Everything we know about Starfield: release date, Bethesda leaks, platforms, more - Dexerto

Everything we know about Starfield: release date, Bethesda leaks, platforms, more

Published: 27/Aug/2021 3:15 Updated: 27/Aug/2021 3:24

by David Purcell


Bethesda has revealed Starfield as their newest project, the first new role-playing game they will have developed in over 25 years, and here’s everything we know about it so far.

While many fans are eagerly waiting around for Bethesda to finally reveal The Elder Scrolls 6, the developer – best known for its RPG creations – is working on something very different set to launch first.

Starfield is a rather mysterious project for the general public, but internal discussions surrounding its concept have reportedly been taking place for up to 10 years. There might not be dragons, there might not be swords, but there seems to be a lot to look forward to.



BethesdaStarfield’s in-game landscape will be very different to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Starfield release date 

Currently, Starfield is confirmed to launch on November 11, 2022, the same day as Skyrim’s release.

Starfield has already been produced in a “playable” form, Bethesda director Todd Howard told Gameslice in June 2018, as reported by PC Gamer.

Starfield screenshotStarfield is one of the most anticipated next-gen titles.

While insiders initially claimed that “2021 was the intended goal for release as of a few months ago,” the official date was locked in at Microsoft’s E3 2021 press conference.

Starfield Trailers

While the game description clearly distinguishes Starfield from the world of The Elder Scrolls, there is certainly similarities in both games’ promotional material. Here we have the first trailer from the game, which – like many of Bethesda’s in the past – doesn’t give a whole lot away and is really only designed to build hype.


As time goes on, we’ll see more fully-fledged teases, reveals, and deep dives, but for now, this is all we have to go on.

Starfield Announcement Teaser

Starfield 2021 Teaser Trailer

The second Starfield teaser gave us a longer look at Bethesda’s upcoming project and revealed more about the game than ever before. Throughout it, we fly through presumably the main character’s ship as they take off from a rocky planet. As for the setting and overall ambition, Starfield appears to set the scene for “humanity’s final journey.”

Starfield 2021 Location Insights

Three new Starfield teasers were quietly released in August, providing first looks at upcoming Starfield locations. All three videos can be found below.


What do we know about Starfield? 

This is a project that’s around 10 years in the making, Todd Howard told The Guardian. “We’ve been talking about it for a decade, we started putting things on paper five, six years ago, and active development was from when we finished Fallout 4, so two and a half, three years,” he said.

In terms of the way the game will play, Howard also revealed that this new role-playing game will have a similar “DNA” to other Bethesda titles, but stressed that there will be clear differences that will set it apart – as reported by Eurogamer.

He explained that there would be “a lot of new systems” in the game that had not been explored in their other games, so fans have a lot of new stuff to look forward to. Not to mention, it’s in space. A very different setting to any of Bethesda’s other games.


The game has also used SpaceX and Elon Musk for real authenticity, with Howard explaining during E3 that he wants space travel to feel flying in the 1940s – in the sense of being dangerous and but also capturing the desire to explore further throughout the story.

Starfield features

We got a lot of new information surrounding E3 during the event, from weapons, minigames, and the different planets we’ll be exploring.

Take a look at everything we know so far about Starfield: 

  • First and third-person modes, comparative to Bethesda’s other RPG titles.
  • More hardcore RPG features, with the option to choose your character’s background.
  • Alien races (to what degree is currently unknown).
  • It’s “very big”.
  • Weapons that feel believable in space, even with weapon-types like lasers.

Todd Howard speaks about Starfield

2020 interview

On November 2nd, 2020, Todd Howard was featured in an interview detailing his own story, entitled “Going Nuclear: The Story of Todd Howard & Bethesda” in which he touches on fantastic information regarding Starfield and the Bethesda Game Studios’ engine: the Creation Engine.


Reddit user KATheHuman details all of the information fans of the upcoming roleplaying game would be interested that Howard speaks of during his hour-long interview.

From a focus on procedural generation (noted in the Reddit post that this does not mean each player’s world is randomly generated) in a way to create vast landscapes. The Creation Engine is also set to receive a huge upgrade. It’s one that hasn’t been seen since the jump between Morrowind and Oblivion.

At the event, he stated that the release date can be subject to delays. A commenter on the previously mentioned Reddit post, however, fags343 noted and linked to an article from Rock Paper Shotgun back in 2014 that this was also the stance Howard took in regards to Fallout 4’s release.

As well as this, it was indicated that NPCs will be much more integral to the stories. The previous small-sized cities and settlements of previous games will be a thing of the past, featuring expansive locations. For fans who are members of Xbox’s Game Pass, the upcoming game and TES:VI will also be available there to you from Day One of release.

This is thanks to a $7.5 billion deal between Bethesda and Xbox, which was previously announced back in September 2020. The parent company ZeniMax was acquired, including all of the company’s publishing offices and studios across the globe.

2021 interview

Starfield concept art
Starfield is only possible now due to technological leaps since the release of Skyrim, according to Howard.

Coinciding with Starfield’s 2021 teaser at E3, Howard provided further information through a new interview with The Washington Post. Simply put, he described Bethesda’s ambitious new title as “Skyrim in space.”

Throughout this new discussion, Howard revealed the first proper details as to what Starfield actually is and how it’ll work. Kicking the experience off, players join an organization known as ‘Constellation.’ After choosing a personal background, your character takes off with this group – the ‘last group’ of space explorers – to journey through the galaxy.

The game takes place “300-ish years in the future,” he explained. “Man is living amongst the stars: what does that mean?”

Starfield concept art
“For me, ‘Starfield’ is the Han Solo simulator,” Managing Director Ashley Cheng added in her own description of the game.

“This is going to sound cliche, but I mean it,” Howard said. “When you look up in the sky, there is this drive to know, what is out there? Are we alone? What are the origins of space and time and all of those things? What role does religion play in some of that as well? So, we do get into some big questions. I think a game like this is a good place to do that.

Speaking on the release date specifically, Howard assured Bethesda’s confidence in meeting the target. “We’re confident in the date, otherwise we wouldn’t be announcing it.”

Starfield map and locations

While little is known about the exact planets we’ll be visiting in Starfield, a few early details have surfaced. Three brief behind the scenes videos that surfaced in August gave us an overview of some key locations to start with.

New Atlantis

Starfield New Atlantis
New Atlantis is a capital city in Starfield.

New Atlantis appears to be a thriving social hub and serves as the capital city for the United Colonies.

“The city is a true melting pot, and a reflection of the future of our world,” Design Director Emil Pagliarulo said in the first teaser.


Starfield Neon
Neon is a massive shipping platform on an aquatic world.

As its look implies, Neon is an enormous shipping platform built on an aquatic world.

This location often serves as a trading hub, with many seeking one illicit substance in particular.


Starfield Akila
Akila is a city that celebrates individual freedoms.

Akila is a busy city set amidst a mountainous region.

The local town is barricaded with a large wall to keep inhabitants safe from alien forces.

Starfield leaks

Supposed Starfield leaked image shows an astronaunt looking at space ship
One of the images leaked showcases an astronaut.

Earlier in the year, a leaked album folder arose on image sharing site Imgur. In it, two images were shared that showcased what could very well be Starfield.

The first image shows an astronaut standing, looking towards what appears to be a building on some sort of metal supports with a logo that seems to read, “AB” on the side.

A side-on photo of a large space shuttle or ship of some kind on a plain, black background
This image showcases a fantastically detailed spaceship or shuttle from what appears to be Starfield.

The last image shown on the photo-hosting site shows a ship with tanks, a platform of some kind, and lots of fantastic detailing. These images are in line with Todd Howard’s recent interview with YouTube channel Develop:Brighton Conference, which in itself is a place where developers “come together to learn from one another and share experiences.”

Two additional Starfield images surfaced in an August 26 leak, showcasing more of an alleged 2018 build.

Starfield gameplay
This leaked image appears to be from the same build as earlier Starfield pictures.

One image revealed another look at third-person gameplay with various UI elements aligning with those from previous leaks.

The next image showcased alternate angles of the very same ship leaked in one of the first Starfield pictures.

Starfield ship
This appears to be the same ship featured in earlier Starfield leaks.

Starfield exclusive on Xbox Series X and S?

At Microsoft’s 2021 E3 presentation, the new trailer specifically featured logos for the Xbox Series X|S and highlighted that it will be available on PC, as well. Starfield will not be coming to PlayStation hardware.

This is not a surprise, after Bethesda and its parent company, ZeniMax, was acquired by Microsoft in September 2020.

Prior to E3 in a Bloomberg interview, Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, said that the company would honor the contracts already in place for games like Deathloop and GhostWire Tokyo. Moving forward, though, Bethesda’s new releases would be exclusive to Xbox hardware and systems that support Xbox Game Pass.

todd howard
Todd Howard opened Xbox’s E3 showcase with Starfield this year

However, in an interview with The Telegraph, Todd Howard spoke on the notion of how fans who were looking forward to Starfield are going to feel now that the game is not going to be coming to the PS5. 

“You don’t ever want to leave people out, right? But at the end of the day, your ability to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the platforms I want to make it on, and being able to really lean in on those is going to make for a better product.”

Howard also alluded to the fact that there still may be a possibility that the game will make its way over to PlayStation consoles at some point, as he noted, “I will just say I want everybody to have the ability to play it in some fashion.” 

What this entirely means is unknown as of now, but there is hope that there may be some port over to PlayStation consoles if Bethesda/Xbox and Sony can work out some sort of deal when Starfield releases in November 2022. 

So, there you have it. That’s everything we’ve heard and seen from Starfield so far. We’ll continue to update this story with any more official information and leaked details in the future.

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