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Starfield release date: Gameplay footage and more on Bethesda's sci-fi RPG

Everything we know about Bethesda's long-gestating space odyssey.

A stunning screenshot from Starfield.
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Published: Wednesday, 21st September 2022 at 5:15 pm
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The long-gestating Starfield is finally showing signals of life after its big reveal in summer 2022 and we now know when its release window is. That release date is getting closer.

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Following a delay, we now know that Starfield will miss its original November 2022 release and will instead release in 2023. Yes, this means you have to wait a little longer.

In the meantime, there is plenty to learn about Bethesda's latest adventure and foray into space. We'd rather be playing it, too, but we'll have to make do with poring our eyes over its major reveal trailer once more.

Read on, brave space cadet, to discover when the Starfield release date is, how to pre-order, find out about gameplay and story details, and more.

Starfield release date

The Starfield release date is in the first half of 2023, and that's all the developers have said about the game's new launch window.

The game was previously scheduled for November 2022, but a delay was announced on Twitter back in May 2022. Bethesda made it clear that there's "incredible ambition" behind Starfield and that more time is needed to create "the best, most polished" version of the finished product.

Starfield pre-order and Xbox Game Pass details

The game might be a ways off, but it's not too early to start thinking about how exactly you're going to buy/access Starfield when it does come out.

To get ahead of the game, you can pre-order your copy of Starfield now at GAME or CD Keys. It's also worth noting that Starfield will be available on day one of its release for Xbox Game Pass subscribers at no extra cost.

Is Starfield an Xbox exclusive?

Yes, Starfield is an Xbox exclusive. Now that Bethesda is owned by Xbox, it should come as no surprise that Starfield will be available via Xbox Game Pass on Xbox Series X/S and Microsoft Windows PC.

The Xbox blog says that Starfield is dedicated to "harnessing the power of next-gen technology", which makes it sound very unlikely that Starfield will come to the older Xbox One consoles.

And here's some bad news for Sony loyalists: Starfield will not be available on PS4 or PS5. And don't expect to see it on Nintendo Switch, either.

What is Starfield about?

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For quite some time, we knew very little about Starfield. It's a Bethesda single-player RPG set in space – and that was just about everything we knew, until very recently.

Thanks to the Starfield trailers, we now know that players will join an organisation called Constellation, a faction who want to uncover the mysteries of the galaxy.

The latest trailer for Starfield revealed a key part of Starfield’s lore: the Colony war, a battle fought 20 years prior between the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective.

"This one’s ending up a little bit longer [than our previous games] and we may tune that some still," the head of Bethesda Game Studios, Todd Howard, told IGN. "It’s more quests, so it might be 20% more than our previous ones."

Starfield gameplay

In June 2022, Bethesda gave gamers their best look yet at Starfield gameplay in action, sharing the official gameplay reveal trailer that you can watch below.

Based on the gameplay footage, comparisons were immediately made between Starfield and the planet-hopping No Man's Sky game, with the mushed-together name 'No Man's Skyrim' becoming a recurrent joke on the web. (Skyrim, of course, is one of the games that Bethesda is best-loved for.) Make up your own mind, though, and check out the footage here:

Starfield mods

During an AMA hosted by Bethesda’s director Todd Howard in November 2021, more information about Starfield was revealed.

Talking about mod support, which featured heavily in Bethesda’s Fallout and The Elder Scrolls franchises, Howard said: "Our plan [is to] have full mod support like our previous games. Our modding community has been with us for 20 years. We love what they do and hope to see more make a career out of it."

Starfield character customisation

Talking about character customisation in Starfield, Howard revealed in the aforementioned AMA that players will get to pick their pronouns and tinker with their in-game avatars in numerous ways.

Howard said: "Really excited about what the team has done with character creation here. Including choosing background, skills, etc. You also can pick your pronoun (he, she, they) and we’ve recorded all the relevant dialogue to support that choice."

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Starfield trailer

While you wait for the Starfield release date, you can check out the latest trailer below. This promo video gave us our best look yet at the actual world and story of the game, so feast your eyes here!

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