An updated release window for Starfield, Bethesda’s upcoming and recently delayed sci-fi RPG, has been spotted on Xbox Game Pass.
Starfield is “expected early 2023,” according to the small print written at the bottom of an Xbox Game Pass subscription plan page. The expected launch window was spotted by a Reddit user, who took a picture (opens in new tab) your screen before posting it to the Starfield subreddit.
Early 2023 is a narrower release window than what was previously shared. When developer Bethesda announced Starfield’s delay earlier this year, it said it expected the game to release in “the first half of 2023” alongside Arkane’s upcoming vampiric co-op shooter Redfall.
While still vague, early 2023 suggests the RPG will release sooner rather than later and could arrive as early as the first quarter of next year – January, February or March. The work of other internet sleuths has also suggested that March 2023 will be the month when Starfield finally makes his landing.
The game certainly took a while to arrive. Bethesda first teased Starfield in a trailer (opens in new tab) in 2018, before presenting the game at a E3 standalone presentation (opens in new tab) in 2021. Its initial release date of November 11, 2022 was set years ago, but with no gameplay released during that time, it’s no surprise that the game has been pushed back to next year.
We’re likely to get a proper glimpse of the game soon, though. The Xbox and Bethesda showcase will stream on June 12, and we expect to see some in-game footage of the highly-anticipated space-based RPG.