Starfield fans are voting on what they reckon its version of Earth might look like

The environments of some planets in Starfield.
Credit: Bethesda.

The environments of some planets in Starfield.
Credit: Bethesda.

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 want the guns in Bethesda's venture into space to be designed or whether you like what it looks like in Far Cry 5, 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.

As such, some of the game’s most hyped would-be astronauts have been organising polls to gauge opinion on a number of hypotheticals surrounding Starfield, including the end goal of its story and whether it’ll match Skyrim’s impact on gaming. The latest of these space-themed surveys concerns an issue that’s a little closer to home.

What are you expecting to find when you visit your home planet in Starfield?

The poll in question forms the subject of a thread on the Starfield subreddit, which began with a post from user NinjaMaster231456, who asked their fellow players: “Do you guys think (the) Earth (will be) a planet sized nature preserve or an overpopulated garbage dump?”

Divided into three main answers in line with the question, ‘Garbage Dump’, ‘Nature Preserve’ and ‘Other’, the poll has received 1.7k votes as of writing, with 975 of these, an overwhelming majority, having been cast for ‘Garbage Dump’, with ‘Other’ currently occupying a distant second thanks to a tally of 308 votes. Currently bringing up the rear is ‘Nature Preserve’, with a lowly total of 199 votes.

Some of the responses below the ballot suggested that this more idyllic option had fallen behind because of belief trending in favour of a destroyed or inhospitable planet, with users like Ronin1372 advocating in favour of non-trash based apocalypses caused by factors like: “Another ice age (or a) solar flare.”

On the other hand, user OrwinBeane presented the interesting option of a political situation in which the planet’s inhabitants have: “Cut themselves off from the colonies (in space).”, while angrysunbird went for the more unorthodox idea that: “It’s just gone. Vanished. That’s the mystery.”

Meanwhile, user King_Geek42 presented the horrifying idea of a society overrun by the forces of unchecked capitalism, lamenting: “It'll be one giant Taco Bell restaurant.”

Regardless of whether you’re terrified that Starfield’s version of our planet will be a restaurant at the end of the universe, make sure to follow us for lots of guides to its world and mechanics. You can also check out our latest mods of the month for some killer Skyrim and Fallout mods that’ll help tide you over until it arrives.

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