Starfield player follows ship underwater and finds truly bizarre scene

Aryan Singh
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Ships play a central role in Starfield and they can be spotted on planets or out in space. However, a player on Reddit recently came across a ship landing underwater which led to a strange discovery.

Despite being Bethesda’s first new IP in over two decades, Starfield shares many similarities with Fallout and Elder Scrolls titles. The game features the studio’s signature RPG elements including deep skill trees, branching dialogue paths, robust character customization, and much more.

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Given its sci-fi setting, Starfield also introduces some new features with the most prominent one being spaceships. These vessels are used to get around its massive open world and land on any of the game’s 1000 planets. Ships also house any companions players choose to bring along with them, and they can also be used to fight off enemies in space.

Ships serve as points of interest in the open world. Players can come across derelict ships in random star systems or even spot ships landing on the planet they’re on. These are planned encounters that help spruce up exploration, but a player on Reddit recently discovered a ship landing scenario that the devs might’ve overlooked.

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It emerged through a post by user ‘HEARTSOFSPACE,’ which featured a clip of a ship landing underwater. Driven by curiosity, the user typed in a console command to go underwater and check out what was going on.

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Unsurprisingly, the whole encounter was pretty much a bug, as the NPCs inside the ship could barely move and were stuck in an endless loop of the swimming animation. Their AI didn’t even react to the player’s presence and remained stone-faced throughout the clip.

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Ships landing underwater is extremely rare in Starfield and it’s a mistake in every scenario as the game doesn’t even let players swim underwater. Players in the comments section also felt that the encounter was a bug with one user saying, “The most Bethesda clip on this entire subreddit.”

Another user called for general improvements to underwater exploration, “I wish they would add underwater exploration like Fallout 4. Better yet, the ability to build underwater outposts where you can farm some type of kelp or seaweed that has medicinal properties like Kolto in SWTOR.”

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It’ll be interesting to see if Bethesda add the ability to go underwater in future updates. Prior games by the studio, like Fallout 4 and Skyrim, had plenty of things to find below surface level, and fans will be hoping to see the same in Starfield.

For more on the game, check out our picks for the best weapons and best ships in Starfield.

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About The Author

Aryan is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel who specializes in EA Sports FC and single-player titles. He gathered experience in various fields of journalism before joining CharlieIntel in August 2023. When he isn't busy with another playthrough of Fallout: New Vegas, Aryan can be found stressing over football. You can contact him at [email protected].