starfieldBethesda’s biggest upcoming title, owned by Microsoft, has been delayed until the first half of 2023, according to a tweet from the studio† The game was originally set to release on November 11, 2022, a tribute to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimthe release date. The new space exploration game, about which Bethesda has released very few details (and no actual gameplay footage of it as of yet), will get some extra development time, as will redfallthe vampire co-op shooter coming from the team in Arkane announced as a surprise last year.
It’s likely that both games will be shown in Bethesda’s upcoming games showcase on June 12, so this early announcement is likely to set expectations ahead of time. Speaking of setting expectations, if Bethesda happens to flaunt it? Elder Scrolls VI footage, keep in mind that it’s probably (unfortunately) still years away from arriving on consoles and PC.
Hey, as you may have seen, we’ve decided to launch #redfall† The team needs more time to bring the game to life. Thank you very much for your continued support. Redfall is our most ambitious game yet, and we can’t wait to show it off soon. pic.twitter.com/H0y0NlXlJc— Harvey Smith (@Harvey1966) May 12, 2022
Few games have avoided major delays during the pandemic, as production and collaboration are more difficult when it takes place at home rather than in the office. At this point, a game’s tentative release date is almost expected to be pushed, regardless of the company. For example the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was recently pushed from its planned holiday release to 2023.