Starfield release date window, latest news, and gameplay

The Starfield release date is scheduled after Redfall, but we've still got a launch window, trailers, news, and gameplay for the new Bethesda RPG game

Starfield release date window: a spaceship blasting across the galaxy with a planet in the background

When is the Starfield release date? It was officially going to be in November 2022, but Bethesda announced a Starfield delay into 2023. Thankfully, we still got a pretty decent showing of the new open-world game at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase over the summer.

We haven’t really heard much about the game since, which has left the Starfield community a bit thirsty for new information, but we’re confident Bethesda won’t keep us in the dark for too much longer. Whenever the Starfield release date ends up being, it has the potential to be one of the best PC games ever, so should be well worth the wait. Here’s what we know about Starfield so far.

Starfield release date

The Starfield release date is scheduled for the “first half” of 2023, with Microsoft’s Matt Booty indicating it will release after Arkane’s Redfall. Starfield is getting a standalone showcase, giving it a much-deserved solo deep dive, and hopefully, a concrete release date.

Originally, Starfield was supposed to release on November 11, 2022, but in May 2022 Bethesda announced that the space game is now delayed into 2023. The release date was reconfirmed by the official Starfield support page, stating the open-world game arrives exclusively on Xbox and PC in the first half of 2023.

According to Bethesda, the release date for Starfield will be announced very soon, with a ‘special game event’ also on the horizon.

Starfield pre-order

Starfield is available to pre-order at select retailers. It’s currently available to pre-order via GAME in the UK, and GameStop in the US.

Starfield Game Pass is also a thing; it will be coming to PC Game Pass (as well as Xbox Game Pass for console players), which means you’ll get instant access to the open-world game from day one. Game Pass subscribers don’t need to pre-order, and we imagine they will be able to pre-load Starfield in the run-up to release, at the very least.

Starfield release date window, latest news, and gameplay: Vasco the robot from the latest footage of Starfield gameplay

Is Starfield an Xbox exclusive?

Starfield will be an Xbox and PC exclusive, as Microsoft has agreed to a $7.5 billion deal to buy Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media.

In a blog post announcing the acquisition, head of Xbox Phil Spencer mentions his excitement for Bethesda’s upcoming games – “some announced and many unannounced”, including Starfield.

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Starfield gameplay

The original Starfield announcement trailer came out a long time ago in 2018. Since then, we got a Starfield teaser trailer from June 2021, and a much bigger showcase of gameplay in June 2022.

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Recently we’ve seen some footage of Starfield gameplay that shows off how the dialogue and persuasion mechanics will work, plus a few extra snippets of space flight with commentary from Todd Howard (video below). It has also come to light that Starfield may get a survival mode, which is both delightful and a slight bit terrifying.

Starfield features

The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 gave us an in-depth look at Starfield’s mechanics and systems. The gameplay demo starts on a bug-infested planet where the player mines iron from a cave before heading into the Kreet Research Lab. Here, we find that the Crimson Fleet, one of the many Starfield factions, is plundering for treasure. These pirates are hostile, giving us a chance to see some Starfield guns in action, such as the Grendel machine gun. The combat looks very similar to Fallout 4’s, except there’s no VATS system to rely on.

After a briefing from the Starfield Constellation faction leader about an artefact we dug up, we get some introductions with the other faction leaders who tell us what they stand for. We also see some more hostile aliens, from dinosaur-like creatures with mandibles, to eldritch horrors skulking the corridors of an abandoned facility.

Game director Todd Howard then reveals the character creation tool, and the many Starfield backgrounds and Starfield traits your astronaut can start with on their journey through the cosmos. The gameplay gives us a glimpse of the Starfield skills and a brief introduction to Starfield Research Laboratory projects.

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If you’re curious about what dialogue will be like in Starfield then we’ve got some (hopefully) reassuring details. First off, the classic BGS silent protagonist returns, which is probably handy given there are roughly 250,000 lines of dialogue in the game. You’ll also do your conversing in first-person and pick from a number of dialogue options that are pitched as standalone sentences. There is a new persuasion system in which you spend points in a series of linked exchanges in the hope of securing the desired outcome before outstaying your welcome.

Finally, there’s a section dedicated to Starfield base building, including the ability to design and fly your own spaceship. In addition to space combat, this spaceship will be handy for exploring the many Starfield planets in the known universe, over 1,000 of them according to Howard. In an IGN developer interview with Howard, he confirms that Starfield features some procedural generation but that the team at Bethesda “have done more handcrafting in this game, content-wise, than any other game”.

If you’re looking for further insights into the space game’s world then Bethesda also dropped some concepts for a few of the Starfield cities we’ll be able to visit, including the game’s biggest settlement, New Atlantis. Thankfully, it sounds like those major settlements are just the highlights and there will be plenty of other towns and even some small metropolises you can visit. If you’re wondering how long Starfield is, we’ve got some theories about that you can check out.

Starfield release date: a space station with golden panels, capturing energy from a sun

Starfield multiplayer

Will Starfield have multiplayer? The short answer is no. The long answer is still no, but if you want proof then we direct you to this Develop: Brighton Digital conference session from 2020 where Todd Howard confirms that Starfield will be a solo experience. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, Howard references Starfield multiplayer (or lack thereof) around the 45 minute mark.

That’s everything we know about the Starfield release date. It’s still a long wait until November and we can’t wait for more news on what could be one of the best PC games ever. Be sure to check out our Starfield interview with an ex-Bethesda dev for some more details concerning the project’s scale. We also have confirmation that the adoring fan Elder Scrolls NPC is set to make a return in Starfield. Finally, take a look at the latest on The Elder Scrolls 6 and The Witcher 4, if you’re after more epic RPG games that haven’t been released yet.