Just before the release of Starfield, one controversy after another has emerged, with some staying grounded while others lack any ground at all. Much like gas planets where enraged fans are eager to set foot!
What happened? Following the recent debacle regarding the not-so-free exploration of planets in Starfield, some “fans” have found a new point of contention: In Starfield, you can’t land on gas-based gas planets, and this has left hundreds of users on Twitter in a state of outrage. Let’s delve into what’s behind this!
Starfield Fan Demands the Ability to Land & Explore Gas Planets, Hundreds Like
The Twitterverse surrounding Starfield is currently hotter than the sun’s corona. Angry users keep unearthing aspects of the space RPG that upset them. Most recently, user KingTrash posted that you couldn’t explore gas planets in Starfield. Along with it, he posted images of these gas giants and wrote:
You can’t land on these “planets” because exploration (in Starfield) is a lie.
Jesus, it keeps getting worse.
As of now, the tweet has garnered around 90,000 Twitter users, over 350 likes, and countless comments. Some users agree and also demand the ability to roam on gas planets. However, another faction opposes this demand, attempting to explain why it wouldn’t make sense to land on gas planets in Starfield. User @MintySOT writes (via twitter.com):
It’s a gas giant; you physically can’t walk on gas.
@StrawhatZorox chimes in (via twitter.com) — and this is our favorite!
No sh*t? (Of course) you can’t walk on gas!
The original tweet’s author responds to these and similar comments with:
In real life, you can’t make aliens your pets or use mind control either.
It’s a video game; it features alien creatures, jetpacks, and spaceships in the form of robots. Why draw the line at gas planets?
Many of the users who liked this tweet are certainly not unintelligent; perhaps they didn’t think it through or got some fundamentals mixed up. For instance, the solid core of a gas giant is misunderstood (via twitter.com) — more on that in a moment.
Why Can’t You Explore Gas Planets in Starfield?
- Gas planets lack a solid surface for a spaceship to land on.
- The dense gas layers of these planets create extreme winds and storms with speeds of up to 432 km/h, which would shred even futuristic spaceships. In general, the weather conditions are more than just extreme.
- The solid core of a gas giant lies beneath up to 8,000 kilometers of gas layers (via euronews.com). No spaceship, let alone a human, could withstand the pressure on the core.
Could Gas Planet Exploration Come to Starfield in the Future?
Under certain circumstances, modders might introduce the ability to explore a gas giant in the future. At the very least, they could allow entry into the upper atmospheric layers. A similar concept exists in the genre-mate Star Citizen, where an entire city resides in the upper cloud layer of the gas planet Crusader.
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