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News video games 01 October 2023, 22:37

author: Kamil Kleszyk

Starfield Players Expose Rain Trick; Devs Respond With Irony

Starfield helped players discover the secrets of rendering rain in video games. Reveal of the „big secret” became a source of jokes for the developers.

Source: Bethesda Softworks

It's no secret that in the world of gamedev, developers often use all sorts of tricks designed to optimize game performance without compromising the experience. Starfield is no exception to this rule.

Recently, a discussion heated up on Reddit after one player discovered using photo mode that in Bethesda's work it rains only in the character's immediate surroundings. The great enthusiasm accompanying the observation was quickly extinguished by the game's developers, who explained that this procedure, which looks like it was taken straight out of a children's cartoon, is nothing new in the industry.

Thomas Francis, chief visual effects artist at Red Hook Studios, in an interview with editors of Polygon revealed that rain in video games is usually attributed to the camera. This technique is used to improve optimization, as generating rain particles, snow, leaves or blades of grass throughout the game space would be too resource-intensive.

The discovery of this obvious technique has also become the subject of many humorous comments from game developers.

David Szymanski, creator of, among others, Iron Lung, wrote:

Starfield Players Expose Rain Trick; Devs Respond With Irony - picture #1
Source: X/Twitter, @DUSKdev.

In turn, Collin MacGregor, world designer at Bungie, ".revealed" that moving the elevator and other gameplay elements are often cleverly hidden loading screens.

The aforementioned Thomas Francis also added his two cents, claiming, that players wouldn't have known the developers' "secret" if Bethesda had tied the rain to the camera rather than the player character. And if you still haven't got enough of these sensational revelations, in another post the developer revealed that Super Mario Bros. uses the same graphics for clouds and bushes.

Recall that other tricks of the developers have also been "discovered" in recent months. Some time ago, social media was abuzz about deceptive loading bars.

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Kamil Kleszyk

Kamil Kleszyk

An introvert by nature. Since childhood, he felt a closer connection to humanism than to the sciences. Instead of exercises in maths, he preferred shutting himself up in his world and inventing new stories of his favorite anime – Dragon Ball. After years of study came a time of stagnation, which he preferred to call "searching for purpose." Looking out for destiny during the 58th screening of his beloved Die Hard, he decided – like John McCLane – to fight for a better future. He found the avenue to do this in Gamepressure. Since he's still a freshman in the newsroom, he doesn't have a target subject he wants to focus on yet. So, you can expect news about farming simulators, or the impact of Johnny Depp's trial on the future of Pirates of the Caribbean. If you ever hear that playing console games and watching movies is futile – remember this story


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