No one does deep, engrossing lore better than Bethesda, and it appears eagerly-anticipated Starfield is no exception to the rule. Bethesda recently updated its Starfield webpage revealing the game’s 280-year-long history, highlighting humanity’s journey through the stars and advancement in intergalactic exploration.
The in-game lore suggests that humanity’s greatest leap started in the year 2050 with the colonisation of Mars, and by the year 2100, Earth’s children transitioned to a space-faring nation. 56 years later sees humanity discovering faster-than-light travel and progress to exploring entirely new star systems, arriving in Alpha Centauri – approximately 4.37 light years away from Earth – and that’s only the beginning…
As the timeline progresses, colonies are founded, large cities are built, factions emerge, and conflicts arise, much like our own human history. I guess war never changes?
Additionally, the timeline details the history of key characters and prospective companions we’ll most likely come across in the main story. These events also take place during and after a great interstellar war between The Constellation and The Freestar Collective. I won’t spoil it any further, but the history ends where Starfield begins in 2330 A.D. Literal goosebumps.
If you’re like me and craving even more details, just last month one hardcore Bethesda fan created an incredibly detailed 1,000-page compendium detailing the game’s long journey through development.
Why, you may ask? Well, Reddit user Gokamo answers this question by stating that it was done partly as a refresher for himself and as a way to round up any and every form of speculation, leak and official information to gauge interest within the community before Starfield’s eventual release. It’s superbly done and serves as a nice comparison source to refer back to, seeing just how much speculation and rumours actually turned out to be true.
Starfield launches on September 6 for Xbox Series X|S and PC. That’s barely a month away, and I’m bursting at the seams with anticipation.