement system. He believes that people and their needs should matter more in the grand scheme of things, rather than just being vehicles for increased production in the outpost they are assigned to.
In Gath’s words, “One of the core concepts we embraced with Sim Settlements 2 was that people are what matter. It’s the thing that draws us to Bethesda games—without the characters, there’s no purpose to what we’re doing. It’s why we include so many recruitable characters in Sim Settlements 2.”
While Bethesda games are known for being modding-friendly, Gath is uncertain about how much he will work on Starfield. However, if he feels the desire to create more content for the game after the modding tools are released, he may focus on building Sim Colonies.
Starfield is available on PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S worldwide. Players who are interested in learning more about the game can check out my review for further details.
– Outposts: Settlemens or bases created by players in the game.
– Mods: Player-created modifications or additions to a video game.
– RPG: Role-playing game.
– Interface: The way in which a user interacts with a computer program or game.
– Art variety: The range of different visual designs or styles in the game.
– Settlement mechanics: Game mechanics related to managing and developing settlements within the game world.
– Modding tools: Software tools that allow players to create mods for a game.
Source: PC Gamer (quoted information)