Starfield - The Main Story

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Bethesda games are massive and designed for the player to keep adventuring well after the main story has concluded. In Starfield, this is multiplied many times over due to the scope and scale of the galaxy. What is the main story path in Starfield? We have the answer for you below.

Starfield is an overwhelmingly large game, in a good way. Some of us like to explore and savour it all, carving our own path, but knowing exactly what one of many storylines is the main story path to follow can be handy.

Starfield Main Story

In Starfield, there is one 'main' story path to follow to 'complete' the game. As you see a menu filled with missions, this may need to be clarified, so let us explain.

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Bethesda is known for letting players choose precisely how they want their adventure to unfold. So, instead of hand-holding down one main story, they give you several. According to Pete Hines during his Gamescom Q&A, the game starts once you finish the main story!

In Skyrim, the main, or golden path, you embraced being Dragonborn and taking down Alduin, a dragon set to destroy the world. For Fallout 4, your main quest was finding your son; both games make the main story feel almost optional with the sheer amount of side content within.

Starfield Main Quest Walkthrough

For those of you needing a helping hand to reach the Unity in Starfield, here are our walkthroughs for each of the main missions. If you require further assistance with anything else in the game, head over to our Astronaut Training Manual for a deeper dive.

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Mission 1

One Small Step

Mission 2

The Old Neighborhood

Mission 3

The Empty Nest

Mission 4

Back To Vectera

Mission 5

Into The Unknown

Mission 6

All That Money Can Buy

Mission 7

Starborn

Mission 8

Further Into The Unknown

Mission 9

Short Sighted

Mission 10

No Sudden Moves

Mission 11

High Price To Pay

Mission 12

Unity

Mission 13

In Their Footsteps

Mission 14

Unearthed

Mission 15

Final Glimpses

Mission 16

Missed Beyond Measure

Mission 17

Entangled

Mission 18

Revelations

Mission 19

One Giant Leap

Many players have never even finished the main quest in Bethesda's games. See, you are pointed in that direction during the tutorial section, but they also throw many distractions and secondary quests in front of you.

That said, the main story path in Starfield is quite apparent, thankfully. Following Constellation on their quest to reveal the secrets of the mysterious artifacts is considered Starfield's 'main' story. Like we said, how you get to the conclusion of that story is up to you.

Bethesda Games

The term 'Bethesda Game' applies to a select few franchises; the Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and now Starfield are the only three franchises this term is meant to cover. Other games come from the Bethesda umbrella, but being a 'Bethesda Game' applies to those three franchises alone. Basically, it's any game Todd Howard and his team have worked on.

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So what defines a 'Bethesda Game'? This is hard to give a single answer to. It could be the sense of freedom and choice, the massive open worlds, winding narratives, or the sheer amount of love and detail poured into each experience. In reality, the answer combines all these factors, but even that only covers a portion of what makes these games so beloved and revered.

While you are here, why not brush up on all the weapons in the game or even check out all the details on fast travel?

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