Bored with all these fast-travel menus in Starfield? Excellent news: For those who’re taking part in on PC, you may seize a mod that’ll dramatically ramp up your ship’s pace in area with the intention to truly fly in between close by planets inside an affordable timespan.
Starfield was hyped as much as function an infinite galactic scale full of item-rich dungeons, multi-part questlines, and tons of different actions. Early on, nonetheless, Bethesda made it clear that its new area RPG wouldn’t allow you to immediately fly all the way down to planet surfaces in the best way you may in No Man’s Sky. As a substitute, gamers would entry planetary places by way of menus and loading screens. That extends to journey between planets and photo voltaic methods as properly, in that, you may’t; as a substitute, you click on on a star map to warp from one planet’s orbit to a different’s.
Photo voltaic methods in Starfield aren’t simply illusions, nonetheless. Every system is technically explorable, it’s simply that there’s an infinite quantity of distance between every planet and moon. It might probably take actually hours to journey, at regular sport speeds, between even close-looking celestial our bodies. (Some have estimated that Starfield’s size amounts to about 1:20 the size of reality, no less than planetside, which for the dimensions of objects in area continues to be an exceptionally giant space.)
Enter the cleverly named STL (Slower Than Light) mod. With it, you may ramp up your ship’s pace to cross the gap between worlds in mere minutes.
The mod’s creator, 105gun, reveals off a little bit of how their mod works in this YouTube video. Within the clip you may see ships speed up far past their regular limits. The mod works by map elevated pace choices to devoted hotkeys. As per the mod’s description, and regardless of its title, the elevated pace permits you to transfer on the “equal of tons of of instances the pace of sunshine.” Whereas it’s a fairly helpful solution to get a extra immersive Starfield expertise, simply know that putting in mods dangers locking your save file out of incomes achievements. (There are additionally mods that protect against that, although.)
For now, the intrasystem journey expertise isn’t completely excellent, as Bethesda didn’t actually design the sport with this sort of journey in thoughts. There are a couple of visible hiccups, and a few who’ve braved the gap and flown manually between planets have additionally found some points with the sport accurately rendering the brand new area. Often a easy save/reload resolves every thing, although.
Whereas quick journey is usually the default means most individuals get round in different Bethesda video games like Skyrim and Fallout, Starfield is exclusive in how its quick journey is usually the one choice to entry many areas of the sport. With the Slower Than Mild mod now you can reclaim a few of these early-game moments whenever you nonetheless have the endurance to traverse a super-large area. That’s, earlier than the novelty of sitting there for minutes at a time wears off and also you simply find yourself fast-traveling all over the place once more.