Starfield – What We Know Before Release

Starfield – What We Know Before Release

Starfield is an upcoming game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, the renowned creators of beloved franchises such as Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. The game is set in an original sci-fi universe, promising to deliver an immersive experience to players with its intricate world-building and unique gameplay mechanics. Featuring a vast open world, players will be able to explore different planets, engage in space combat, and encounter a variety of alien species. As a space explorer, players will embark on a thrilling journey to uncover the mysteries of the universe and discover ancient civilizations.

  • Release Date: 2023
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Mode: Single-player video game
  • Genres: Shooter Video Game, Action role-playing game, Action-adventure game
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows


The core Starfield story is very much a closely-guarded secret, although Bethesda has given out a few details. We know that Starfield takes place in 2330, 20 years after two of the largest factions in The Settled Systems – the United Colonies and Freestar Collective – engaged in a bloody Colony War for territorial control. You’ll assume the role of a member of Constellation, an organization of space explorers trying to navigate what remains of the aftermath – where you go, and who you choose to side with from there is up to you. 

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While the Starfield gameplay appears to be drawing heavily from other popular science-fiction games like Elite Dangerous and No Man’s Sky, at its heart it is still a Bethesda RPG. If you’ve played any of the studio’s Fallout or The Elder Scrolls games you’ll know what that means: wide open spaces and settlements to explore, progression systems that reward you for investing time in the elements of the game that you enjoy, and an overall structure that leverages choice and consequence. 

Starfield will also include gameplay elements that are new to Bethesda games, such as flying ships in outer space, as well as a more considered focus on resource management, crafting and base building, and real-time combat with firearms. Like Bethesda’s previous RPGs, you’ll be able to switch between a first- and third-person perspective at will. For a more detailed breakdown of how Starfield will play, you’ll want to read our comprehensive breakdown of the 10 Starfield gameplay features that prove it’ll be worth the wait. 


Starfield is set in an area that extends outward from the Solar System for approximately 50 light-years called The Settled Systems. Around the year 2310, the two largest factions in the game, the United Colonies and Freestar Collective, engaged in a conflict called the Colony War. The game takes place 20 years after the war, with the major factions enjoying an uneasy peace. The player assumes the role of a customizable character who is a member of Constellation, an organization of space explorers. The game can be played in either first- or third-person perspectives.

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While Starfield was teased at Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference – a mood piece, more than anything else – we had to wait until the Microsoft and Bethesda Games Showcase 2021 for the Starfield reveal trailer. In the two-minute teaser, we received first details on the story, the world, and a sense of what the new Creation Engine 2 could deliver. You can watch the Starfield reveal trailer above.

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