A leaked message from the upcoming game Starfield is causing quite a stir online. The message says, “Boundary reached. Open the map to explore another region, or return to your ship.” This message, found in gameplay videos circulating over the weekend, has raised some concerns about the extent of planet exploration in the highly anticipated game.
With just days to go before its release, Starfield, the year’s most awaited game, is facing leaks that are causing uncertainty among fans. The latest leak has put a spotlight on the game’s much-anticipated feature: the ability to explore planets.
The leaked “boundary reached” message appeared in gameplay videos shared on YouTube and a Chinese forum, though they have been taken down since then. The message hints that Starfield’s planets might not be a single, continuous open world. In one video, a player runs in a straight line on a planet for about 10 minutes before reaching an invisible boundary.
The Starfield “boundary reached” drama is very stupid, that’s all I’ll say https://t.co/TcqNkVjpxo
— Paul Tassi (@PaulTassi) August 26, 2023
This discovery about possible limits on planet exploration surprised many fans who had high hopes that Starfield’s vast universe would allow them to roam freely, similar to the experience in No Man’s Sky, a space exploration game where planets are continuously generated as you move around. While it was known that there would be some constraints in Starfield’s exploration, like not being able to manually fly a ship into a planet’s atmosphere, the specifics of on-foot travel weren’t well-defined in official presentations.
Back in June’s Starfield Direct event, it was revealed that players can choose a spot anywhere on a planet and land there. While the leaked “boundary reached” message doesn’t necessarily contradict this, it does raise questions about how the game loads planets. Some players speculate that the game might load planets in sections rather than as one continuous world, similar to how buildings are loaded in previous Bethesda RPGs.
Reactions and Interpretations
The reaction to the leak has been a mix of disappointment, acceptance, and skepticism. Some players are disappointed by the idea of segmented planets, while others are more focused on the overall experience. Some users have pointed out that the leaked footage might not reveal the whole picture, and the game might open up more after the initial tutorial phase.
As the game’s official release on September 6 approaches, players are eager to see how Starfield truly works. While some worry about the potential gap between expectations and reality, it’s important to consider that endlessly traversing across vast and barren planets might not be as captivating as it seems. The true charm of exploration lies in the discovery, not just the distance covered.
The leaked details have only added to the anticipation. Starfield is set to launch on September 6, with players who pre-ordered the premium edition gaining access even earlier, starting from August 31. Soon, gamers will have the chance to venture into Starfield’s universe and find out for themselves how the planets unfold.