In just a few days, gamers will finally get their hands on Bethesda’s highly anticipated release, Starfield. However, the days leading up to this blockbuster’s debut are fraught with debates and speculations, largely fuelled by pre-release leaks.
Earlier comments from Pete Hines, Bethesda’s head of publishing, had raised expectations for a game world offering limitless exploration. Hines had implied that once players landed on a planet, they could explore it endlessly. This assertion has come into question as leaked multimedia content indicates that players might encounter unseen barriers or “invisible walls” that restrict how far they can roam on a planet’s surface.
“The information about invisible walls is not entirely accurate,” tweeted Jez Corden, co-managing editor of Windows Central, without divulging further details. Similarly, Forbes contributor Paul Tassi advised fans to “wait for the review embargo to lift” before jumping to conclusions. Bethesda has also advised early reviewers to hold their tongues, adding yet another layer of mystery.
Opinions among Starfield’s ardent fans are split, to say the least. Some feel misled by the earlier promises of boundless planetary exploration. “The Cracks are starting to show,” reads a discussion thread on Starfield’s Steam page. On the other hand, many in the gaming community find this supposed limitation a non-issue. Some have even pointed out that if it takes 40 minutes to reach a planet’s edge, it would still be larger than the entire Fallout 4 map.
While the leaks have certainly shaken the community, the game’s sky-high expectations remain largely intact. This is not surprising considering Bethesda has been promoting the enormous scope and size of Starfield, claiming that one could play for over 100 hours before scratching the surface. Xbox Series X/S owners are among those particularly excited, keenly anticipating a Game of the Year contender to match the likes of God of War Ragnarök or The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
As Starfield’s launch day nears, the fan debates and speculative discussions seem unlikely to subside. What is clear, however, is that this game has already captured imaginations worldwide—even if it’s not the infinite universe some had envisioned. Only time will tell if Starfield lives up to the hype or falls short of its astronomical expectations.