Starfield isn’t even out yet (unless you purchased the premium early access) but speedrunners have already begun setting record times for beating the game’s main campaign. One particular speedrunner with early access managed to clear Bethesda’s sci-fi RPG in less than 3 hours, mainly consisting of the game’s central story. If you don’t wish to be spoiled of some of the exciting stuff that happens in the campaign, we suggest you don’t watch the speedrun just yet.
As reported by VG247, YouTuber and speedrunner Micrologist managed to beat Starfield‘s campaign in exactly two hours, 52 minutes and 42 seconds, setting one of the first record times for speedrunning the game. The speedrun does contain spoiler-y content for some of the story but for the most part, a lot of skips were utilised to shave off big chunks of time so it breezes over many important plot points and story beats.
Similar to Bethesda’s previous RPGs like Skyrim and Fallout 4, Starfield is a massive game that can easily span over 100 hours if you choose to tackle everything that it has to offer, including side content and exploration in its enormous universe sandbox. While the story will likely take you 30-40 hours to beat, the extra activities will surely keep you busy for double that time or more.
However, speedrunners found unique ways to speedrun both Skyrim and Fallout 4 with record-breaking times clocking in at under an hour, so it’s no surprise that Starfield will also be the subject of speedrun attempts in the future. Micrologist might’ve set the initial time to beat, though we’ll surely see more speedruns pop up soon after the full game is out that try to beat the campaign in even less time.
The Starfield community is already putting in the work to polish the game with an upcoming patch. Additionally, nude mods were among the first batch of unofficial mods to roll in for the game. As for official Bethesda-approved mods, the studio said that it will only add it as a post-launch update.
Starfield launches on 6 September 2023 for Xbox Series X/S and PC. Check out Micrologist’s speedrun below: