We may earn a commission when you buy through links in our articles. Learn more.

Starfield new game plus explained

If Starfield just isn't big enough for you, and you're hungry for more, you might be wondering what the new game plus modes are in the epic space game.

Does Starfield have new game plus? Bethesda is not known for including new game plus modes in their games – Fallout 3 and 4 didn’t feature one, and neither did Oblivion or Skyrim, but more games than ever are starting to incorporate new game plus as a way to increase replayability.

Not that you’ll necessarily need it here, as there are over 1000 Starfield planets in the space opera, and when it comes to the Starfield length, just the main story runs into tens of hours. Chuck in all the side content and exploration you can do, and you’re pushing hundreds of hours if you want to see everything.

Starfield new game plus: The player character stood on a grassy hill, overlooking a forest while Vasco the robot approaches from the side.

What is Starfield new game plus?

Once you finish the main story, you will be given an option to begin the game again, albeit with a few changes. When finishing your first playthrough you have the following options:

  • Restart the game with the same character keeping only your powers and skills
  • Restart the game with your character, powers, and skills but skip the main quest
  • Keep playing your current game with the ability to switch to new game plus at any time

Traditionally, this means that you can start the game all over again, keeping all of your Starfield skills and experience so you start the game with a much stronger character, essentially. The artifact locations change, so on your second, third, or even fourth playthrough you’ll be finding these in different places.

However, there are entire quests that are locked behind the new game plus mode. The main story is mostly unchanged, but there’s plenty of side content that isn’t available for anyone’s first playthrough, meaning your Starfield experience is only just beginning.

With that in mind, you’d better be in for some long gaming sessions if you want to discover everything Starfield has to offer. If you’re still fine-tuning your Starfield build, we’ve got a guide to help there. We’ve also got a handy list of the Starfield weapons and guns to collect.

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.