Bethesda, one of the biggest video companies under Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios umbrella has made the hard decision to delay its upcoming Starfield and Redfall games to the first half of 2023. Both games were expected to ship this fall season (Starfield had a November 11, 2022 release date), and this will now leave a big hole in Microsoft’s lineup for the lucrative holiday season.
“We’ve made the decision to delay the launches of Redfall and Starfield to the first half of 2023. The teams at Arkane Austin (Redfall) and Bethesda Game Studios (Starfield) have incredible ambitions for their games, and we want to ensure that you receive the best, most polished versions of them,” the Bethesda teal announced earlier today.
An update on Redfall and Starfield. pic.twitter.com/pqDtx26Uu6
— Bethesda (@bethesda) May 12, 2022
Starfield was indeed one of the most-anticipated games of the year, and it was expected to get some significant stage time during Microsoft’s Xbox & Bethesda games showcase next month. It’s not clear yet if this delay will lead Microsoft to change the content of its presentation, but Bethesda said that it “can’t wait to share our first deep dive into the gameplay for both Redfall and Starfield soon”.
According to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, Bethesda may well have announced Starfield’s November 11, 2022 release date too early. “Last spring before E3, I spoke to some folks on Starfield who were extremely worried about committing to a 11-11-22 date based on the progress they’d made so far,” Schreier tweeted, adding that the term “Next Cyberpunk” floated.
Bethesda Games Studios is known for its ambitious open-world games such as Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However, despite the critical acclaim and passionate following, most Bethesda games are also notoriously buggy. It’s certainly much harder than before to create AAA games during a pandemic, but Bethesda certainly took the best possible decision. As Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto famously said, “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”