Delving into the vast expanse of space, Starfield presents a universe filled with intriguing factions that players can join and interact with. All Starfield factions bring their own unique goals, missions, and perspectives, adding depth and complexity to the game’s immersive world.
While the release of Starfield is eagerly awaited, Bethesda has already revealed several factions, shedding light on their roles and dynamics within the game. From renowned explorers to space pirates and powerful megacorporations, the factions of Starfield offer players a range of intriguing choices and allegiances to explore.
These are the Starfield factions revealed so far:
- United Colonies
- Freestar Collective
- Crimson Fleet
- XenoFresh Corporation
- Ryujin Industries
- Ecliptic Mercenaries
- House Va’ruun
A brief overview of all of the major Starfield factions
Constellation is a mysterious group of explorers that most people in the game world are unaware of. They serve as the main faction in Starfield, and players initially meet and ally with them. Their primary focus is on exploring the galaxy and uncovering ancient artifacts of alien origin. The player’s journey with Constellation begins when they stumble upon an artifact, triggering a significant chain of events.
The Crimson Fleet represents space pirates within Starfield. Players have the option to join them either as actual pirates or as undercover spies. Regarded as the ‘bad guys’ by other factions, the Crimson Fleet’s actions and influence throughout the galaxy cause concern among various groups.
The Freestar Collective, also known as the Freestar Rangers, embodies a ‘space western fantasy’ in Starfield. They are a frontier community that fought for independence from the larger United Colonies in the past. The Freestar Collective focuses on maintaining law and order in the untamed regions, acting as peacekeepers and protectors of the people.
Ryujin Industries is a massive megacorporation that represents corporate life in Starfield. The faction requires players to undergo a unique questline that serves as sort of a job interview. Joining Ryujin Industries grants access to their resources and opportunities within the corporate world.
The United Colonies symbolize a powerful republic within Starfield’s universe. As a massive political and military force, they control New Atlantis, one of the largest cities in the game. The United Colonies had a past conflict with the Freestar Collective, but the two factions now maintain an uneasy peace. Players can join the Vanguard, the military wing of the United Colonies, and serving in it can lead to citizenship within the faction.
Smaller factions in Starfield
In addition to these major factions, there are several smaller groups and organizations players can encounter in Starfield:
- Argos Extractors: The player’s starting group, likely a mining company, represented by the AE logo in the character creation menus.
- Ecliptic Mercenaries: A mercenary organization that offers its services to the highest bidder.
- Enlightened: A religious organization opposing Sanctum Universum.
- House Va’ruun: A dangerous group of fanatical religious zealots with a focus on grav jumping and related abilities.
- Sanctum Universum: A religious organization opposing the Enlightened.
- Spacers: Spacefaring raiders that pose a threat to the safety of various systems.
While players have the opportunity to join all the major factions simultaneously, the consequences of doing so and the impact on the game’s narrative are yet to be fully revealed. The choices made by players can influence the direction of each faction and have far-reaching consequences for their goals and values.
Ascending to the leadership role in Starfield factions
It remains uncertain if players can ascend to leadership positions in all of these factions, let alone within a single playthrough. The lead quest designer at Bethesda hinted that not every player in Starfield will become the head of each faction, unlike in their previous RPGs like Fallout 4 and Skyrim.
Starfield promises an exciting and dynamic gameplay experience with a diverse range of factions, each with its own goals, missions, and allegiances. Explorers, space pirates, frontier separatists, megacorporations, and powerful republics populate the vibrant universe of Starfield, offering players countless opportunities to shape their own story within this vast cosmic adventure.
Starfield is launching on September 6, 2023, for PC and Xbox Series X|S.