This past weekend, we offered a report by industrial heavyweight Jeff Grub, “confirming” the fact that Starfield is truly exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows PC platforms. There were also a number of new leaked screenshots that were supposed to be from 2018, along with whispers that Starfield could launch earlier than expected. Blessing Adeoye Jr. from Kinda Funny Games and Jeff Grubb from VentureBeat mentioned their names in another Starfield report, detailing the game’s launch window.
It looks like Starfield may be heading for the release date of Q1 2022, echoing similar rumors across the web that the upcoming sci-fi RPG is closer than we might otherwise expect.
The details come from an exchange between Grubb and Adeoye Jr, with Grubb confirming in a Kinda Funny Games Cast Tweet that the game is aimed at the Q1
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Earlier in the year, there were some rumors that the game was aimed at the Holiday 2021 launch window.
Very little is known about Starfield, other than what we can learn from a few unverified screenshots. The game looks like it could have a personalized spaceship design set in the vast, alien sci-fi open world. We know this is a single player RPG built on an improved version of Bethesda’s Creation Engine known in the Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises. We expect the game to hit the Xbox Game Pass at launch as well, boosting the value of Microsoft’s nascent gaming service, which you can eat by joining xCloud cloud streaming along with it.
Despite the fact that the director of the game Todd Howard in the past described the game as “next generation”, there is a decent chance that it will be a title for different generations. The shortage of chips continues, making it difficult to access the next-generation Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. In addition, xCloud is still based on the Xbox One architecture, which means it will need a version of the Xbox One to join the Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming service component.
Given the blockbuster quality of Bethesda’s previous games, it’s fair to assume that Starfield could become one of the best Xbox games to date, but we won’t know for sure until we get to the mythical title. If Starfield is launching in Q1 2022, it is also likely to break through coverage during the E3 2021 digital showcases in June.