Starfield Features Dangerous Space Pirates, Fanatical Zealots, And More In Its Expansive Universe

A new look at Bethesda's latest role-playing game gives context to its new universe, the Settled Systems.


Starfield isn't launching for another year, but Bethesda is slowly dip-feeding new information about the universe you'll be open to explore when its latest original title does arrive.

Starfield is first and foremost about exploration, which takes place in what is known as the Settled Systems. The game, which is set in the year 2330, will see you exploring a small new area of the Milky Way that Bethesda says is around 50 light years away from Earth. Exploring the unknown didn't come without its own issues, and Starfield will be set in the wake of a war between the United Colonies and Freestar Collection, called the Colony War.

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There's a shaky peace between the two factions when Starfield starts, but you'll have to navigate these two factions as well as space pirates loyal to the space-faring Crimson Fleet, fanatical religious zealots belonging to what is known as The House of Va'ruun, and more. These all fit within a mold that should be familiar if you've played other Bethesda titles, with The Elder Scrolls and Fallout each featuring factions and brotherhoods you could pledge allegiance to.

Although in Starfield, you do start as a member of one faction, called Constellation. This group is committed to uncovering the mysteries of this new solar system and the galaxies beyond, so it will be interesting to see how, or if, Starfield prioritizes this mission over the violent dangers around you.

Starfield is launching exclusively for PC and Xbox Series X|S on 11 November, 2022.

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