In what is unfortunate but kind of expected news, Bethesda has announced the delays of both space RPG Starfield and open-world co-op vampire shooter Redfall. Sharing the news via the official Twitter account, the desire to deliver excellent experiences has largely driven this decision.
“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,” shared the company.
“We want to thank everyone for their excitement for Redfall and Starfield. That energy is a huge part of what inspires all of us every day and drives our own excitement for what we are creating. We can’t wait to share our first deep dive into the gameplay for both Redfall and Starfield soon. Thank you for your support.”
Of course, Redfall was never given a set release date outside of a summer window for 2022, but Starfield was slated for 11 November, which would have made it a perfect pairing to the iconic launch date of the original Skyrim. The delays to both Starfield and Redfall will now see both games set for release before June next year.
This decision also means that the 2022 slate for Microsoft first-party games is now essentially empty, save for independent titles or other exclusives.
Even with the recent blockbuster acquisitions made by Microsoft, we have yet to see an effect on the games’ front, and with the latest delays for both Starfield and Redfall, it will take even more time for consumers to see the fruits of the company’s labour. Hopefully, 2023 will begin a new era of first-party big-hitters for Microsoft and Xbox.