Starfield and Redfall delayed to first half of 2023

Starfield Concept Art Robot Sunset
Starfield Concept Art Robot Sunset (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

What you need to know

  • Bethesda Softworks' Starfield and Redfall are being delayed into 2023.
  • These games were previously slated to arrive in 2022, with Starfield having an exact release date of Nov. 11, 2022.
  • Bethesda says that both development teams have "incredible ambitions" and that the teams want to deliver the most polished games possible.

Two major Xbox console exclusive titles are being pushed back into 2023.

On Thursday, Bethesda Softworks shared the news that Starfield and Redfall from Bethesda Game Studios and Arkane Austin were being delayed into 2023.

Starfield, a science-fiction role-playing game from Bethesda Game Studios, was originally slated to launch on Nov. 11, 2022, which would've been 11 years after the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Redfall, a vampire-hunting co-op immersive shooter, never had a specific release date but instead was given a Summer 2022 release window.

In the delay announcement, Bethesda says that there will be a "deep dive" into the gameplay of both Starfield and Redfall "soon." This is almost guarenteed to be referring to the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, which is set for June 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET.

Both Starfield and Redfall are coming exclusively to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC, as well as launching day one into Xbox Game Pass. These two titles are the first Xbox console exclusives to arrive since Microsoft acquired ZeniMax Media, making Bethesda Softworks an Xbox first-party publisher alongside Xbox Game Studios. Microsoft is also currently attempting to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal worth almost $69 billion. That deal is slated to close sometime in Microsoft's fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.

Samuel Tolbert
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