Bethesda has announced that Starfield and Redfall have been delayed to “first half of 2023”.
Announced by Bethesda on Twitter (below), no specific reason was given for the delays other than to say that the teams “want to make sure you get the best, most polished builds of this.”
The statement also promises that the first gameplay deep dives for both games will be released “soon” – and you can imagine that would happen during the Xbox/Bethesda Summer Showcase on June 12.
An update on Redfall and Starfield. pic.twitter.com/pqDtx26Uu6
—Bethesda (@bethesda) May 12, 2022
A monitoring from Bethesda Game Studios of Starfield simply says, “We can’t wait for you to play Starfield, but we need more time. We are very grateful for all the support and encouragement and we are excited to show you the game soon.
Arkane followed up the tweet with a message from the director of redfall, Harvey Smith. “Here at Arkane Austin, we have decided to delay the launch of Redfall,” Smith explained. “The team needs more time to bring the game to life. Thank you so much for your continued support. Redfall is our most ambitious game yet, and we look forward to showing it off soon.”
Starfield previously had a November 11 release date (an important date for Bethesda, given that Skyrim released on the same date in 2011). The Xbox console exclusive recently showed off a number of details, from the game’s companions, to its factions, to its music – but we’ve never seen any official gameplay.
Redfall has been getting quieter and quieter. Announced ahead of the Xbox show at E3 last year, Arkane Austin’s new game was billed as an open-world co-op FPS, slated for release this summer. However, since that reveal, we haven’t seen anything of the game other than a few leaked images.
The lack of gameplay for both games had been seen by some as just a delay for a major drop over the summer, but it seems the reality is that both games just aren’t ready to release yet. They join a long list of games delayed in 2022.
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