Starfield Wiki

"Discover Starfield, the new space epic by Bethesda Game Studios. Starfield is the first new franchise in twenty-five years from the acclaimed developers of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series." ― Description

Starfield[1] is a single-player science fiction role-playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game was first announced during Bethesda's E3 Press Conference in 2018.[2] Starfield was released on September 6, 2023 for Xbox Series X/S and PC, with an early access period beginning on September 1, 2023 for purchasers of certain game editions. It is also available through Xbox Cloud Gaming for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.[3]


It is the year 2330. Humanity has left Earth behind and spread among the stars, colonizing a small pocket of the galaxy known as the Settled Systems. However, the pioneering spirit that drove the initial diaspora has long since faded and exploration efforts beyond known space have dwindled. When the player stumbles across an alien artifact and experiences a vision, they cross paths with Constellation, the last group of space explorers, who are endeavoring to solve the greatest mystery of all: what is out there? This sends the player on a quest across the Settled Systems to discover the nature of the artifacts, but draws the attention of a secretive group bent on covering up the artifacts' existence and eliminating those curious about them.


Bethesda Game Studios considered various pitches for "the space game" while they were working on installments in the The Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises in the 1990s and 2000s.[4] Starfield was originally trademarked on September 13, 2013.[5] Pre-production for the game began sometime between 2012 and 2013, and active development began following the launch of Fallout 4 in November 2015.[6] The game was first revealed to the public at Bethesda's E3 presentation in June 2018, where the first teaser was shown alongside a teaser for The Elder Scrolls VI. Todd Howard confirmed that Starfield was in a playable state, and summarized the progress of development up to that point: "We've [Bethesda Game Studios] been talking about it for a decade, we started putting things on paper five, six years ago, and active development was from when we finished Fallout 4, so two and a half, three years."[7]

Bethesda maintains its own internal wiki for Starfield, to which all of their employees have access. These include histories, backstories, and starship architecture.[8]

In September 2020, Microsoft announced its acquisition of the parent company of Bethesda Game Studios, Zenimax, for $7.5 billion. This was the second most expensive video game company acquisition at the time, second only to Tencent's buyout of Supercell in 2016 for $8.6 billion.[9] On March 8, 2021, the acquisition was approved in the EU.[10] Microsoft's Xbox division head, Phil Spencer, explained in June 2023 that one of the leading reasons behind the acquisition of Zenimax was to prevent Starfield from releasing exclusively on the rival PlayStation console. Before the acquisition, PlayStation parent company Sony had recently secured exclusivity agreements for Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, products of Bethesda Softworks studios Arkane Lyon and Tango Gameworks, respectively, and Spencer was concerned that Sony would ink a similar deal for Bethesda Game Studios' Starfield. Losing access to Starfield was considered an unacceptable outcome for the Xbox brand that would further reduce its standing in the console market, and it was decided that purchasing Zenimax was a necessary move to remain competitive.[11]

On February 23, 2021, Bethesda Game Studios announced a charity auction for Make-a-Wish foundation where the prize was the opportunity to design a character for the game. The auction was won by an unknown bidder for $15.4k.[12]

Starfield was originally scheduled for release on November 11, 2022, which was revealed in an official teaser trailer presented at E3 2021.[13] However, Bethesda Softworks subsequently decided to delay the game to allow for more development time, and announced on May 12, 2022 that the launch had been pushed into the first half of 2023.[14] On March 8, 2023, the game's new release date of September 6, 2023 was announced.[15] An in-depth "deep dive" preview of Starfield was presented as part of Xbox's showcase on June 11, 2023, at which time the game was made available for pre-order and an official Starfield-themed Xbox controller and wireless headset went on sale.[16] The game officially went "gold" on August 16, 2023, and it became available for preloading the following day.[17]


Major features in Starfield include:[18]


Standard Edition Premium Edition (digital) Premium Edition Upgrade (digital) Premium Edition Upgrade (physical) Constellation Edition
Starfield game
Constellation Skin Pack
Starfield Digital Artbook & Original Soundtrack
Shattered Space story expansion
5-day early access
Constellation Patch
Steelbook case
Credit Stick with Laser-Etched Game Code
Starfield Chronomark Watch & Case


System Requirements[]


  • OS: Windows 10 version 22H2 (10.0.19045)
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Intel Core i7-6800K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5700, NVIDIA GeForce 1070 Ti
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 125 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD Required


  • OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel i5-10600K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 125 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD Required


Reviewer Score
CGMagazine 9.5/10[19]
Destructoid 10/10[20]
Eurogamer 3/5[21]
Game Informer 8.5/10[22]
Gamespot 7/10[23]
Gamesradar 5/5[24]
IGN 7/10[25]
IGN Japan 10/10[26]
Metro 6/10[27]
PC Gamer 75%[28]
PCGamesN 70/100[29]
PC World 5/5[30]
Tom's Guide 4/5[31]
VG247 4/5[32]
VGC 5/5[33]
Washington Post 4/4[34]
WCCFTech 9/10[35]

The Xbox version of Starfield holds a "generally favorable" aggregate review score of 83 on Metacritic based on 90 critic reviews, and the PC version holds a "generally favorable" aggregate review score of 85 based on 80 critic reviews.[36] On Steam, the game has a "mixed" rating.[37]

Individual critic reviews have been mixed. For example, Steven Mills of Destructoid praised Starfield, saying "I wasn't sure if it could be done, but Bethesda has managed to raise the bar for sandbox games even higher. In the end, Starfield is an epic sandbox open-world RPG with a beautifully immersive universe, a captivating story, and fun and compelling gameplay the whole way."[20] In contrast, Dan Stapleton of IGN was critical of the game's pacing and design: "It's never a great sign when someone recommends a game on the grounds that it gets good after more than a dozen hours, but that's very much the kind of game Starfield is, and I do recommend it. There are a lot of forces working against it, and the combination of disjointed space travel, nonexistent maps, aggravating inventory management, and a slow rollout of essential abilities very nearly did it in."[25]

Bethesda stated that as of December 20, 2023, Starfield had garnered approximately 13 million unique players, which included both purchases and Gamepass downloads.[38] Despite this, the game lost 97% of its playerbase by early 2024,[39] and had as low as 2,550 concurrent players worldwide on Steam by April 2024.[40]





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  2., The Future of Bethesda Game Studios, 10 June 2018
  3., Coming to Xbox Game Pass: Starfield, Solar Ash, and Lies of P, 5 September 2023
  4. Bethesda Softworks via YouTube, Starfield Direct – Gameplay Deep Dive, uploaded 11 June 2023
  5. IPowner, registered on August 8, 2023
  6. Keza MacDonald for The Guardian, The Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield and the future of video game giant Bethesda, 18 July 2018
  7. Wes Fenlon for PC Gamer, Bethesda's Starfield 'is playable,' Elder Scrolls 6 is in 'pre-production' says Todd Howard, 11 June 2018
  8. Harold Goldberg for Washington Post, ‘Starfield’: Todd Howard discusses Bethesda’s new space-based RPG, 13 June 2021
  9. Wikipedia, List of most expensive video game acquisitions
  10. Tom Warren for Verge, Microsoft Bethesda Acquisition EU Approval Deal, 3 March 2021
  11. Tom Warren for Verge, Microsoft acquired Bethesda after hearing Starfield would be exclusive to PlayStation, 23 June 2023
  12. Bidpal - Evening of Wishes 2021, first known date to be on the site: 13 June 2022
  13. Bethesda via YouTube, Starfield: Official Teaser Trailer, uploaded June 13, 2021
  14. @Bethesda, via Twitter, An update on Redfall and Starfield, posted on May 12, 2022
  15. Bethesda for Bethesda, Starfield Official Launch Date, 08/03/2023
  16. Bethesda Softworks via YouTube, Starfield Direct – Gameplay Deep Dive, uploaded 11 June 2023
  17. @Bethesda, via Twitter, Starfield has gone gold!, posted on August 16, 2023
  18. Bethesda via YouTube, Starfield: Official Gameplay Reveal, uploaded June 12, 2022
  20. 20.0 20.1
  22. Game Informer, Starfield Review, 31 August 2023
  25. 25.0 25.1 Dan Stapleton | IGN{{{site}}}, Starfield Review, UPDATED: AUG 31, 2023 5:37 PM POSTED: AUG 31, 2023 5:00 PM
  28. Christopher Livingston | PC Gamer{{{site}}}, Starfield Review, 01/09/2023
  30. Benjamin Kratsch | PC World{{{site}}}, Starfield Review, 06/09/2023