Starfield (video game)

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Developer(s)Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher(s)Bethesda Softworks
Director(s)Todd Howard
Designer(s)Emil Pagliarulo[2]
Composer(s)Inon Zur[3]
EngineCreation Engine 2
ReleaseQ1/Q2 2023[1]
Genre(s)Action role-playing

Starfield is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.[4] The game was formally announced during Bethesda's E3 Press Conference in 2018.[4] The game is set in a space-themed world, and will be the first new intellectual property developed by Bethesda in over twenty-five years. The game is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2023 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox Series X/S.


Starfield is set in an area that extends outward from the Solar System for approximately 50 light-years called The Settled Systems.[5] Around the year 2310, the two largest factions in the game, the United Colonies and Freestar Collective, engaged in a conflict called the Colony War. The game takes place 20 years after the war, with the major factions enjoying an uneasy peace. The player assumes the role of a customizable character who is a member of Constellation, an organization of space explorers.[6] The game can be played in either first- or third-person perspectives.[7]


Starfield represents the first new intellectual property (IP) by Bethesda Game Studios in over twenty-five years, and has been described by director Todd Howard as "Skyrim in space."[8][6] The studio had been delving into space-themed games since as early as 1994, according to Howard: they had gotten the rights to make a game based on the Traveller role-playing system, but shortly lost those; their Delta V game in 1994 had been part of this Traveller license but had not been fully realized.[6] Their The 10th Planet was a cancelled space combat game to be published in October 1997 from which the atmosphere of Starfield was derived.[9] Howard stated they had rights to Star Trek in the 2000s and he pitched an idea for a role-playing game in that setting, but this failed to go forward.[6]

While Bethesda had wanted to do a science fiction game for some time and had strong ideas for its gameplay style, it took a while to cement the ideas behind what Starfield would be about as to distinguish the game from other science fiction games already released. They came onto a theme which lead artist Istvan Pely dubbed as "NASA punk," that although set in humanity's future, the technology can be traced to origins in various NASA space missions.[6] Bethesda's team began crafting a fictional narrative of events by decade of the 300 years to the game's present, in order to ask "And now man is living amongst the stars: what does that mean?", according to Howard.[6]

Starfield’s concept had been in the studio's mind for some time prior to the trademarking of the name in 2013, according to Howard. "There were no other names [we considered]. It had to be ‘Starfield'."[6] Howard said active development of the game had been ongoing since the release of Fallout 4 in late 2015.[10] By mid-2018, the game had moved out of pre-production, and was in a playable state.[10][11]

Marketing and release[edit]

At Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference, Howard presented a short teaser trailer for the game.[12] An in-game teaser trailer was presented at the E3 2021 conference during the combined Microsoft-Bethesda press event, and a release date of November 11, 2022 on Microsoft Windows and Xbox Series X/S as a console exclusive was announced.[13] In May 2022, Bethesda announced that the game's release would be delayed until the first half of 2023.[1]


  1. ^ a b Romano, Sal (May 12, 2022). "Redfall and Starfield delayed to first half of 2023". Gematsu. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  2. ^ Brown, Andy (October 21, 2021). "'Starfield' developer reveals the factions you'll be sharing the cosmos with". NME. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  3. ^ Gardner, Matt. "'Starfield' Soundtrack Handed To Legendary 'Fallout' Composer". Forbes.
  4. ^ a b Weber, Rachel. "Starfield is Bethesda's next big RPG series and here's everything you need to know". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  5. ^ Starfield – The Settled Systems, retrieved 2021-10-21
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Goldberg, Harold (June 13, 2021). "'Starfield': Todd Howard discusses Bethesda's new space-based RPG". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  7. ^ Kim, Matt T.M. (June 17, 2021). "Starfield: 6 New Details, Including 1st and 3rd Person Viewpoints". IGN. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  8. ^ Livingston, Christopher; Senior, Tom (2021-06-15). "Starfield: everything we know about Bethesda's next RPG". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  9. ^ Lee, Helen (May 22, 1997). "Bethesda's E3 Lineup". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 11, 2000. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Macdonald, Keza (18 July 2018). "Todd Howard and Pete Hines interviewed on Starfield and Elder Scrolls". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  11. ^ Fenlon, Wes (2018-06-11). "Bethesda's Starfield 'is playable,' Elder Scrolls 6 is in 'pre-production' says Todd Howard". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  12. ^ Phillips, Tom (June 13, 2018). "Bethesda announces Starfield". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  13. ^ McWhertor, Michael (June 13, 2021). "Bethesda's Starfield is Xbox exclusive, coming November 2022". Polygon. Retrieved June 27, 2021.

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