Starfield May Have Been Delayed To The 2nd Half Of 2023
Microsoft and Bethesda’s sci-fi action role-playing game, Starfield, may have been delayed to the second half of 2023.
During the latest episode of the Defining Duke podcast, YouTuber MrMattyPlays shared his insight regarding the release window for Bethesda’s upcoming action RPG. According to MrMattyPlays, Starfield is getting delayed to the second half of 2023, though he added that it should still launch sometime this Summer.
MrMattyPlays said that his source is someone he trusts quite a bit, and that they’ve been very accurate in the past. According to him, nothing from this source has previously been wrong. He added that this information wasn’t accompanied by concern regarding the state of Starfield. In fact, MrMattyPlays’ clarified that good things are being said about the game, and he believes that the delay is more a situation where the studio is taking the extra time to refine its vision and get everything in order before its launch.
Given the complex game systems in play in Starfield, including those pertaining to settlement building, crafting, character progression, exploration, companions, and branching narrative paths, it’s not hard to see why the game may need a little more time in development. It’s not unheard of for games of this scale and scope that offer such tremendous amount of player agency to receive delays. Such extensive game systems ultimately also require thorough testing. Bethesda’s games have previously launched in a buggy state, with frequent patches improving their state after launch. Perhaps Microsoft and Bethesda are looking to avoid such perils with Starfield.
Previously, it was rumored that Starfield is shaping up to be more ambitious than what play testers had been expecting. XNC Podcast host Colt Eastwood mentioned that he’d heard from a channel of people, who have presumably been play testing Starfield, that the action RPG is bigger and more ambitious than what was previously anticipated.