Starfield Character Creation, Backgrounds, and Traits

Bethesda's Starfield promises to be spectacular, with an incredibly elaborate character-creation system to boot. Get ready to create a space traveler in your dreams!

Starfield is shaping up to be one of Bethesda’s most ambitious games, and with that comes a deep character creation system. Fans of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series will recognize many of the options on offer, but a few extras will make this an even more extensive experience. We’ve briefly examined the Starfield character creation system to help you create the perfect spacefarer for your journey.

Firstly, you’ll need to decide on your base model for your character. This is called the Biometric ID, and you can choose from 40 presets to use as a starting point for your customization. There are different base models from different sex and race to choose from.

After selecting your base model in the Biometric ID section, you’ll be able to customize everything from eye color to facial scars. Bethesda‘s lead tech artist, Felipe Nogueira, revealed that the company scanned a huge range of faces from many different age groups and ethnicities to allow for a high degree of diversity in the game.

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You’ll be ready to dive into the other two: Body Type and Face

Under the Body Type section, you will have the option to select your preferred physique, which includes the choices of being thin, heavy, or muscular. Here, you will have the ability to customize the upper and lower body to find the desired look of your Starfield character in your dream.

In the Face section, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the customization options for your Starfield character. With many features to modify, such as eye color, brow shape and thickness, nose size, style, ears, and jawline, you can create a unique character that reflects your personal style. 

Overall, you have the option to create a face that closely resembles someone you know, making the experience even more personal and engaging. There is even some news that some players use the Starfield character creation system to recreate some famous faces, including David Bowie, aka Starman.

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Select Your Starfield Character’s Background and Traits

Next, you’ll be able to select your character background, which will determine what your starting skills are and can open up a unique dialogue with certain NPCs. There are a number of choices to pick from, including a bounty hunter, diplomat, professor, and explorer. Each will give you three rank-one skills, and some may even offer exclusive dialogue options with NPCs, depending on your choice.

You’ll then be able to add your own traits, which are special optional perks that provide a small buff or debuff. There are 17 of these to pick from, with some of them adding some serious attraction to your look. 

Finally, you’ll be able to name your character and set your pronouns. Choosing a familiar name will see your robot companion VASCO refer to you by that name throughout the game, and picking a gender will affect some of the dialogue you hear from NPCs.

Below, you can take a look at how we create our characters from the beginning to the end.

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