While Starfield is a wide universe filled with thousands of planets, there’s a notable exception: Earth. Or, at least, the Earth as we know it. The Earth in 2330 is an unbreathable wasteland that requires a space suit to traverse. But how did Starfield’s Earth get that way?
Why did humans leave Earth?
Humans were forced to leave Earth because of Grav Drive testing. When Dr. Victor Aiza invented Grav Drive technology in the 2110s, it was a major, life-changing discovery. However, the more they tested this technology, the more it destabilized Earth’s magnetosphere. Scientists hypothesized in another hundred years, the planet’s atmosphere would collapse. By 2156 humanity began colonizing other systems — the first being the Alpha Centauri system and what would eventually become New Atlantis.
In 2203, the majority of Earth’s population had moved off-world and the magnetosphere collapsed and dissipated into space, making the planet inhabitable.
Is there anything left on Earth in Starfield?
Despite its desolate appearance, you can still visit Earth while playing Starfield. There are a handful of locations, outposts, and resources to explore in a proper space suit. Also, there are a handful of large landmarks that survived the magnetosphere’s collapse. These landmarks include:
- Abeno Harukas – Osaka, Japan
- Burj Khalifa – Dubai, UAE
- Empire State Building – New York City, New York, USA
- Gateway Arch – St. Louis, Missouri, USA
- Great Pyramids of Giza – Cairo, Egypt
- International Commerce Centre – Hong Kong, China
- Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa, Italy
- Makkah Clock Royal Tower – Mecca, Saudi Arabia
- NASA Launch Tower – Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
- Shanghai Tower – Shanghai, China
- The Shard – London, England
- US Bank Tower – Los Angeles, California, USA
- Utah National Park – Utah, USA