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You can’t imagine playing Bethesda games without mods, which begs the question — Will Starfield, the much-anticipated upcoming space RPG, have mod support at launch? If you’re looking for an answer, you’ve come to the right place.

Bethesda games have a rich history with mods, with the Skyrim and Fallout franchises having the biggest modding communities ever. Some of these mods are so highly recommended by the community that many consider them essential for playing the games.

As Starfield prepares to launch in September, fans have taken to the internet to learn everything they can about it. While many are going over the various promised features of the game, others are more concerned about mod support. Bethesda has always actively supported the modding community, especially through the tool known as the Creation Kit — an editor for making mods.

Read on to know if Starfield supports mods and what engine Bethesda’s latest RPG is built on.

Does Starfield have mod support?

Yes, Starfield will have full mod support at launch as confirmed by Todd Howard himself.

Todd Howard previously stated that Bethesda’s ambitious space-themed RPG will have full mod support. He answered a query regarding mod support on a Reddit AMA thread back in 2021. Todd’s response was, “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.”

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Todd Howard expects Starfield to be played for at least a decade after its release. This isn’t hard to imagine, since a vast number of players are still playing Skyrim today. The game still gets new mods that make players want to pick it up yet another time. As such, it’s up to the modding community to make this a reality, and judging by the fanbase’s enthusiasm for mods, it won’t be difficult.

A game as hyped as Starfield is expected to receive dedicated mods within the first few days of its release. It’s not hard to imagine Star Wars or Starship Troopers-themed mods for the game that add new ships and items. However, since it’s a Bethesda title, expect some truly bizarre ones as well.

What engine does Starfield use?

The upcoming Elder Scrolls game, TES VI, and Starfield have both been confirmed to make use of ‘Creation Engine 2.’ It is an improvement over the Creation Engine, which was used for Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76.

Based on the gameplay footage and trailers, the new engine seems quite similar to its predecessor. As such, only time will tell whether it includes some much-needed improvements or if modding will be easier with it.

starfield player looking at planet moonThere will be over 1000 planets to explore in Starfield.

It should be noted that the majority of these mods will be available only on PC. However, as they have in the past, Bethesda might decide to port a few mods to consoles as downloadable content.

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