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A Starfield player discovers a rough version of the star map using reverse engineering

Starfield is Bethesda’s first original IP in 25 years…and that’s reason enough to be very hyped. Of course, we already know that we will have to wait for the first half of 2023 to enjoy it on Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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The last gameplay shown at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase gave us long teeth, and shortly after Todd Howard revealed the approximate duration of the title. Even Starfield confirmed the presence of 1000 different planets, and some will be named after famous astronauts.

Little is known about the star map of Starfield. In fact, in the last gameplay you could only see for just 6 seconds… but you will be surprised to see what the fans are capable of.

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the computer scientist sebastian werhausen collected those 6 seconds and, by reverse engineering, managed to recreate the star map of Starfield in an executable file. Something impressive by all accounts.

The tool is called starfield navigator (link), and allows us to explore a rough version of the RPG map. Of course, the problem is that it has been recreated starting from just 6 seconds of footage.

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This means that we are most likely looking at an erroneous version of the Starfield map. Werhausen managed to unveil a series of stars and solar systems that could appear in the Bethesda game.

That scene was used to track all the visible stars and piece together their position in the game. The images included seven named stars, three of which are real star systems (Sol, Alpha Centauri, and Porrima). The actual position of those stars was used to calibrate the reconstruction.”.

Bethesda has confirmed that Starfield will feature 100 stars, and this tool reveals that 75 of them were “visible” in gameplay. Even up to 6 real stars were detected (like Altair, Barnard and Sirius).

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According to Starfield Navigator analysis, the map will be divided into sections, and certain ships will not be able to pass through some areas. There will be a number of restrictions depending on the range your spaceship has.

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If the Starfield Navigator tool is already fascinating in itself, imagine what the real Starfield star map could be. Bethesda will reveal more details of the RPG in the coming months… and perhaps the map is one of them.

Starfield will hit stores in the first half of 2023, still without a confirmed date (initially it was going to come out on November 11 of this year). It will be available on Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Game Pass and Steam.

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