How will Starfield Crafting work?
Crafting is an important part of gameplay in nearly all well crafted role playing games, and Starfield will be no different. Gear, weapons, outposts and other components are all things which can be created or upgraded through the crafting system. As you explore planets, you can harvest different types of resources along the way. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios Starfield’s new release date is now set for September 6, 2023! Let’s take a look at what we know about the crafting system in Starfield so far.
Starfield Crafting Guide
The first step before you can craft anything is to acquire the materials required! You’ll need a wide variety of materials in order to craft medicines, supplies, and weapons – and likely they will also help you to build or power your outposts and ships. Excess materials could be sold to generate income, to further your expeditions into deeper space. One of the first shots of gameplay in the trailer shows the player character collecting iron off of the rock face of the moon environment using a laser extractor that the UI calls a Cutter. The shape of the iron is highlighted when the player views it and the UI on screen shows the identification of what the material is. The iron is automatically collected and added into the player inventory after a short animation where the laser does its work.
It is reasonable to assume that this is how it will work for other kinds of resource harvesting, whether the material be mineral, metal, flora or fauna. When the player detects and scans the Dust Root flora above, you can see that the UI on the left-hand side lists all the available materials which can be discovered on Krete:
- Resources 5/8
- Fauna 0/0
- Flora: 0/2
Presumably, the Dust Root has not yet registered as Flora in the UI yet because the scan is only at 13%. Another element of note is the notation of there being zero fauna. Just a handful of seconds later in the video the player character comes across some chitlin/insect looking creatures. These crawl out of the way, followed quickly by the sight of some much larger crab-like creatures which also retreat. This despite the fact that the above UI suggested that there was no fauna on this moon. Although initially this suggests that there are no animals to be found on the surface, that is clearly not the case. Nor does the player UI scan pick out or highlight either of these creatures. Based on these factors, it can be deduced that these particular animals do not ‘count’ in the sense that they cannot be harvested for any usable materials.
Aside from named resources revealed in some of the trailer footage (such as the Iron above), we currently don’t know all the various types of resources the player will be able to collect. As suggested in the gameplay reveal trailer, different materials will be found only on certain planets or in certain environments. You will have to continue exploring new planets with your starship in order to find exactly what you need. Keep your eyes on this site for additional information as it becomes available!
Looking for more about Starfield?
- Starfield: 10 Things You Must Know!
- Character Creation Explained
- Starfield Gameplay Breakdown
- Starfield Exploration
I’ll be doing more deep dives into Starfield and covering the game here on deltiasgaming.com. Keep an eye out for more coverage as we anxiously wait for the game to release! Additionally, I’ll also be streaming the game on Twitch.