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Starfield is almost here! We can't wait to join Constellation and explore the stars on 1 September and we're even more excited about the potential for mods the game has. Sim Settlements in Space? Yes, please. A whole new perk overhaul? Don't mind if we do. A mod that turns all planets into sandwiches? Sure! Today we're going to talk about the Starfield Community Patch Project which serves to collect and fix any bugs in the base game. 

The idea of a community patch for Starfield isn't new and has been something that we know a lot of you have been very passionate about from the moment the game was first announced. This project draws parallels to similar successful efforts for Fallout 4, Skyrim SE,  Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, and more.

The Starfield Community Patch Project was set up in December 2021 but had been put on ice when the game got delayed. We're now approaching release so things are starting to ramp up again. 


What is the Community Patch?

The Starfield Community Patch (SFCP) project is a collective effort by mod authors and the wider player community of Starfield to fix bugs, errors and other inconsistencies present in the game. This includes tweaks, typos and other changes that may have been missed (or not yet released) by the developers. The overall goal is to improve the vanilla experience for all players.

Fixes included in the patch are intended to correct bugs or errors in the base game, examples include:
  • Misplaced objects
  • Script errors
  • Inconsistencies in item properties
  • Faulty missions/quests
  • Game-breaking exploits
  • Missing attributes (such as tags, header flags, etc.)
  • Spelling/localisation errors

The patch is not intended to include any of the following:

  • New content (new quests, missions, characters, items, etc.)
  • Balance changes (outside of correcting obvious errors)
  • Any tweaks that are not in keeping with the original vision for the game




Who is running the patch and how is the team structured?

The hope with the Starfield Community Patch is that it will be owned by the community rather than one or two individuals. This means that while there may be caretakers who act as the decision-makers, these roles are fluid and the project may change hands depending on which members of the community are willing to step up and help coordinate the effort. 

To get the ball rolling, there are 4 members of the "Core Team" - two development-focused users and two experienced modders - who you may recognise from the community if you've played any of the Elder Scrolls or Fallout games. 

  • SimonMagus - I lead the team behind the "Simonrim" collection of mods for Skyrim SE - including Mysticism, Apothecary, and Blade & Blunt. My dream for the Starfield Community Patch is that it serves as a strong foundation for a long-lived and healthy modding community for Starfield. I'm excited to be part of an open and collaborative effort to make that dream a reality. 
  • Halgari - I am the creator of Wabbajack and the head of the Nexus Mods desktop development team. I'm hoping to further the use of open-source, and open-contribution organizations to Starfield modding. It's not often that we get the chance to rethink how modding should be organized for a community project, and I'm excited to see how we can improve the traditionally closed modding processes.
  • Noggog - I am the creator of Mutagen and Synthesis. I have worked on tooling for Bethesda mods for over a decade, including past projects such as Skyproc and Automatic Variants. Most recently I have created Spriggit to empower the Community Patch's collaborative development using modern open-source patterns.
  • Pickysaurus (Me!) - While I may not be the most recognisable modder, I have a good amount of experience working with Bethesda games. My previous experience comes primarily from dealing with the "back end" of Legacy of the Dragonborn by Icecreamassassin. This involved a lot of complex scripting and careful management of game data for items, spells, quests and more. I am also able to leverage my position as a Community Manager to bring any resources in from Nexus Mods and can support the patch as part of my day-to-day duties.

As the main contributors to the project, they are responsible for gathering and vetting issues reported by the community and compiling the resulting fixes into the release build of the patch. 




Spriggit, what's that?

Spriggit is a new tool that is currently being developed by Noggog that will enable compiling plugins for Creation Engine games to and from plain text. The aim is to make it far easier to collaborate and make changes more transparent when viewing the history of a mod in a Git format. Here's a brief demonstration of how the application works:



The SFCP team will be working closely with toolmakers and reverse engineers in the community to understand the new file formats of Starfield and make Spriggit compatible with them so that all modders will have the option to use this workflow. 

The resulting patch will be released in the standard ESM format, Spriggit is a tool to streamline development and collaboration. 




Is this from the same team that made the Unofficial Patches for Skyrim and Fallout 4?

That's a bit of a complicated question, but the shortest answer is "No". When setting up this project the Unofficial Patch team were consulted and invited to contribute but there have been no confirmed plans for them to be involved. The Unofficial Patch team deserve the utmost respect for the work they've put into the Elder Scrolls and Fallout patches over the years and they would absolutely be welcome to be a part of the Starfield Community Patch project. 




Where can I download the patch?

Right now, there's no content as the game isn't out yet. Once there is at least one fix available the patch will be available to download for free from the Nexus Mods page or GitHub. (The Nexus Mods page will be made available once there is something to download).

The patch is also going to be available on Bethesda.net for both PC and Xbox Series X/S once the platform is launched by Bethesda. There's no official word on when that will go live yet other than Pete Hines saying it will be after the launch of the game. 

With the patch being open source it will also likely be possible to download from other places, but please be cautious when downloading from any source not listed as official on the SFCP website



What permissions/licences does it use? 

The Starfield Community Patch uses an MIT License, which simply means anyone can do whatever they want with the content of the mod. Deciding on this approach was a bigger decision than it may seem, but ultimately being fully open was deemed the best as a "copyleft" licence would force modders who use the patch as a master to also use an open source licence. The team felt that mod authors should not be restricted on how they license their own content and respect that other modders have perfectly valid reasons for wanting more control over their content. 

The other main concern was keeping the project free. After much discussion, the team concluded that if a bad actor was going to take the entire project and paywall it then they probably wouldn't care about a posted licence anyway. By keeping the project in the hands of the community we hope that goodwill can endure and the patch remains more complete than any paywalled or closed-permission alternatives. 




How can I get involved?

The membership to the Community Patch is fairly loosely defined and anyone can contribute as much or as little as they like. Discussion for the patch takes place in the Starfield Modding Discord, and the official website allows users to view and submit issues using their Nexus Mods account. 

Along with issue reports, we're also hoping members of the community who have created fixes will submit their work for inclusion in the patch. Everyone who contributes to the project will be shown on the contributors page of the website. 

Each submission will be reviewed by the core team and discussed with the community to decide on the best approach to fix the issue. If there's a fix added to the patch that you don't like, you can always fork off the project and build your own version thanks to the open-source licence of the patch content. 

This project would not be possible without you - the modding community - reporting any issues you find in Starfield or submitting fixes you come across. Together we can make Starfield better for everyone!

Special shout out to 2077v2 for the Starfield-themed separators used in this article!

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  1. 78Nadarr
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    Hi,

    please check if you can fix the New Atlantis floor bug at the landig pad. 
  2. requiamer123
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    Could you guys fix the desynch between audio and video during conversations if your game run on a hdd?
    It's pretty crazy that they force people in installing their game on a ssd because they are unable to synch their audio properly.
    1. hipc89
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      Gotta be honest, an hdd is just not gonna cut it anymore :(
      If anything, you could try turning down graphical settings even more - I think I saw a super low potato texture pack or something - to reduce the amount of data that has to be streamed from the hdd
    2. GreyCell1988
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      people still use HDD for games... :O
    3. xarxsos
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      Besides the fact that now I'm curious to know about the other hardware in your pc build, but have you read that Bethesda explicitly says "Additional Notes: SSD Required"? Maybe it's just time for you to move on with the tech
    4. ff7legend
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      HDDs are literal dinosaurs & their days are numbered.  In the System Requirements for Starfield, it specifically states an SSD is required.  SSDs are dirt cheap these days & can be had for less than a couple hundred bucks.  I've seen 2TB SSDs at my local Best Buy retailer for as little as $120.00.  This is for a Samsung EVO Plus which is an excellent SSD.  Time to get with the times & upgrade to an SSD for the best possible gaming experience.  Storage devices can easily be cloned onto an SSD without having to reinstall the apps/games present on an old HDD using software like EZ Gig which can be had for around $20.00.  Comes with the installation media alongside the required USB adapter to perform the cloning procedure.  I've cloned entire drives in as little as half an hour.
  3. kjx57
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    My Starfield has worked pretty flawlessly, only a cpl glitches in the 2 weeks I've been playing,,,, until the update on 10-9.   Now Starfield won't launch,  I've tried verifying files, uninstall/reinstall,  sent in my msinfo and DXdiags to Bethesda, not using antivirus, exceptions loaded in windows.  I've played over 90 hours prev to update with no issues. weird problem.  We'll see what Bethesda has to say.
  4. Adipose
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    As I do with most Bethesda creations, I'll most likely not purchase or download Starfield until sufficient time has lapsed for extensions and bug fixes to be added.  Apologies if this isn't the proper place for such a comment.  If I don't live long enough for the game to become available, then, somehow, I don't think it's gonna matter.
    1. AndreChau
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      Unfortunately, the sinful are made to play Starfield. The vanilla version. Forever.
    2. AugustaCalidia
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      After 40 hours of gameplay, I have found vanilla Starfield to be a most enjoyable gaming experience.  Performance, graphics, and story have been excellent.  In regard to game graphics especially, I am impressed with the immense detail rendered and with its crispness and clarity, all while achieving very playable frame rates.  As for bugs, I have found only one so far - a desk floating in mid-air several meters out from a science outpost.  As for crashes, I have had only two and both autosave related.

      Given my experience so far, I see no need to wait for the modding community to save the vanilla game.  For me it does not need saving.  Rather, it is now full steam (no pun intended) ahead with vanilla Starfield!  When I have completed my first playthrough, then I will return to play a modded game.

      Vanilla Starfield is not Hell.  It is not even Purgatory.  For me, it is a little bit of Heaven.

      Full Disclosure
      I have an excellent gaming rig.  This probably helps.
    3. skannerz22
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      it's a nightmare there is lag/freezing everywhere
    4. xrayy
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      the user experiences and expectations reported from players (who played this game already 100+ hours) seem to be extremely unequal and diverse. this time it is also but lesser about bugs and  more about what was anounced and expected for an aaa 2023 next gen 70$ game and what was actually released compared with other rpg like 2018 rdr2 or 2022 HorizonFW for playstation. at least i expected more than a (only) partly renovated skyrim/fo4 mix not even on par (NPC AI, water...) in all details and explorable open world size with these games.
      i tend to believe the critical reviews more even if they show evidence for their problems with the game. i wish all others with much lower expectations (!?) an enjoyable experience over a long period of time even if i doubt that with some problems and shortcomings - seen and documented in detail - in mind. my experience is that it is never a failure to wait at least month or even years. fallout 4 and 76 are perfect examples. fo4 is in the meantime one of my favorite games and fo76 was never worth a decision. diablo4 is a good example to be cautious with trusting too much official reviews...  my 8 year old fo4 surprisingly shines more and more with its incredibly diverse features, open world and moddable beauty since i realize what was released on sept the 6th in 2023.
    5. spartanair1
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      It's far and away the most stable Bethesda title at launch to date.  Every bug I've run into has been either visual or the standard old stuff like people randomly standing on chairs.  I haven't played one quest that had an issue yet.  There have been a few times I thought a quest was bugged but it was just a stupid hidden item or button I had to push.  Still a problem, but not a bug.  It does chug is super intense battles occasionally.  Mostly in runs fine using Digital Foundry's recommend gfx settings.  The two mods that are necessary for me are SGS' LUTs because whoever decided the ridiculously boosted blacks were a good idea needs to be fired, and StarUI to make inventory control tolerable.  Also Intensefield for me to take the sponge out but that's personal preference.
      Anyway, can't say I'm loving it but I'm very much enjoying myself and after idk 60 hours still can't wait for my next chance to play.
    6. StackEmHigh
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      I concur.
    7. TheRealDodson
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      I haven't personally experienced anything, "game breaking" but my GF has been having an awful time. I've had to fix/ complete 3 quests (with commands) so far because they completely broken, TONs of graphical issues I've had to remedy with mods and the fact that her game crashes quite frequently where I've only crashed due to mod incompatibility and 2 soft locks not mod related. Both of us have around 50h. We absolutely love the game but to say it isn't the same tired old formula on the same old out of date and broken engine we have been dealing with for OVER 20 YEARS is just lying to yourself TBF. YOU, as a pay customer, long time supporter and fan of these games, deserve better. The game is "good" because the formula works, not because they poured their heart, soul and pocket books into a solid product.
  5. Graelock
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    Don't get me wrong, I'm totally glad it's coming, but isn't the point of community patches to address the issues the game developer never got around to fixing? We still haven't even had our second official patch update and Bethesda are going to be supporting this title to the likes of something like No Man's Sky, for many years. I think this puts unofficial patches in a weird territory where too many toes are being stepped on lol

    In fact Bethesda are already addressing much of what mods have so far addressed.
    1. LegitMelonhead
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      "Bethesda will be supporting this title"
      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHBHHEHWEHJKSSDFLJKFNL
      Dude, the unofficial patches for skyrim and FO4 fixed hundreds of bugs that Bethesda never once gave a second look at. DOZENS of CTD scenarios, borked dialogue options, clipped items, soft lock fixes - name the small, annoying bug, and 99% that (a) Bethsoft gave zero s**ts, (b) the unofficial patch fixed it.
      Bethesda "support" means Bethesda doing everything it can to get more dollars from you and nothing else. They've been remaking skyrim for >10 years now - it STILL has bugs that were identified on day 1 of the original release and take 10 minutes to fix.

      tl;dr
      Lurk more.
    2. CoalTrain22
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      Why do you play these games if they are so s#*! according to you and they just wanna steal your money?
    3. Therealdurio
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      That's the dumbest fucking argument ever. The games are enjoyable. That doesn't mean they don't have glaring issues.
    4. landsharkkidd
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      Just because something gets support from the devs doesn't mean no one can make a community/unofficial patch. The Sims 4 community has tonnes of modders who create bug fixes for the game even though it's getting support. These mods are there to hold people over until Bethesda fixes them or even if they do.
    5. livipup
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      Why wait for Bethesda to fix it?
  6. jliefeld
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    Does the patch fix the bug that prevents vlad from giving you the location of the rest of the artifacts?
    I have Revelation completed, all of the artifacts... but it says there are 6 missing temples, and there are 4 missing power slots, and vlad is giving me 0 Power from Beyond missions to find them.

    In short, if you exclude that (according to reddit) one of the powers is locked behind Barret's quest, I am still missing 3 powers.

    This is my first playthrough by the way.
  7. lefttounge
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    Question:
    Is making a mod patch to make Starfield have seamless planet traversal and ship start up even possible? 
    1. Tythemis
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      I sure hope so, NMS sky style planet and space traversal would be awesome.  I'd also love to have ship battles in atmosphere.
    2. Coded123
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      No. It'd still require loading screens as each piece of wherever you land on a planet is procedural and the Creation Engine is simply too old and, honestly, pathetic by todays standards to be able to have seamless procedural generation of that scale.
  8. Sillydude2023
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    are we expected to see "UOSP" patch soon or?

    I'm assuming it might stand that it would be kind of pointless to get on the go,
    with Bethesda doing their own patching work right now.

    maybe when all their patching calms down we will see the 'patch gang' get in gear. 
  9. DaelusTertian
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    Look, I'm not trying to be a hater, but I'm pretty glad Arthmoor isn't involved. 
    Perhaps we can have an unoficial patch that really focuses on fixing the game without arbitrary changes this time.
    1. jebacdisa69
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      and without forcing people to play on specific game versions
  10. carvell86
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    As a Skyrim VR Player I am excited about this.