Starfield’s New Atlantis Is The Biggest City Bethesda Has Ever Created

Starfield game director Todd Howard said the New Atlantis game location would be the biggest city Bethesda has ever created.

Following the Xbox conference at Summer Game Fest 2022, where Bethesda unveiled a gameplay trailer for Starfield, more and more news has come out about their upcoming space RPG. Fans of Bethesda RPGs like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls have been thirsty for more details about the game. It’s fair to say that Starfield is starting to get fans of the genre excited.


In an interview with IGN, prominent Bethesda game director Todd Howard revealed more details about what you can expect from Starfield. One of the aspects of the game that Howard talked about was the city of New Atlantis, a colony we saw a bit in the gameplay trailer (time stamped below). Bethesda has created some impressive cities in the past, Diamond City and Whiterun come to mind, but according to Howard, New Atlantis will blow them out of the water in terms of scale, pun intended.

New Atlantis will contain the headquarters of Constellation, the faction the player becomes involved with during the storyline. Howard described the group as “sort of NASA-meets-Indiana Jones-meets-The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” As Constellation is an integral part of the game’s main plot, you are expected to visit New Atlantis a lot. The other factions in the game are also likely to be present in the city.

New Atlantis is the capital of the United Colonies, a government organization with the largest military of the colonized systems. As it is their seat of government, the player is likely to report to New Atlantis for quests involving the United Colonies.

As it’s been seven years since the release of Fallout 4 and over a decade since Skyrim, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Starfield’s New Atlantis is larger than those games’ respective largest cities, Diamond City. and Whiterun (Whiterun has more inhabitants than Solitude). The exact scale of New Atlantis is unknown, but if it’s the hub city of a game with over 1,000 planets, you’d expect it to be quite large. Howard also said that Starfield will have three other major cities for the player to explore.

Starfield is scheduled for release in 2023 on Xbox Series X/S and PC.