The sci-fi game takes place in the year 2330, “in a relatively small pocket of the Milky Way, in an area that extends outward from our solar system for approximately 50 light years”, says Emil Pagliarulo, design director for Bethesda Game Studios.
20 years before the start of the game, the two largest factions in the Settled Systems, the United Colonies and Freestar Collective, fought the bloody Colony War.
While the factions enjoy an uneasy peace when the game begins, Starfield’s world is still fraught with dangers including mercenaries, space pirates and fanatical religious zealots.
Players take on the role of a new recruit at an organisation called Constellation, which is on a mission to uncover the mysteries of the galaxy.
The next big RPG from the creators of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series was announced in June 2018 with a teaser trailer.
“In this next generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom,” Bethesda said. “Harnessing the power of next-gen technology and built on the all-new Creation Engine 2, Starfield takes you on a journey through space as you strive to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.”