Starfield Release Date Revealed In E3 For November 11, 2022, Exclusive To Xbox And PC
A new trailer for Bethesda's sci-fi RPG has revealed more about the game, including its release date and exclusivity.
Ahead of the Xbox/Bethesda E3 2021 showcase, a new trailer for Bethesda's sci-fi RPG Starfield arrived, and it shows a release date and details about platform exclusivity. Starfield will launch on November 11, 2022, for Xbox and PC. The trailer was first published on The Washington Post and subsequently confirmed and released officially by Bethesda during the Xbox E3 show.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Bethesda's Todd Howard said he's feeling good that Starfield won't be delayed. "We're confident in the date," Howard said. "Otherwise, we wouldn't be announcing it."
The Starfield trailer did not include any mention of PlayStation. Xbox's Sarah Bond said on stage at E3 that Starfield will be "exclusive" to Microsoft, though she didn't say if this is a timed or full exclusive. The trailer shows in-game alpha footage of Starfield from Bethesda's all-new Creation Engine 2.
We also learned that Starfield will be available on Game Pass, which is no surprise given that all of Microsoft's exclusive games release on the subscription service.
Additionally, The Washington Post published a "making of" feature with Todd Howard that shed some more light on Starfield. Howard told the publication, "Starfield is our first new universe in over 25 years. It's a game we've dreamt of playing, and it's only now that we have the hardware, the technology, and the experience to push our creative boundaries even further."
Howard added: "Starfield is a next-generation role-playing game where you'll be who you want, go where you want, experience our stories, and forge your own. More than that, Starfield is about hope, our shared humanity, and searching for the answers to life's greatest mysteries."
Bethesda managing director Ashley Cheng told The Washington Post that Starfield is basically a "Han Solo simulator. "For me, Starfield is the Han Solo simulator. Get in a ship, explore the galaxy, do fun stuff," Cheng said.
A news post on the Xbox blog reveals the official description for Starfield:
"In this next-generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom. Harnessing the power of next-gen technology and built on the all-new Creation Engine 2, Starfield takes you on a journey through space as you strive to answer humanity’s greatest mystery."
Starfield is in development at Bethesda Game Studios, the developer behind Skyrim and Fallout 4. The studio is now owned by Microsoft as part of the Xbox company's $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda's parent company, ZeniMax.
E3 2021 News & Announcements
- Nintendo Switch OLED Announced, Coming October 8
- E3 2021: Schedule, Participants, And What To Expect
- Xbox & Bethesda E3 Showcase Announcements: Starfield, Halo Infinite, Diablo 2
- Nintendo Direct E3 2021 Announcements: Breath Of The Wild 2, Metroid Dread, Advance Wars
- E3 2021 Games Confirmed So Far
- Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 Announcements: Far Cry 6, Mario + Rabbids 2, Avatar
- Square Enix E3 2021 Stream Announcements: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Final Fantasy Origin, Babylon's Fall
The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.