Starfield features a number of factions that players will get to interact with and influence, but they won’t necessarily find themselves in charge of these organizations. In a new Constellation Questions video, lead quest designer Will Shen spoke about Bethesda’s approach to populating the universe of Starfield with these groups and how players will be able to interact with all of the factions independently of each other.
“One of the early things we decided on was making sure that the main quest actually kind of gives you a little bit of a tour of the settled systems and all of the major players there, so that we can give you a taste of what they’re going to be up to,” Shen explained. “We decided we really want to make sure that you can play through all the faction lines independently of each other. And this time around, we really want the stories to be a little more personal.”
One example of this approach that Shen mentioned was the Freestar Rangers, an organization of peacekeepers who can be influenced to uphold the ideals of justice over the demands of industry. The decisions that players make will have far-reaching consequences for these factions, while your companions will have “a lot of opinions and points of view about what decisions you’ll be making” in the main storyline.
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Author: Darryn Bonthuys