When does Starfield release?

Get ready to explore the stars.

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It’s difficult to imagine a game with more expectations riding on it than Starfield, the first original IP to emerge from Bethesda Game Studios in over 20 years. Players finally got a little taste of what the newest RPG from Bethesda has to offer during Xbox and Bethesda’s presentation on June 12.

And that little taste contained quite a lot: information about the game’s story, different factions the player can possibly join, character and spaceship customization, settlement building, combat, resource harvesting, the list goes on. And embedded right at the end of the presentation was the revelation from Bethesda director Todd Howard that the game itself contains over 1,000 planets for players to explore.

The news means Starfield will likely be the biggest game to ever emerge from Bethesda, not counting live service games like Elder Scrolls Online. The sheer size and breadth of exploration the game advertises is enough to be the main selling point, even while there are several other great selling points for the title.

With such a high bar Bethesda has already set for itself in Starfield, all that’s left for most players is actually playing the game. Here’s everything we know so far about Starfield’s release date.

When does Starfield release?

Originally scheduled for a November 2022 release date, Starfield has been delayed. Right now, Bethesda and Xbox say that Starfield will release in 2023, with the first half of 2023 being targeted. Without a solid date, however, it remains to be seen exactly when in 2023 Starfield will come out.

Alongside Redfall, Starfield is one of the first marquee Xbox-exclusive console games to come from Bethesda. As such, Microsoft will be keeping a close eye on Bethesda, a studio notorious for its lengthy development cycles. 

This article will be updated when more information about Starfield’s release date becomes available.