Explore the Settled Systems of Starfield

With Starfield still a little over a year from launch, and Bethesda Softworks notorious for keeping their upcoming epics safely tucked away from prying eyes until showtime's right around the corner, every little scrap of information on this open world sci-fi RPG is a gem. Thankfully, we've been blessed with periodic — if admittedly somewhat tiny — fresh updates on the game courtesy of the official website.

Thus far, these updates have centered on Starfield's world-building aspects. Given that this is the studio's first new IP in ages, fans have fairly devoured such morsels with a keen interest in the prospect of a bold space-based role-playing project from the studio that gave us Morrowind and that other game.

Per this new video, today's special treat focuses on clarifying Starfield's setting. Design Director Emil Pagliarulo gives us a brief overview of the Settled Systems, an expanse extending roughly 50 light-years from our solar system. It's the year 2330, and humanity is still reeling from a war between the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective.

The teaser also provides a couple of new glimpses at the game's impressive concept art. With luck, Bethesda's new engine will do justice to these artistic visions.


As a member of Constellation, an organization "committed to uncovering the mysteries of the galaxy," our mission will be one of exploration. We'll explore the deepest regions of the Settled Systems, mingling with several noteworthy factions along the way.


Starfield will release on November 11, 2022 for PC and Xbox Series X|S. Don't expect to find it on PlayStation 5. As with all other first-party Microsoft fare, it will be available on Xbox Game Pass for no extra charge.