Starfield will get a 'standalone show,' separate from January Xbox Developer Direct

With the January Xbox Developer Direct confirmed, Bethesda stepped in to say that Starfield will get its own, separate showcase at a later date.


With Starfield finally set to supposedly launch in 2023, fans have been chomping at the bit to find out anything new about the game. An Xbox Developer Direct teased (and now confirmed) for the end of January seemed to be the place to learn more. Not quite so, said Bethesda. It turns out that Bethesda wants to give Starfield its own standalone direct. The game will get a solo showcase at a later date that will give us a deep dive into what to expect ahead of its launch.

Bethesda shared the tidbit about Starfield as it repped the upcoming Xbox Developer_Direct showcase coming at the end of January. Where Bethesda will have plenty of presence during the show, giving players a new look at titles like Redfall and updates for The Elder Scrolls Online, it also took the opportunity to curtail expectations about seeing Starfield during the January 25 showcase.

“To dedicate the proper amount of time for a deep dive into Starfield, a standalone show is in the works,” Bethesda wrote on its official Twitter.

Bethesda confirms Starfield will get its own 'standalone show' in a tweet.
Bethesda confirms Starfield will get its own 'standalone show,' which it seems will be separate from the upcoming Xbox Developer Direct at the end of January 2023.
Source: Twitter

Starfield has looked incredibly ambitious as Bethesda has peeled back the layers on it and revealed features, narrative, and universe lore bit by bit. We’ve gotten peeks of the vast array of planets we’ll explore, teases of factions we can join (good and sketchy), and we even got some idea of how combat and shipbuilding will work. However, it’s been a while since we had a really good look at any form of actual gameplay in Starfield. The game is set to launch sometime in the first half of 2023, but we’re not sure when beyond that vague window yet, so we could also see a concrete release date when the standalone showcase happens.

Whatever the case, it seems fans should temper their expectations for Starfield when it comes to the Xbox Developer Direct at the end of January. Stay tuned as we prepare to cover the upcoming showcase, as well as await updates from Bethesda on a standalone showcase for Starfield in the future.

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    January 11, 2023 7:57 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Starfield won't be in Xbox Developer Direct, 'standalone show' planned

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      January 11, 2023 9:35 AM

      Too buggy to show

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        January 11, 2023 9:59 AM

        No no! It's just that Starfield's so amazing that it'd steal the attention away from everything else!

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        January 11, 2023 10:12 AM

        The game is going to break some hearts..I fear the worst.

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          January 11, 2023 10:29 AM

          if you think that game isn't gonna be a janky mess you haven't been paying attention. no sympathy.

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          January 11, 2023 11:30 AM

          It doesn't have the same level of hype around it that No Man's Sky had, I think people might be disappointed but at this point I don't think anyone expects Bethesda to really hit it out of the park or anything. They haven't released a really good game in over 10 years.

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          January 11, 2023 11:34 AM

          I've got basically zero hype for this game... I figure if I don't get myself all hyped up for it, less likely I'll be severely disappointed.

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          January 11, 2023 11:37 AM

          I think it'll be exactly what everyone expects. Skyrim with a glow-up and a bigger game world.

          Will have the same janky animations, lots of hilarious glitches, and bad writing, and will sell millions.

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            January 11, 2023 1:40 PM

            I think I would prefer Skyrim's awful melee combat to whatever that gun action they showed off was. Their Fallout games were only playable for me because of VATS.

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              January 11, 2023 2:07 PM

              For some reason I never remember to use VATS in those games.

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          January 11, 2023 4:05 PM

          Think it'll depend if they learned from Cyberpunk or if they plan on doing what they always do: wait for the community to fix it

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          January 11, 2023 11:30 PM

          I am expecting procedurally generated trash, a copy cat of No Man's Sky with very little real/crafted content. It would fit the trajectory Bethesda has been on and makes me worried for Elder Scrolls 6.

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        January 11, 2023 12:16 PM

        "Too buggy to show" doesn't exist. The amount of careful tailoring of the scenarios for these sorts of showcases is insane. Practically any amount of jank and bugginess can be covered up, worked around, or temporarily hammered out for a few videos of preplanned scenes and scenarios.

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      January 11, 2023 12:05 PM

      It's just Oblivion with guns. And some spaceships now, too.

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      January 11, 2023 12:06 PM

      shelve it and pivot to Elder Scrolls 6

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        January 11, 2023 11:14 PM

        Elder Scrolls 6 will drop when the PS6 is ready to come out and people will complain about it looking like a PS5 game

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      January 11, 2023 12:40 PM

      I think the heavily invested fans will make due like they did with Fallout 76.

      The big Star Wars open world game from Massive is going to quickly put a dent in the fan base anyways:

      Where the real hullabaloo could happen is if a studio that doesn’t release to GamePass drops a neutron bomb AAA+ mega reveal with a short release window around the time Starfield has to go real with the public. This is honestly quite likely, coming from Deviation Games, which has an unrevealed massive open world game and another PvP/PvE that’s sci-fi that’s been barely announced but not fully revealed, both in the works for years. It’s also very possible coming from a studio owned or partnered with Sony, Haven, Sucker Punch, a few other low profile Sony studios or even Bungie. That would be the TRUE shitstorm, lol. We’ll have to get brain protectors again the toxic spew that would geyser forth from that!! 😂😂

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        January 11, 2023 12:45 PM

        Ubisoft studio? I will patiently await the moment they begin to shoot themselves in the foot and travel up from there..

        I have zero reason to believe anything Ubisoft promises. I would be happy to be proven completely wrong...

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          January 11, 2023 8:37 PM

          Massive has cred and has given Ubi results despite Ubi.

          But really, the projects from Deviation might be the real spoilers. Gonna be some gigantic reveals this year. Starfield will have some hefty meat to stack up against.

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            January 11, 2023 9:33 PM

            Unless someone swoops in and offers the world interactivity and modding that Starfield will, I'm sure Bethesda will continue to crush it.

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