Starfield fans discuss how interstellar cargo hauling might work

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Some space ships in Starfield.

For those who’ve invested thousands of hours into the likes of Skyrim and Fallout 4, the release of Starfield can’t come soon enough.

Regardless of how you feel about the prospects of Bethesda's venture into space or what you think the end goal of its story might be, the idea of being able to delve into a freshly curated game filled with new quests, characters and locations has RPG lovers of all stripes intrigued.

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Currently, some of the game’s most hyped-up would-be players are discussing how they think the system that allows them to transport goods as they slice through the galaxy in their ship might function.

Are you looking forward to loading up your ship and jumping into hyperspace in Starfield?

The thread containing their freight-based fervour on the Starfield subreddit began with a post from user BluebirdNo9328, who kicked things off by asking: “How do we think cargo hauling will work?”

Some of their fellow would-be astronauts suggested that they don’t expect it to do anything special, with user Thesorus bluntly answering: “Like any inventory system with a weight limit.” and NoEyedFsh_ adding: “Like Elite Dangerous.”

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Others had more detailed expectations, such as user Junior061989, who proposed: “Available (cargo) missions may be determined by some type of cargo hauler rating/ranking system and your ship build.” and added: “To keep things interesting cargo runs probably have a chance to (be) intercepted by pirates and smugglers may have to deal with both pirates and law enforcement.”

A number suggested that if there is going to be a piracy element to shipping, they wouldn’t want the system to request player intervention in the same way Fallout 4’s settlement system does, with user ButterBohne lamenting: “I can already hear (someone saying) ‘One of your ships is under attack. Do you want to help?’”

Meanwhile, user indie_genius joked: “A mini-game will start wherein you play through the entirety of Death Stranding everytime you want to ship something.”, leading WhenIsDeath to respond: “Oh no, think of the hamstrings.”

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No matter whether you’re afraid you might arrive in Neon or New Atlantis looking rather worse for wear and having jettisoned most of your freight in order to escape an ambush, make sure to follow us for lots of guides to its world and mechanics. You can also check out our mods of the month for some killer Skyrim and Fallout mods that’ll help tide you over until it arrives.