Player Calls the Game Horrible Mistaking NASA Mars Photos for Starfield Screenshots

Bethesda Game Studios, the creators of renowned titles like Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4, are gearing up for the release of their next massive project — the space-themed role-playing video game, Starfield.

Starfield Player mistook real Mars photos for Starfield screenshots. Image: Bethesda Game Studios

Set in space, the game, which marks the studio’s first new project in 25 years, will allow players to explore the surfaces of over 1000 planets. The project is set to be released on September 6, 2023, next week. Starfield has already stirred up significant excitement among gamers due to its incredible graphics and boundless opportunities within an open virtual universe.

Hence, players are expecting something astronomical from the game. Such heightened anticipation sometimes leads to funny situations. One particularly impatient fan from Portugal already criticized Starfield’s poor graphics. He found what he thought were quite blurry “screenshots” and commented on them in the game’s community, saying, “Let’s wait for the final gameplay, but for now, everything looks horrible.”

However, as it turned out, those were actual photos captured by the NASA Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars.

Horrible Graphics

This comical mix-up resulted in a flurry of internet mockery and jesting. Users on the Starfield were delighted by this confusion.

“That’s why we haven’t colonized Mars yet — the graphics are horrible there,” commented one of the online forum’s editors.

“God really needs to release a graphics update. Earth’s graphics are outdated, it’s literally billions of years old, and it still looks the same, just with a few add-ons,” another user wrote.

Real Photos

A quick Google search of the images shows that at least three out of the four pictures were taken by the Perseverance rover’s cameras between March and June 2023.

Since landing on the Martian surface in February 2021, the rover has been traversing the slopes of the Jezero Crater, which scientists believe is the dried-up bottom of an ancient lake. In its 898 days on Mars, the rover has collected 17 rock cores, taken over half a million photos, and even deployed a small helicopter named Ingenuity, which has completed 55 successful flights.

Previously, we reported how the Boeing Starliner delivered a character from the computer game Kerbal Space Program to the ISS.