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Starfield and Redfall delayed to early 2023

Bethesda has announced both Starfield and Redfall will be released next year.

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Starfield and Redfall were set to headline Bethesda’s 2022 publishing line-up, but neither title will end up launching this calendar year. Bethesda has announced that Starfield and Redfall have been delayed to the first half of 2023.

Bethesda announced in a Tweet that both Starfield and Redfall have been delayed to 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.” Starfield was originally set to be released on November 11, 2022, while Redfall had an unspecified release date in the late 2022 window.

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The “first half of 2023” release window is vague but allows the development teams a bit of flexibility in getting the games to the finish line. As things currently stand, we could be looking at a release date as late as June 2023 for both Starfield and Redfall.

In the announcement of the delay, Bethesda does state that it “can’t wait to share our first deep dive into the gameplay for both Redfall and Starfield soon.” With the Xbox and Bethesda press conference just a month away, it’s seeming likely that this is where we’ll get our gameplay debut for the upcoming releases.

Redfall was announced last year during the 2021 Xbox and Bethesda Showcase and follows a group of survivors fighting against a dangerous vampire threat. Starfield on the other hand has been a known entity since ZeniMax filed for the trademark back in 2016. It’s the latest RPG from the team behind the recent Elder Scrolls and Fallout titles.

The delay of Starfield and Redfall means that Microsoft/Xbox doesn’t have any major video game releases for 2022 as far as we know. For future updates on Starfield and Redfield, Shacknews is your place.

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    May 12, 2022 5:35 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Starfield and Redfall delayed to early 2023

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      May 12, 2022 5:38 AM

      Blame me. I watched the trailer last night and said "I can't believe this is coming out this year."

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      May 12, 2022 6:37 AM

      I honestly was expecting that — for Starfield, at least

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        May 12, 2022 7:23 AM

        I definitely was not! There was always a chance this time with the pandemic effect lingering, but BGS has not pushed a game this much after setting a date since Oblivion?

        More than most others out there, they've been pretty solid about avoiding release dates, the start of the marketing campaigns and all that hype until they know it'll be ready. At least they know in advance to delay it, and aren't keeping quiet and hoping and praying and then pushing it as the date nears.


        Now I wonder if they'll even bother showing off any actual gameplay during their summer event next month: https://twitter.com/Xbox/status/1519662855892594689
        Probably not a coincidence these announcements are coming exactly a month before that showcase.

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          May 12, 2022 7:26 AM

          Oh, should have read the full blurb and tweet. It does say they'll be sharing a deep dive into the gameplay soon. derp

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          May 12, 2022 9:26 AM

          This is purely anecdotal but I've come feel like if we're not seeing actual in-game gameplay footage in previews 6-9 months out from their declared release date, then the date is gonna get pushed. I realize that feels like such a long time, but it's just the pattern I've seen over the years. Like, the last few months are for polishing and refining the product, not active development of it.

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            May 12, 2022 9:52 AM

            Bethesda seemed to be content in holding their stuff back since it payed off pretty well with Fallout 4. The full reveal to release on that game was about 5 months. I remember everyone being pretty satisfied with how they handled that.

            They've already begun the marketing campaign and were slowly ramping up to the gameplay reveal with those "Into the Starfield" promos, it would have been a similar showcase and release to their last big SP game. Why I really thought it was on track, and also Todd Howard himself recently saying they wouldn't have dated it if they weren't confident in hitting it, haha.

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              May 12, 2022 11:35 AM

              Well, the Fallout franchise is also established, with Fallout 3 being a big success and a known quantity, so that likely helped. Starfield is completely new.

              That said yeah, it's definitely common to have a game announced just a few months out from its release, or at least that's when they start showing you the game. In 2003, Valve announced they were making a Half-Life 2 and they were going to release it in just a few months. We thought it was too good to be true. It was. It didn't come out until November 2004.

              Today lots of games are announced just a few months before release and no one thinks anything of it.

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      May 12, 2022 7:35 AM

      I for one am completely shocked

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