To the stars

New Starfield concept art shows off NPC companion and factions

Vasco will make your journey to the stars a little less lonely.

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Despite it being one of the most anticipated games of 2022, we’ve yet to see a scrap of gameplay from Starfield. That makes what little has been revealed lately even more tantalizing, including a look at your trusty robot companion and some new concept art.

In mid-March, Bethesda released a video all about Starfield’s factions.

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The United Colonies are your typical “good-guy” space civilization. Think Star Trek’s Federation or Star Wars’ Republic.

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The Freestar Collective is a looser coalition, inspired by space westerns like Cowboy Bebop and Firefly.

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Ryujin Industries is a megacorp with huge cyberpunk vibes.

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Each of the factions represents a different part of Starfield’s spacefaring society, adding color to the game’s world.

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Much like in Cyberpunk 2077, you start Starfield in one of these factions, which changes your first steps into the game.

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Smaller factions will fill out the world, like the Crimson Fleet space pirates.

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You can join the Crimson Fleet on heists or snitch on them to the space cops.

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Whichever faction you start with, you’ll end up working for Constellation, the last legion of space explorers.

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Of course, factions are nothing without interesting characters to fill them out.

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A more recent Starfield update offers the first look at one of the game’s NPC companions.

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Bethesda’s April Starfield update shows off concept art and rendered footage of Vasco. Vasco is a friendly but heavily armed robot who can join you on your journey.

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Created by Lunar Robotics, Vasco is an industrial robot outfitted to support Constellation’s exploratory mission.

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Vasco’s primary mission is peaceful, but he still packs plenty of firepower to help you blast your way across the galaxy.

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The update shows a short glimpse of Vasco as the buddy bot appears in game, with his Constellation-branded paint job a little worse for wear.

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If Vasco looks familiar, you may have caught a glimpse of him in the 2021 Starfield teaser trailer.

A previously released piece of concept art, also featured in the Vasco trailer, shows the robot hard at work repairing your ship.

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With details still scarce and Starfield due out on November 11, 2022, you can expect to learn a lot more about the game in the next few months.