Starfield fans are trying to work out exactly how many spaceships you can dogfight simultaneously

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Some ships and pirates in Starfield.
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Most of the hardcore Bethesda RPG fans who’ve invested thousands of hours into Skyrim and Fallout 4 can't wait for the release of Starfield, which we now know won’t be too close to the arrival of Fallout London.

These would-be interstellar explorers got plenty of fresh answers regarding what to expect from their trip to space at this month’s Starfield Direct, which featured everything from the Adoring Fan, to a few surprisingly valuable sandwiches and even a ship with a rage quit button.

While some have since been trying to work out the scale of the game’s planets, researching which versions of it come with a physical disc, or listening to PlayStation’s CEO give his views on its exclusivity, one has decided to try to figure out just how large its interstellar dogfights can get.

Are you hoping to get into some massive spaceship battles in Starfield?

The aspiring ace in question, user RossMorgone has shared their findings via a post to the subreddit r/starfield, which features a couple of shots of interstellar battles from the gameplay deep dive that they’ve analysed in an effort to work out just how many ships are involved.

In the first of the two, they think they’ve spotted between 11 and 13 ships that are either visible on screen or indicated by proximity markers, while, in the second, they reckon they’ve spotted between 10 and 11.

“Do you think we will be able to encounter this scale of battle randomly, or is this possibly a scripted quest/one time event for the story?” they asked their fellow spacers regarding the discovery, while also opening up the replies for some general discussion of space battles.

While most naturally responded to the former by indicating that they’d love every fight to feature the carnage of a double digit number of ships going at it, others suggested some potential extra features that could make these skirmishes extra fun.

Among these were the inclusion of Elite Dangerous-style flagships, some options for stealthy manoeuvring and the chance to have a heroic last stand while being boarded, instead of simply being blasted out of the sky and dying once your health hits zero.

Regardless of how many ships you're planning to scrap with in Starfield, make sure to follow us for lots of guides to its world and mechanics.

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