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Starfield is arguably one of the most anticipated sci-fi RPGs of the year, and Bethesda is well aware of that.
Therefore, to keep the hype train chugging toward the station ahead of September’s release, the company has launched a timeline on the official Starfield website presenting the game’s backstory dating back 300 years before players embark on intergalactic explorations.
Dubbed “The Story so Far,” the timeline begins when humans arrive on Mars in 2050 and details until 2328 when the StarStation L-868 station changes its name to “The Eye,” which we believe will be a point of interest in Starfield. For comparison, our gameplay takes place in 2330.
Breaking Down The Lore In Starfield
Players should pay attention to three essential lore points in this timeline. In 2159, The United Colonies were established. In 2188, Coe invited Volii to join Cheyenne in a new alliance called The Freestar Collective, which was officially formed in 2189.
And in 2196, the United Colonies and The Freestar Collective engaged in hostilities, marking the beginning of the so-called Narion Wars.
These three milestones are important because the plot setting of Starfield takes place in a region known as the Settled System, a term that came about after the Treaty of Narion was signed by both organizations, putting an end to the conflict.
Although the organizations are still under a peace treaty, they are uneasy with each other. We start our journey in the Settled System region as a worker for a mining company.
We encounter an Artifact, a mysterious construct that kickstarts our character’s plot and exploration across the 1000+ planets scattered throughout Starfield.
It’s All In The Detail
According to director Todd Howard, Starfield is “It’s like Skyrim in space.” This comparison extends from being able to choose the first or third-person camera perspective to a sense of freedom in gameplay.
It’s kind of like Skyrim in terms of the structure of the game, where you’re going to be who you want to be, and then there’s different factions that you can join, and really carve your own path.”
Among these factions are the two mentioned earlier, The United Colonies and Freestar Collective. Considering their relevance in the game’s backstory, we imagine that the impact of our faction choice will significantly alter the narrative’s course, prompting numerous branching paths and extensive replayability.
Starfield is one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2023. Baldur’s Gate 3 came out strong, showing that there’s still room for more traditional RPGs and that players yearn to see their decisions matter. We fully believe Starfield has the potential to do the same.
Players can embark on space travels when Starfield hits Game Pass on September 6, 2023, for Xbox Series X/S and PC. Those who purchase the Premium Edition will have five days of early access and can start their adventures on September 1, 2023.
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