A brand new Starfield update is headed for Steam beta subsequent week, with a deal with quality-of-life enhancements and bug fixes: The scanner is getting an improve, mission monitoring is being improved, and you will lastly be capable to smile in your pictures.

Detailed patch notes will not be revealed till subsequent week, however Bethesda hit the highlights in a sequence of tweets. The update will change the scanner so you possibly can proceed to make use of it when you’re harvesting sources or opening doorways, and setting a course on an inactive mission within the mission tracker will routinely make it energetic.

Sensible enhancements are nice, however my favourite of the bunch is a completely beauty change: Expressions are coming to picture mode.

“Now you may make your character and your companions match the temper of your shot,” Bethesda tweeted. “And Vasco is getting some new poses, too.”

It is a temper, alright:

See extra

A bug that was inflicting David Barron to go lacking within the Sabotage mission may also be corrected, as will one which brought on gamers’ heads to show left whereas sprinting, and one other that was protecting Starborn Temples from showing correctly.

There apparently will not be any new content material on this update, however Bethesda mentioned it is on the brink of begin including extra later this yr. The studio mentioned on the finish of 2023 that main adjustments to Starfield have been coming in 2024, together with “survival mechanics” and “all-new methods of travellng,” with updates anticipated to roll out roughly each six weeks, starting in February. Thus far, although, the main focus has been nearly solely on the technical facet of issues, like bug fixes, gameplay tweaks, and help for FSR3 upscaling, which went stay final week.

That is all good—Starfield may definitely use the work—however what followers are actually hungry for is extra stuff to really do, and to this point that hasn’t occurred. It has been six months for the reason that launch of Starfield, which is not an enormous period of time, however solely 9 months separated the discharge of Skyrim and its first enlargement, Dawnguard—and up to now, Starfield actually would not appear to have the endurance of Skyrim. Official modding instruments would seemingly go a great way towards filling that individual gap, however whereas that is been promised for 2024, a launch date has not but been introduced.

The following Starfield update is about to go stay in Steam beta on March 6.