Explore the Starfield map early through a fan-made prototype

Starfield’s “100 systems, 1,000 planets” promise has split the fan base. On the one hand, there will be so much to explore, so many places to visit, and the chance to literally get lost among the stars. On the other hand, there’s a chance that most of these planets are barren spheres, with nothing to look at but the single gray building containing the object you were sent halfway across the galaxy to fetch.

Whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying that the 13-minute gameplay demo we saw during the Xbox and Bethesda showcase illustrated just how huge the scale of the game will be. At the center of it all will be the star map, which we’ve only had a brief glimpse of. It would be safe to assume that players will switch between systems via this card – like in the Mass Effect series. You can start exploring the map right away thanks to a fan who built a prototype based on the few seconds of the map we saw (thanks, PCGamesN).


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Reddit user i_need_a_fast_horse built a working prototype of the map, with around 75 systems and various mapping tools to help you find your way around. Uploaded to GitHub, the Starfield Navigation Tool will allow you to zoom, pan, and rotate the map as desired. You can also measure the distance between two celestial bodies and draw a course.

“Around 1:30 p.m. in the video, the star map is visible for about 6 seconds,” the tool’s description reads. “This scene was used to track all visible stars and reconstruct their in-game positions. The images included seven named stars, three of which are actual star systems (Sol, Alpha Centauri, and Porrima). The actual position of these stars was was used to calibrate the reconstruction.”

Some additional information has been provided by the creator. They used distance, position and color to identify three other real stars – Altair, Barnard and Sirius. They also noted that a jump range of 24.6 light years would be sufficient to reach each of the systems on the map, which most ships seem to have; and according to their calculations, the average distance to the nearest system is 8.8 light years.

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