After months of speculation and anticipation, Bethesda Softworks and the Xbox Game Studios have finally given us a new date.
Earlier today, an update video was published on all of Bethesda’s media outlets, informing fans that the game is scheduled for a September 6, 2023 release.
The video shows game director Todd Howard addressing the public from Bethesda’s offices as some of his colleagues carry on with play testing in the background. Howard said that more details on the game will be revealed in a special event dedicated to Starfield, called Starfield Direct, which will take place on June 11.
This June, we’re going to bring you into the studio and give you a deep dive in the game at our Starfield direct," says Howard. “There’s so much that we still have to show you. The game has many of the hallmarks that you'd expect from us, but it's also a very unique experience.
This is great news for everyone that was worried about why Starfield was absent from the January 25 Developer Direct. It’s likely that Microsoft-owned Bethesda Softworks didn't want it to overshadow the other announcements they had planned for that day. The dedicated Starfield showcase will probably air right after Microsoft’s annual Xbox showcase on Sunday, June 11th.
With Arkane's vampire-hunting looter-shooter Redfall scheduled for a May release, it’s understandable why Microsoft wanted to space out its two biggest Xbox exclusive titles for the year.
Although not yet confirmed, it’s highly possible that both games will cost $70 as a reflection of the scale, technical complexity, and sheer amount of content they contain.
Starfield was originally set to launch on November 11th, 2022, a homage to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s release date of 11/11/11. But that never happened and there was no word from the American video game publisher on when fans could expect their latest piece of intellectual property.
All we had were rumors and 15 minutes of gameplay displayed during the Xbox & Bethesda showcase earlier this year.
Starfield is a big sci-fi RPG that is centered on the Constellation, the last group of space explorers. It will enable players to travel through space and complete missions, forge relations with various parties, and more.
Described as “Skyrim in space” by game director Todd Howard, the RPG will be playable in both first- and third-person. The team behind it is betting heavily on character customization, with a flexible system that allows players to customize skin tones, facial structure, hair, and more to create a more immersive and appealing experience.
Bethesda better make sure that Starfield is worth it as it'll be the only first-party Xbox exclusive coming out anytime soon.