It’s been eagerly anticipated, and Bethesda’s Starfield is finally in its final stages. The developers have timed the futuristic RPG to 11God’ Release in November 2022. However, the game that was ahead of its time has once again missed its intended release date. Ironic, huh?
Starfield will now be released in the first half of 2023 (the exact date has not yet been announced). Although initially lined up for release this November, Bethesda announced the delay to May 2022. Moreover, Microsoft’s Matt Botti hinted that the game might well launch after Arkane’s Redfall.
Furthermore, Starfield is not new to the oven. The Bethesda developers have been cooking up this technological course meal for quite some time now.
Interestingly, the company filed for the game’s trademark in 2013. What’s more, it was officially teased during Bethesda’s E3 conference in 2018, followed by the launch of its official gameplay trailer at Microsoft and Bethesda’s Games Showcase 2022 event.
Here’s more on Starfield’s delayed release, system requirements, and platform compatibility.
Why was Starfield delayed?
While Bethesda originally intended to release Starfield sometime in 2020 or 2021, it was forced to reschedule the release date to 11God’ November 2022 due to the epidemic. Unfortunately, the patched edition has been pushed back again to early 2023 because the game is not in a finished state that the developers consider worthy of a mass layoff.
Although the game was going to launch exactly 11 years after the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, such a delay comes with some valid reasons.
First, there was substantial discussion about the possibility that Tesla plans to launch Starfield anywhere between 2020 and 2021. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic likely slowed production and pushed it forward.
Second, Bethesda doesn’t want to disappoint fans like it did with Fallout 76 and Cyberpunk 2077. The former received a very poor reception from fans in 2018, while some fans believed the latter was released ‘before it was ready’.
Either way, as long as fans get the “refined and polished” game that Microsoft and Bethesda promised, waiting a few more months isn’t a big deal, or is it? After all, patience may be bitter, but the fruit is quite sweet!
Starfield system requirements
A. Below are Starfield’s recommended system requirements
- Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit or later
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K 4 cores 4.0GHz / AMD Ryzen R5 1600
- graphics: AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
- RAM: 16 GB
- HDD: 75 GB
- DirectX: DirectX 11
II. Below are Starfield’s recommended system requirements.
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit or later
- Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320
- graphics: AMD Radeon R9 380 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB
- RAM: 8 GB
- HDD: 75 GB
- DirectX: DirectX 11
|Minimum specification||Recommended specification|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 64-bit or later||Windows 10 64-bit or later|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320||Intel Core i7-6700K 4 cores 4.0GHz / AMD Ryzen R5 1600|
|Memory||8 GB||16 GB|
|graphics||AMD Radeon R9 380 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB||AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070|
|DirectX||DirectX 11||DirectX 11|
|GPU VRam||2 GB||8 GB|
|storage||75 GB||75 GB|
Is Starfield an Xbox exclusive?
Since Microsoft signed a $7.5 billion deal to acquire Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media, Starfield will officially be an Xbox exclusive. Unfortunately, this news comes as a blow to PlayStation players who were expecting to experience this futuristic epic.
However, this may not be the best news for Xbox players either, as Bethesda plans to not release Starfield for previous generation Xbox systems such as the Xbox One. In addition, it has been confirmed that the game will only be released for Xbox Series X|S systems.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Starfield director Todd Howard said, “You never want to leave people out, do you? But at the end of the day, your ability to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the platforms I want to make it, and the ability Leaning on them will really make for a better product.”
Will Starfield be available on PlayStation and PC?
Ahead of the game’s E3 2021 Showcase event, GameBeat’s Jeff Grubb revealed that Starfield will not be released for any PlayStation or Nintendo consoles. This is probably because Bethesda is now a Microsoft first-party developer. However, the good news is that the game will be available for PC.
Such news may surprise gamers as Microsoft has a history of not discriminating between platforms, unlike Sony and Nintendo. For example, Minecraft is still supported on Nintendo and PlayStation. Also, Microsoft went ahead and launched the Minecraft Dungeon games on Switch and PS5.
The fact that Microsoft is doing differently with Bethesda games may be due to the company’s desire to increase the popularity of the Xbox Game Pass and acquire new users. However, it’s all speculation unless Xbox releases an official statement.
As for Starfield
Starfield is an upcoming space exploration game developed by the popular video game company, Bethesda. The game had its teaser released back in 2018, while the gameplay trailer was released in 2022. In addition, it is expected to reach the Microsoft/Xbox market in the second quarter of 2023
Starfield will take players deep into the deepest space. Being a sci-fi game, you can expect it to be full of amazing weapons and supersonic spaceships while offering a magical tone that’s enough to get lost in.