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This part of Starfield history might be the most Star Wars moment ever

Bethesda has dropped an updated Starfield timeline ahead of this Xbox RPG's release date and it paints the United Colonies as the biggest bad guys out there.

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We know we sound a little bit like a broken record right about now, but Bethesda’s Starfield could be one of the best RPG games of all time. That’s not just because of the extensive Starfield ship customization options and impressive Starfield character creation suite, either. Bethesda has recently shared an updated Starfield timeline with the world and it’s packed with interesting information about some of the Starfield factions and Starfield characters you’ll come across in-game. There’s also one moment in Starfield history that’s the most Star Wars moment ever, but it doesn’t paint the United Colonies in a good light at all.

As you can see for yourself in Bethesda’s updated Starfield timeline here, The Colony War between the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective begins in 2307, effectively ending with the Battle of Cheyenne in 2311.  Although a rather small slice of Starfield history that we don’t know too much about, this short period of conflict unmistakably paints the United Colonies as the equivalent of Star Wars’ Empire in Starfield.

If you want to know what we mean, allow us to explain.

In 2307 and 2308, the infamous Colony War starts because the United Colonies feel as though the Freestar Collective have violated the Treaty of Narion by establishing a farming colony on the planet of Vesta. With diplomatic talks breaking down, the United Colonies besiege Vesta and kill anyone and everyone defending it. That sounds quite a lot like something The Empire would do, right?

Well, if that comparison isn’t quite enough for you, Bethesda’s short description of the Battle of Cheyenne – which ends The Colony War – should be. In 2311, during the aforementioned battle, a “flotilla of civilian and military Freestar Collective ships takes down the major ships of the [United Colonies] Navy using hit-and-run tactics”.

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This pivotal moment in Starfield’s timeline is, perhaps, the most Star Wars moment ever. It’s almost an amalgamation of every instance of conflict between the Rebel Alliance and The Empire, while also being reminiscent of the Battle of Exogol – which, of course, features in Star Wars’ ninth episode: The Rise of Skywalker.

We know we were always going to see some Star Wars in Starfield; it’s arguably the biggest sci-fi franchise to ever exist. However, we certainly didn’t expect to be able to make such a clear comparison between Starfield’s United Colonies and Star Wars’ Empire ahead of the Starfield release date. The established timeline of events, rather comically, also confirms that Elon Musk and SpaceX only have around 26 years to get us to Mars if they want to beat Starfield’s predictions – which isn’t that long at all, when you think about it.

If you’re looking forward to learning more about this, and playing Starfield (of course), you can find out more about the Starfield pre-orders and Starfield preload date right here. You might want to think about picking up one of the best Xbox expansion cards, though; this isn’t going to be a small game.

Still looking for more? While a good Starfield wiki can be a handy source of information, our new Starfield Database goes further, offering you daily news, searchable databanks, and even interactive tools.