Starfield and Redfall Delayed to 2023, Deep Dives Gameplay Coming ‘Soon’

Two major Bethesda games, Starfield and Redfall, have been pushed back to 2023. Starfield originally had a November 11 release date for PC and Xbox Series X|S, while Redfall’s release date had yet to be announced. , but it was scheduled for this summer.

No new specific release dates have been shared for either game yet, but both will be released during the first half of 2023, that is, at the end of next June. Deep gameplay dives are expected for both games “soon.”

“The teams at Arkane Austin and Bethesda Game Studios have incredible ambitions for their games, and we want to make sure you get the best, most polished versions of them.” Bethesda said in a statement announcing the delays. A follow-up by Arkane and Harvey Smith described Redfall as the studio’s “most ambitious game yet” and added, “The team needs more time to bring the game to life.”

Starfield’s move to 2023 is the more surprising development of the two, as back in June, Bethesda’s Todd Howard said he was confident the game would avoid being delayed. “We trust the date,” Howard said at the time. “Otherwise we wouldn’t be announcing it.”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer also recently tweeted that he had met with Bethesda, so it’s possible that the decision to delay the game was discussed at the company this week.

Even without Starfield and Redfall being the main acts on Xbox in 2022, they’ll likely have a big presence at the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda Summer Games Showcase on June 12. Gameplay for either title has yet to be revealed, so the joint Xbox and Bethesda event would be a great platform to showcase what players will be doing in each title. As noted above, Bethesda teased that “our first deep dive into Redfall and Starfield gameplay” is coming “soon.”

Not much is known about Arkane’s Redfall at the moment, though leaked images suggested the game will look like a fusion between Borderlands-style loot-shooting action and vampire hunting. Meanwhile, Starfield is the next open-world RPG from the team behind the Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3 and 4. The two games that have been pulled from 2023 suddenly leave a gaping hole in the Xbox lineup, though it remains to be seen how or if that is going to be filled.

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