Starfield length – how long to beat

Bethesda's space opera RPG is big, but what is the Starfield length and how long will it take you to finish the campaign and side content?

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How long is Starfield? It’s the question everyone embarking on this space journey into the unknown will be wondering because as we all know, there’s usually enough content in a Bethesda RPG to keep players occupied years after release.

We’ve learned about how Starfield base building will work, and we know there’ll be over a thousand Starfield planets to explore, but what about the length of the game? If you’ve played another Bethesda RPG game, such as Fallout 4 or Skyrim, you probably have a good idea of Starfield’s length. As we mentioned in our Starfield review, it’s a bit of a chunky one.

Starfield length explained

From our experience, if you only focus on the main storyline, you could finish Starfield in as little as 12-15 hours. However, it’s a Bethesda game, so it’s massive, and tackling the side quests, faction quests, and other miscellaneous missions could take you well over the 50-hour mark.

Of course, most players don’t beeline straight through the main story in a hurry to reach the end, but this offers a decent idea of how long Starfield is at a minimum.

Todd Howard has explained that the team at Bethesda Game Studios is aware that players stick with their games for years on end – Skyrim still has a bustling, active player base, so Starfield has plenty of extra content. Not to mention the Starfield mods that the player base is already creating – meaning there’s even more to enjoy. If you’re just starting out, be sure to make use of our guides to the best Starfield background, Starfield traits, and Starfield weapons, and when the time comes, our best Starfield ships guide will help you explore space with ease.

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.