Starfield Factions: All Factions, Details, Can You Join Any?

An adventure with over 1000 planets to explore
An adventure with over 1000 planets to explore / Bethesda Game Studios

Bethesda Game Studious showed amazing feats in games like Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. The developers now take their epic adventures to space in Starfield. Players can join several factions in this extraterrestrial journey, from space cowboys to space explorers. 

Starfield Factions: All Factions, Details, Can You Join Any?

Will Shen, the Lead Quest Designer of Starfield, shared information during a 2022 interview with Community Director Jess Finster. 

He states players can join factions in Starfield. Players cannot lead the groups, but their choices influence which path members will take. The team also ensured gamers could play through multiple faction stories, even while they've sided with others. 

Starfield has five main factions. Some members of the development team briefly described each group in episode 2 of Bethesda's Into the Starfield series.

  1. Constellation: the space explorers
  2. United Colonies: the space Republic
  3. Freestar Collective: the space cowboys
  4. Ryujin Industries: the space megacorporation
  5. Crimson Fleet: the space pirates

The Starfield Direct dives a lot deeper into each faction. You can find more details below.


Starfield Constellation
Constellation / Bethesda Game Studios

Constellation is the popular faction that shows up in most trailers of Starfield. Players join this group automatically, as it's part of the main quest.

Many people in Starfield's world don't know Constellation exists. The faction is the last group of space explorers who are determined to solve humanity's greatest questions.

This faction's members are also most described in the Starfield Direct.

Sarah Morgon, a former soldier and adventurer, is a main character players will interact with because she leads Constellation.

The United Colonies 

Starfield The United Colonies
The United Colonies / Bethesda Game Studios

According to Emil Pagliarulo, Starfield's Lead Designer, the United Colonies is an "idealized republic." The citizens of this faction prize law, discipline, and humanity's legacy above all else. 

It's also home to New Atlantis. This major city is known as the first major human settlement in space. New Atlantis isn't the only city in the United Colonies. Cydonia is the largest mining facility of the faction, while Vanguard serves as the United Colonies' military base.

Freestar Collective

Freestar Collective Starfield
Freestar Collective / Bethesda Game Studios

Players can live out a wild west fantasy in space when they side with Freestar Collective. Crime runs rampant in different regions of the community. Neon has the most trouble. The former fishing platform is now a place where people can get away with almost anything.

Despite that, Freestar Collective does its best to keep order, especially in unsafe areas. An NPC describes the faction as peacekeepers who protect their people.

Ryujin Industries

Ryujin Industries Starfield
Ryujin Industries / Bethesda Game Studios

There's not much information about Ryujin Industries. However, Will Shen believes this faction's introduction is one of the best. It's a megacorporation where you must undergo several quests to become part of the group. The faction's location also resembles a colorful, futuristic Tokyo. 

Crimson Fleet

Crimson Fleet Starfield
Crimson Fleet / Bethesda Game Studios

Crimson Fleet doesn't have the best reputation. Other factions see these space pirates as troublesome enemies. Todd Howard, the Game Director, also describes them as foes. Players can infiltrate Crimson Fleet and report them to their superiors or join the pirates and wreak havoc. 

Starfield Q&A

Tune into the Dev Q&A with Will Shen and Emil Pagliarulo on Wednesday, August 16, at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. BST. You can join via the official Bethesda Studios Discord

You must be a Constellation member and submit questions by August 11. The team will answer several pressing questions from the audience, so be sure to attend.

Check out Starfield's preload times and dates to dive into this epic space adventure early!