Bummed about the delay and can’t wait to play a space game? We’ve got you covered!
Although there’s still a considerable wait until the launch of Starfield next year, it feels like we’re finally on the home-stretch after many years of anticipation. Luckily for you though, we’ve got a solid list of games that you can play to scratch that sci-fi itch until 2023!
As a new recruit of the Outer Wilds Ventures space program, you’ll have to hop across planets and the space between them in your ship to unravel the mysteries that plague the eponymous Outer Wilds, a solar system stuck in a perpetual time loop. With a focus on exploration and survival, you’re bound to get lost in this BAFTA Games winner for a good while.
Want to get your hands dirty and build your own spaceship? Space Engineers might be the game for you! There’s plenty of freedom to flex your creativity: you’re able to create bases, vehicles, and ships to explore the various planets and moons. With a Survival mode, 16-player multiplayer, Scenarios, and a healthy Steam Workshop, Space Engineers has enough content to keep you going until 2023.
No Man’s Sky
An entire galaxy awaits you in No Man’s Sky, with an estimated 18 quintillion planets ready to be explored. Now with a wealth of major updates greatly expanding the game’s content, you’re free to find your place in the vast galaxy, whether you want to be a trader, an explorer, a space-pirate, or whatever else. The choice is yours, and so too can be the galaxy.
No Man's Sky
The Outer Worlds
Developed by Obsidian (the team that brought us a classic of the action-RPG genre, Fallout: New Vegas) The Outer Worlds is a sci-fi RPG that will have you exploring the Halcyon colony. On the furthest edge of the galaxy, you’ll be able to develop your character however you see fit, and determine the fate of the colony through your interactions with corporations and factions. However you choose to approach the story, The Outer Worlds will be a great stepping stone towards Starfield.
The Outer Worlds
Honorary Mention: Space Channel 5: Part 2
A very different game from the rest in the list, and with no exploration aspects, Space Channel 5: Part 2 is a fun jaunt to the past. Originally released on the Dreamcast and PS2 in 2002, Space Channel 5: Part 2 is an action-rhythm game where you control Ulala, the grooviest reporter in the galaxy. If you’ve blasted through the rest of the games on the list and need something a bit more lighthearted to keep you in a sci-fi state of mind until Starfield’s launch, Space Channel 5: Part 2 might hit the spot.
Space Channel 5: Part 2
Closing: That’s all for the games you can play while you wait for Starfield. If this list doesn’t convince you, perhaps try looking for more space games!