Starfield and Redfall Delayed to 2023 – but Gameplay Details Are on the Way

Although few were surprised, many were disappointed. Today, Bethesda announced on Twitter that two highly anticipated major releases, Redfall and Starfield, would be delayed until the first half of 2023. For both games, the reason cited is that the developers need more time to polish the experience and bring the universe to life.

Starfield and Redfall delayed to 2023 - but gameplay details are on the wayStarfield and Redfall were certainly among Bethesda’s most anticipated and ambitious titles to release this year. As Starfield has been described as “Skyrim in Space” by game director Todd Howard, Redfall is the latest showpiece of Arkane Austin, the studio behind Prey and Dishonored. Both games set a high bar with the trailers shown during the E3 showcase of June last year. As such, few were surprised when Bethesda announced in a tweet today that Starfield and Redfall would be delayed. The current release date is in the first half of 2023. The reason for the delay is to make sure these games can be true to their ambitions, and ensure “the best and most polished versions of them.”

Starfield would originally release on November 11th, as an homage to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with which its regularly compared. Redfall would initially release in September 2022.

Here’s what won’t be delayed – gameplay for both Redfall and Starfield

Thus far, details surrounding the gameplay from either Redfall or Starfield were scarce. In its announcement of the delay, Bethesda also mentioned that they “can’t wait to share our first deep dive into the gameplay for both Redfall and Starfield soon.” This likely refers to the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda showcase. The showcase goes live in exactly a month, on June 12. 

Last week, it became known that the showcase would run for approximately 90 minutes, significantly longer than Playstation’s recent “State of Play” showcase, which ran for 22 minutes. As to what the showcase will feature, it’s thus quite likely that a significant portion of it will cover more details around Starfield and Redfall‘s gameplay. 

For those who can’t quench their appetite for more Starfield until then, not to worry. Bethesda continues the Into the Starfield series. This is a series of mini-documentaries about various aspects around and behind the game. From Bethesda’s vision for the future to Starfield’s RPG experience and its music, the episodes showcase the decisions and processes behind Bethesda’s ambitious “space Skyrim.”

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