Bethesda has announced that Starfield, its upcoming spacefaring R.P.G., is now coming out in the first half of 2023. This lends credence to leaks appearing online placing the release for the game in March of 2023. That same leak also pegged releases such as Breath of the Wild 2 and Elden Ring DLC as coming out in the same window. The veracity of this leak can’t be confirmed, but it could be that Bethesda is now aiming for April to avoid getting crowded out, giving themselves more time to polish their new AAA game.
The announcement also puts the kibosh on plans to release another big title, Redfall. In a statement released to Twitter, Bethesda said:
“We’ve made the decision to delay the launches of Redfall and Starfield to the first half of 2023. The teams at Arkane Austin (Redfall) and Bethesda Game Studios (Starfield) have incredible ambitions for their games, and we want to ensure that you receive the best, most polished versions of them.”
The most recent news about Starfield was a new interview with leadership on the game, talking about how dialogue, questing and other elements would work in the final game. Obviously, this delay is bad news for fans. With a huge map and robust faction system, there’s a lot to look forward to.
A Starfield delay isn’t too surprising, given how little we’ve actually seen of the game over the years. Being heralded as the evolution of Skyrim, but in space, is a pretty big shoe to fill, The game hasn’t had much shown about it since being announced now five years ago. So far, eager fans have only seen a handful of pre-rendered videos and no gameplay. Most of the game that’s been seen so far has been very early concept art. It’s impossible to judge exactly what form the final game will take from this little detail.
The game has mostly been in the concept stage until 2020, when the bulk of Bethesda’s teams jumped over to the project. So really, this delay isn’t too unexpected. That doesn’t mean the game isn’t close to being done, it just needs more time. Bethesda then thanks its fans for their ongoing support:
“We want to thank everyone for their excitement for Redfall and Starfield. That energy is a huge part of what inspires all of us every day and drives our own excitement for what we are creating. We can’t wait to share our first deep dive into the gameplay for both Redfall and Starfield soon. Thank you for your support.”
Though the Starfield delay is a sour thing to swallow, it’s better than getting a totally broken game on launch. Bethesda certainly doesn’t want their own Cyberpunk 2077-style fiasco on their hands.