Starfield delayed to 2023 by Bethesda

Starfield delayed to 2023. Yes you read that right. After Todd Howard previously stated super confidently that Starfield is on track for a 2022 release, the news has disappointed fans all over the world. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play what is being called ‘Skyrim in space’ during holiday season this year? I don’t know about our readers, but this was my most anticipated game for this year.

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Xbox fans in particular felt the blow, due to Starfield being exclusive to the Microsoft ecosystem. That’s not all; Arkane Studios also announced they were delaying Redfall to 2023. Clearly, the effects of the pandemic delaying life in general are still being felt well into Q2 2022.

Starfield, Bethesda and Xbox – A match made in space

Formally announced by Bethesda at E3 2018, Starfield has been described as a next-gen RPG set in space. Ever since the announcement, Bethesda has been through a lot. Fallout 76 (let’s not discuss that) and being acquired by Microsoft are the two biggest things since Starfield was announced.

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With Starfield slated for a console release exclusive to Xbox, many felt that 2022 was going to be dominated by the game. Unfortunately, we’ll never know how that may have panned out, but early 2023 is just around the corner from the original release date!

The Delay

Bethesda recently took to social media to announce that Starfield has been delayed. Though no specific reason was given, COVID-19, avoiding crunch and Microsoft wanting a more polished product are sure bets.

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Bethesda games though masterpieces, aren’t known for their stellar, bug-free launches. Bethesda probably thought they could put out the game and patch it later, but Cyberpunk 2077 and Battlefield 2042 have made game devs wary. Though a delay does indeed suck, delays make sure a game will not be massacred on launch.

What The Future Holds

So what happens next? Well…nothing? Bethesda is a part of the Xbox Game Showcase on June 12. We will no doubt see gameplay, as evidenced by Bethesda’s own tweet above. I for one, cannot wait to see what awaits us in space. But I am also eager to learn what Xbox has up its sleeve for 2022, now that it’s two biggest console exclusives are pushed to 2023.