Bethesda is “putting the finishing touches on Starfield” now, based on Todd Howard

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Bethesda’s subsequent massive game is the spacefaring RPG Starfield. Its launch is on the horizon, however the horizon line has shifted a bit farther away now — the game was delayed to 2023 earlier this yr. The delay isn’t meant to be a time for Bethesda to rebuild main components of the game although. At this stage, the studio is “putting the finishing touches on Starfield.”

That’s based on govt producer Todd Howard, who spoke throughout a media briefing (through GamesRadar+) earlier than all of the summer time gaming occasions kick off. Games are sometimes delayed to provide the group extra time for a closing polish stage, so listening to that Starfield is in a near-final state isn’t shocking. That stated, some members of the dev group have been reportedly “extremely worried” concerning the launch date earlier than the delay. One self-claimed former Bethesda developer even known as the game’s engine “a piece of crap.” Switching engines isn’t a “finishing touches” move, so don’t anticipate a change like that earlier than the game launches subsequent yr.

Alleged engine troubles apart, Howard nonetheless sees Starfield as an enormous alternative for the corporate, because of Microsoft’s attain within the gaming scene. “Anyone who is going to play the game can play it on PC, or xCloud, or whatever screens they’re on,” he stated. Starfield will launch completely on Xbox Series X/S and PC, a move that got here as no shock when it was lastly introduced. Since the delay, no new launch date has been set in stone, however game is slated for launch throughout “the first half of 2023.”

In the interim, a number of dev diaries from Bethesda have explored varied options of the upcoming game. We’ve seen the robotic companion VASCO and gotten particulars on the game’s dialogue decisions and persuasion system. The impending Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday, June 12 is a chance to be taught much more.