November 17th, 2022 at 08:01 by Jusuf Hatic – The postponement of the Starfield release to the first half of 2023 has caused some resentment in the community. Xbox boss Phil Spencer justifies this decision, however.
Originally, Bethesda’s space RPG Starfield should have celebrated its release on November 11, 2022 – as is well known, nothing came of it. In May 2022, the publisher announced that Starfield would be postponed to an unspecified date in the first half of 2023 and was criticized for the decision. Xbox boss Phil Spencer can understand the displeasure at this, but justified the measure in the decoder podcast of the portal The Verge.
We have experience with releasing games too early, but with games as big as Starfield the decision to give the development team more time is the right one, so that they can develop the game the way they want it to be. While the Xbox team is aware of the financial consequences of postponing a release, the Zenimax team – the parent company behind Skyrim publisher Bethesda, acquired by Microsoft in January 2021 – should feel fully supported by Microsoft.
Finally, according to Spencer, the development of Starfield has now progressed to a playable state. At the same time, however, one wants to take the pressure off the development teams and give them the feeling that they “hold their destiny in their own hands” – this would lead to better results. Accordingly, Microsoft is also waiting patiently for the signal from the creative minds behind Starfield that the game is ready.
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What: The Verge