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How Long Will Starfield Take To Beat? - Story Length And Planets

Here's how long Bethesda estimates players will take to beat Starfield's story campaign and how many planets the game will have.
How Long Will Starfield Take To Beat? - Story Length And Planets

Starfield has put eager fans through the ringer. A four-year-long wait for release is finally showing light at the end of the tunnel. A 2023 release date (first half) has been confirmed to the public, and many are wondering how long it will take to beat Starfield's story once it launches.

Fans of Bethesda's titles have been getting drip-fed information since June 2018, but this year's Xbox Games Showcase dropped a number of bombshells giving us greater clarity on what to expect in the upcoming Sci-Fi RPG. 

Diving deep into what we can look forward to, here’s all the info on just how long Starfield will take to beat, Starfield’s Story length, and the answer to just how many planets will be ripe for exploration. 

How long to beat Starfield's story?

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Taking the RPG elements that have built firm fandoms into space, Starfield is set to take us through a multitude of vistas. (Picture: Bethesda)

Todd Howard, Bethesda studio head and overseer of everything Starfield gave players a solid hint about the upcoming world-hopping romp’s game length.

In an interview with IGN, Howard was eager to point out that Starfield is the largest project yet by the publisher. Saying:

"This one’s ending up a little bit longer and we may tune that some still," he said. "It’s more quests, so it might be 20% more than our previous ones."

With previous Bethesda hits Skyrim clocking in at 25 hours, and Fallout 4 pipping it at 27, players looking for a longer story to Starfield are going to be looking at the main campaign that "might be in the 30s, maybe 40” hours long. 

With Bethesda the current rulers of side-quest gameplay, it’s also worth pointing out that it’ll take far longer for hard completionists to uncover every last aspect of the game. 

How many planets will Starfield have?

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Starfield is set to put you right into the interplanetary driving seat. (Picture: Bethesda)

As announced in the Bethesda & Xbox Games Showcase, Starfield is going to bring us over 1000 fully explorable planets. An unheard-of feat leaving galaxies at the players of fingertips. 

Broadening the scope of these plant excursions, Howard announced: "can also land and explore anywhere on the planet" meaning that Starfield planets will be entirely available to comb over by players when we’re eventually able to jet off into space. 

That covers everything we know, for now, about Starfield’s story length and how many planets Starfield will have.

For additional coverage of this multi-planetary bonanza, make sure to check out our section dedicated to everything Starfield gameplay reveals, story details, news, guides, and much more.


Featured image courtesy of Bethesda.