Todd Howard has done it again! Starfield is confirmed to be coming out in September 2023 and we cannot wait to see it in all its glory. For those of you who do not know what we’re talking about, Starfield is Bethesda’s newest IP in a long time and is set in a place about 50 light years from our solar system called the Settled Systems. It is going to be an action RPG and Todd Howard has described it essentially as “Skyrim in space”, which is just as awesome as it sounds. While we all wait for the game to come out, we are going to be giving you a wide range of Starfield statistics as they become available, and we’ll make sure to update everything as we get closer to the game’s release. If you’re interested in similar topics, why not find out how much the video game industry is worth?
Starfield key stats
This section is going to harbor all of the Starfield statistics we can find until they can be properly segmented into sales, revenue, user, and news statistics as more information is made available to everyone. The game is still a long way away, but it already has a decent bit of news surrounding it that will definitely be interesting for anyone looking into the game.
Starfield was delayed from November 11, 2022, to September 6, 2023.
(Source: PC Gamer)
- Todd Howard addressed the game’s progress in an official video where he stated that they are putting all of their efforts into designing the game, hence the delay.
- The developer also stated that they would deliver a deep dive into the game on June 11.
- Starfield should have the same hallmarks as Bethesda games usually do, with some unique takes.
- The game was initially announced in 2018.
This is the most relevant piece of information at the moment as no one likes seeing a game get delayed when they have been expecting it for so long (sorry, Silksong fans). In reality, the game has been in development for nearly a decade since active development started back in 2015 but it wasn’t announced until 2018. Naturally, the hype surrounding the game is massive and we can take the delay as a confirmation that the game is going to be developed to its fullest potential, avoiding any release problems.
Sony has claimed that Microsoft can’t be trusted to keep the Call of Duty series multi-platform because of Starfield’s exclusivity.
- Microsoft has claimed that the Call of Duty series will remain multi-platform should its acquisition of Blizzard go through.
- Sony has tried to discredit Microsoft’s offers citing a quote saying that they didn’t have the incentive to make Bethesda-made games multiplatform.
- Starfield’s announced exclusivity prompted Sony to doubt the contracts that Microsoft offered it.
- For context, Microsoft offered two contracts — a ten-year Nintendo contract for the Call of Duty series, as well as a ten-year contract to keep Call of Duty on Microsoft consoles.
- Sony declined both contracts.
There has been some tension between Sony and Microsoft recently because Microsoft seems to be adding more and more games to its exclusivity list, which could prove to be a problem for Sony and its Call of Duty series as limiting the distribution of the biggest FPS series in the world on one of the leading consoles in the world could lead to a wide array of issues.
Starfield’s release date might be problematic for the game.
(Source: PC Gamer)
- The reason the game’s launch might be problematic is that Baldur’s Gate 3 releases on August 31.
- Players might not have the time to play through Baldur’s Gate 3 in time for the release of Starfield.
- This forces players to choose between the two games, possibly missing out on the experience of either of them by choosing to play both at the same time.
- This is not Starfield’s only competition, as Lies of P also comes out in August 2023.
Baldur’s Gate is one of those series that a vast majority of gamers have at least heard of, and Baldur’s Gate 3 is going to be massive for the gaming industry. However, which game are you going to play? Both Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield are going to be expansive RPGs and you’re definitely not going to finish a game like Baldur’s Gate 3 in a single week in time for Starfield. It’s a conundrum, but it ultimately boils down to which game you’re looking forward to more.
Starfield is most likely using the weapon favoriting feature of Fallout 4.
- This information was found in the announcement trailer for Starfield.
- In the showcase, gameplay of Starfield can be seen behind Todd Howard where Tim Lamb can be seen switching weapons through a favorite menu.
- This bodes well for players that prefer using a controller.
- This was likely shown on purpose to let fans examine every frame of the showcase and compile their own theories.
Re-using features of previous games to further improve new creations is something that should be done more frequently, especially when you’re dealing with developers that have done so many things right in the past. Fallout 4 was and is a phenomenal game that everyone should try out at one point, and it’s refreshing to see its mechanics implemented in Starfield. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
There is a petition for Starfield to increase Arabic accessibility.
- Starfield’s Steam page lists 10 available languages to play the game in, but there is no Arabic.
- Starfield features over 250,000 lines of spoken dialogue, accentuating how expansive the game is.
- The petitioners have stated that there are over 360 million Arabic speakers in the world, and it would be a shame for such a high population to not enjoy the game.
- The petition gathered over 3,400 signatures over five days.
As we have seen with Hogwarts Legacy, petitions regarding video games can be… counterintuitive at times. However, this petition for Starfield to add more Arabic accessibility seems well thought out, and acting on it might beneficial to the game in the long term since there are plenty of Arabic people who might enjoy playing Starfield but are held back by linguistic barriers. We’ll see if Bethesda acts on the petition in the future.
Starfield’s release date could push back Hollow Knight: Silksong.
- The sequel to Hollow Knight was announced in 2019 and fans have gotten no real news about the game’s development.
- Starfield and Silksong allegedly share the same release window.
- During an Xbox showcase, the announcers claimed that every game presented there would be released within twelve months.
- Starfield being delayed could mean that other games like Hollow Knight: Silksong might also be delayed further.
Hollow Knight: Silksong is another hyped game that is supposed to be released within the same release window as Starfield, but Starfield’s delay might have slowed that down to some extent. We’re going to just have to wait and see if any new information becomes available for Hollow Knight: Silksong in the future, but things are not looking good for fans of the original game.
To sum up
Okay, so that’s everything we have to say about Starfield at the moment! Be sure to check back frequently for new information regarding the game. New information will become available as we near the game’s release date, which we’re gleefully looking forward to!
- “FML, Starfield comes out just a week after Baldur’s Gate 3”. PC Gamer, 2023, https://www.pcgamer.com/fml-starfield-comes-out-just-a-week-after-baldurs-gate-3/
- “Sony points to Starfield exclusivity for why Microsoft can’t be trusted with Call of Duty”. Yahoo Entertainment, 2023, https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sony-points-starfield-exclusivity-why-103607391.html
- “Starfield brings back Fallout 4 favourites, ideal for controller users”. PCGamesN, 2023, https://www.pcgamesn.com/starfield/favourites-fallout-4-controller
- “Starfield May Be Using a Feature From Fallout 4”. GameRant, 2023, https://gamerant.com/starfield-fallout-4-favorite-feature/
- “Starfield petition asks Bethesda to boost Arabic accessibility”. PCGamesN, 2023, https://www.pcgamesn.com/starfield/petition-localisation-bethesda-rpg-game
- “Starfield’s Release Date Doesn’t Bode Well For Hollow Knight: Silksong”. GameRant, 2023, https://gamerant.com/starfield-hollow-knight-silksong-shared-release-date-rumor-delay/