Does Starfield have dismemberment?

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A space freighter in Starfield.
September 8, 2023: With the game out now, here's a look at whether Starfield's combat has dismemberment.

When tearing apart enemies in the cosmos, there's nothing better than a bit of realism. As such, the debate around Starfield dismemberment has become increasingly common. It's a feature in other Bethesda games, so some are expecting it to return in Starfield.

In this guide, we'll break down whether or not Starfield has dismemberment as a feature of its combat.

After all, a bit of dismemberment would certainly play well if you're running a tank build, aiming to chop down enemies. If you've gone for a stealth build or thief build, you'll be trying to avoid combat entirely.

Does Starfield have dismemberment?

No, it seems like Starfield does not have dismemberment.

Or at least, dismemberment isn't a feature that'll appear in the launch version of Starfield. We've seen as much from gameplay trailers and snippets direct from Bethesda, none of which have displayed any form of dismemberment, mutilation, or visceral gore when enemies are hit.

It'll no doubt take some getting used to, because other Bethesda games like Fallout 4 are renowned for dismemberment physics in combat. In that game you could blast an enemy's head clean off, but Starfield seems to focus less on the grisly gore, and more on the intricate nature of its gun-toting combat and interplanetary exploration.

That said, a modding community as devout as Bethesda's ensures that dismemberment will no doubt eventually arrive in the shape of a Starfield mod. There's a mod for practically anything in other Bethesda games, so it's just a matter of time until that lands in Starfield. Of course, though, that'll be PC only.

That's it for our look at dismemberment in Starfield! To learn more on the game, read up on the max level in Starfield, plus details on how to get early access, and how long the game will be.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and Starfield page.