How long is the campaign in Starfield?

Starfield Length Explained
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We all know that Starfield is a massive game, but how long is the campaign? While you can get lost in roleplay, sidequests, and exploration for countless hours, how many hours long is the Starfield campaign? In this guide, I’ll tell you just how long the Starfield campaign really is.

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How many hours does it take to beat Starfield?

Surprisingly, the Starfield campaign only takes around 20 to 25 hours to beat. I finished the Starfield campaign in about 30 hours of in-game time, but I also dabbled with some side quests, ship and outpost building, and exploration.

Once the credits roll, you’ll immediately launch into Starfield‘s New Game Plus mode. And let me tell you, it is really unique and cool. You can now choose to keep playing or you can start a new character to explore the universe in a different way.

As someone who loves Bethesda RPGs but had a hard time clicking with Starfield at first, I highly recommend that you complete the Starfield campaign as soon as possible. In fact, I recommend you devote your entire first playthrough to poking around with side quests here and there, but mainly sticking to completing the main campaign.

The reason I say that is because the Starfield campaign serves as an excellent tutorial for you to begin enjoying the rest of the game. You’ll get a really good grasp of every game mechanic, and experience the grand story, by focusing on the campaign first. Plus, it’s only about 20 hours long which makes it a breeze to complete quickly.

Focus on the campaign, experience all of it, and then continue with New Game Plus or start a new character. While I was slightly disappointed by the quality of Starfield‘s story overall, it is definitely worth experiencing and getting your own opinion on. After the campaign is completed, you now have the freedom to get lost amongst the stars.

Noah Nelson
About The Author
From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.