A new trailer for Starfield has revealed some of the main players that we’ll interact with on our journey through Bethesda’s galaxy, including two factions once engaged in a bloody war that sounds a little like Skyrim’s civil war conflict.
The trailer is filled with not just information on the universe of Starfield and its key factions, but also concept art of its alien worlds and characters. You can see a little of that in the tweet from @klobrille below.
In a quick video, Bethesda Game Studios reveals new details on the general plot of Starfield and shares some additional concept art.
Starfield arrives exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC on 11.11.22
This is going to be epic, isn’t it?
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— Klobrille (@klobrille) October 20, 2021
In Starfield, your character will be a new member of the Constellation, a faction with the aim of uncovering the mysteries of the galaxy. The area of space that we’ll be exploring is known as The Settled Systems, and starts with our own solar system and expands outwards by around 50 light years into the Milky Way.
The main story of Starfield will take place in 2330, but a key part of its lore appears to be the Colony War, a bitter conflict waged 20 years prior between two key factions: the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective. Apparently the major factions currently enjoy an uneasy peace, but it seems likely your interference in their affairs could shake those loose foundations. Could the UC and Freestar Collective be Starfield’s answer to the Stormcloaks and the Imperial Legion from Skyrim? It seems possible.
Between those big players seem a number of other factions. The trailer namechecks the Ecliptic Mercenaries, the pirates of the Crimson Fleet, and a religious cult known as House Var’ruun. All sound as if they could be the starting point for some fascinating faction gameplay, so hopefully we can play them all off against each other.
For more, here’s everything we know about Starfield so far, three new locations we’ve seen, and how it is ‘Skyrim in space’. Starfield is set to release on PC and Xbox Series X/S on November 11, 2022.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.