According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Starfield, Bethesda’s new sci-fi RPG, is most likely going to be released in late 2022.
This comes after several rumors regarding Starfield’s late 2021 release surfaced online.
Starfield was first announced by Bethesda in E3 2018, while they were still working on two projects - the multiplayer-only Fallout 76, and the mobile-focused The Elder Scrolls: Blades.
Starfield's reveal in 2021 and release in 2022 would be a departure from the usual Bethesda formula
The rumor about Starfield’s 2021 release date gained traction as a corollary to Starfield’s expected presence at E3 2021. Since Fallout 4 in 2015, Bethesda has created a tradition of revealing a game in the summer, before releasing it in the winter of the same year.
However, things have apparently changed in the case of Starfield, and industry insiders suspect that Microsoft has something to do with it. For the uninitiated, Microsoft acquired Bethesda Game Studio’s parent company, Zenimax Media, in September 2020, in a $7.5 billion deal.
With the late 2022 release window in mind, the Starfield reveal of E3 2021 is most likely to be a story trailer. This can help Bethesda in getting people acquainted with the new world of Starfield, which in contrast to Fallout or Elder Scrolls, is a brand new IP.
Quakecon 2021, which is slated to run from June 19th to 21st, can also serve as the next step in more Starfield development news from Bethesda.
As MrMattyPlays summed up in his video regarding Starfield’s release, the 2021 vs 2022 release date debacle might have arisen due to the different sources used by industry insiders. But as Jason Schreier has pointed out, "the people making the game," that is, the Bethesda devs, have pretty much agreed on a late 2022 release.
Schreier pointed out:
“The bulk of Bethesda Game Studios, including the MD office, was working on Fallout 76 until it launched. Starfield's team was very small until 2019. Rumors that the game was planned for 2020 or far into production then are just not true.”