Starfield factions – all the confirmed groups so far

Like all good Bethesda Studio games, there are plenty of Starfield factions to be found in this space game and who you side with will change your story

Starfield factions: a member of the Constellation holds a tablet

Starfield, the upcoming spacefaring RPG of epic proportions from Bethesda, marks the first new universe in 25 years from the developer. Set in 2330 in a pocket of the Milky Way, there’s a brand new expansive world on offer, with reportedly over 1,000 planets to explore.

And while the map in itself is impressive, so is the idea that this epic roleplaying game will, according to the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, allow you to “be who you want and go where you want”.

So, as well as impressive character customisation that allows you to pick several Starfield traits and a whole range of Starfield weapons to choose from, there’s also a choice of Starfield factions. It’s not a new concept when it comes to a Bethesda game with both Fallout and The Elder Scrolls’ series boasting a variety of joinable and non-joinable in-game factions that, should you pledge allegiance to, would alter your game accordingly and ultimately the journey you go on.

So, for Starfield, it’s no surprise that factions are back and the developer has revealed a fair bit about them so far, some of which can be seen briefly in the Starfield gameplay trailer. Before we jump into it, there’s a hell of a lot more to talk about when it comes to the game, so if you’re interested in the Starfield cities revealed so far, how to play Starfield on Xbox One, and a whole guide on the Starfield release date, we’ve got it all to dive into.

For now, let’s take a look at the Starfield factions, which so far are:

  • Constellation
  • United Colonies
  • Freestar Collective
  • Crimson Fleet
  • XenoFresh Corporation
  • Ryujin Industries
  • Ecliptic Mercenaries
  • Spacers
  • House Va’ruun

Starfield factions: A member of Constellation talks to you

Constellation

Constellation is where your journey begins as you join this group of intrepid explorers committed to uncovering the mysteries of the galaxy.

Akin to space exploration organisations such as NASA or SpaceX, Constellation is one of at least nine different Starfield factions that you’ll come across in the game. There’s a lot to explore and seemingly a lot of rare artefacts to find and becoming a new recruit to this organisation is where it all starts.

United Colonies

One of the two largest factions in the Settled Systems is the United Colonies. 20 years before Starfield, they were embroiled in a bloody Colony War with another faction, Freestar Collective. United Colonies is widely regarded as the most powerful and established in both military and politics in Starfield.

While Bethesda speaks of peace now, there’s a warning that the United Colonies still makes for a dangerous place as they reside in New Atlantis. According to the developer, the United Colonies represents “the future of space republics, idealised”.

Freestar Collective

Once at war with the United Colonies, Freestar Collective is the second of the largest factions in Starfield. Living in the walled capital city of Akila, this faction is a loose confederation of settlers of the three star systems that live distanced from the rest.

Starfield design director, Emil Pagaliarulo, says the people of this city “believe in the sanctity of personal freedom and individuality” and Freestar Collective is said to represent the “space western fantasy”.

Starfield factions: a member of the Crimson Fleet

Crimson Fleet

Lead quest designer, Will Shen, describes Crimson Fleet as “the de facto choice for anyone looking to do an evil playthrough of Starfield” and this statement becomes more obvious when you realise that members of the Crimson Fleet faction are pirate raiders.

There’s talk from Bethesda around the idea of being part of multiple factions meaning you can play bad with the Crimson Fleet, but still work to be good by spying and returning information to other factions.

XenoFresh Corporation

The XenoFresh Corporation resides in the third major city of Starfield, Neon. Described as a pleasure city, the aquatic world of Neon was once used for fishing but quickly turned its attention to drug selling when it was realised that the fish could produce a psychoactive chemical called Aurora. This left the faction with a lot more time to party fuelled by easy money.

Ryujin Industries

You’ll need a ticket to ride with this faction, or at least a job offer. This mega-corp is rumoured to be joinable only through a hire. Shen calls this faction “one of the best starts,” but it seemingly won’t be as easy as just turning up and joining. Not much is known about Ryujin Industries other than it represents the corporate life of Starfield.

Ecliptic Mercenaries

As far as the next three factions are concerned, there’s not a lot to report back on just yet. Ecliptic Mercenaries join Spacers, House Va’ruun, and Crimson Fleet as the human factions of the game and are reportedly a group of bounty hunters on dangerous missions for their clients.

Spacers

Mentioned only briefly in a teaser clip from Bethesda, not much is known about the Spacers apart from the fact they’re incredibly violent.

House Va’ruun

Equally, all we know about House Va’ruun so far is what design director Pagaliarulo has told us and that’s that they’re a faction of “fanatical religious zealots”.

So there you have it, everything we know so far about the Starfield factions. We expect to learn more in the coming weeks and months as we get more glimpses into this NASA-Punk world Bethesda is crafting.