Major Blow to Xbox Studios
Bethesda has just announced it is delaying both Starfield and Redfall to the first half of 2023 and without any specific release date.
In the announcement, Bethesda attributed this delay to the high standards and ambitions that the developers have for both Starfield and Redfall, promising the final product will be the best and most polished version for both of these games.
“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,” said Bethesda in a statement.
Starfield was announced to release on November 11, 2022, and was set to be Xbox’s biggest console exclusive and first-party game of the year. The game has been reportedly in development ever since Bethesda released Fallout 4 back in 2015.
Redfall on the other hand is developed by Bethesda’s Arkane Studios and was originally announced for release this summer of 2022, but then it was delayed to September 2022. This is its second delay which shouldn’t be surprising since we haven’t seen much gameplay of it ever since it was announced.
The delay of both games leaves Xbox Studios with virtually no first-party games or console exclusives for the rest of the year, leaving the field all but wide open for PlayStation Studios to gain huge momentum for this console generation if they manage to release God of War: Ragnarok this year as announced.
Although both Starfield and Redfall are now delayed to the first half of 2022, fans can still expect both games to make at least a minor appearance at the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase which will go live this June 12th.