It would be an understatement to say that Starfield is one of the most anticipated games on the horizon. This is the first new IP created by Bethesda Game Studios in over twenty-five years, and the studio has to juggle the massive hype from the countless fans it has won with the Elder Scrolls and Fallout games while still redeeming from the disappointing Fallout 76, which launched nearly four years ago.
The news of its delay (alongside that of Arkane’s Redfall) to the symbolic release date of 11-11-2022 has certainly hit fans hard, but now there could be an indication that Starfield is not not so far after all.
On the burgeoning GamingLeaksandRumours subreddit, user ganndalf posted a screenshot showing Starfield’s expected release window in early 2023. The image was taken from the Game Pass site, although we don’t have couldn’t get the same message when we tried to go there.
When the game’s delay was announced, Bethesda only said that Starfield and Redfall were now targeting launches during the first half of 2023 (which is already a bit crowded with triple-A titles thanks to the likes of Dead Space Remake, Remake Resident Evil 4, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League). Although vague, the message included in the screenshot above seems to narrow this down to the first quarter of the year.
Not much is known about Starfield. The game will use a highly evolved version of the creation engine, which Bethesda’s Todd Howard described as the biggest leap in technology the tool has ever made, particularly in terms of rendering, animation, pathing and generation. procedural.
Set in the year 2310, Starfield features a customizable protagonist who is a member of an organization of space explorers called Constellation. The explorable space is called The Settled Systems, an area about fifty light years outside the solar system. The plot begins about twenty years after the end of the Colony Wars, with several major factions like the United Colonies, the Freestar Collective, and Ryujin Industries still plotting against each other. Players will be able to join any of them, including the pirate-themed Crimson Fleet, which could be infiltrated as some sort of undercover space cop.
Other known information about Starfield includes the sheer amount of dialogue (over 150,000 lines, almost as much as Skyrim and Fallout 4 combined), the inclusion of hardcore RPG elements, improvements to the crafting and gameplay systems. character persuasion and confirmation of full mod support.
We should learn a lot more about the game in three days, anyway, as Starfield is set to headline Microsoft Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase (Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m. PT). Until then, stay tuned.