Starfield fans are trying not to let Redfall’s mixed reception panic them about Bethesda’s next title

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Redfall's characters alongside a character from Starfield.
Credit: Bethesda.

For those who’ve invested thousands of hours into the likes of Skyrim and Fallout 4, the release of Starfield, which is now pencilled in for September 6, can’t come soon enough.

Regardless of what you want to see from the next showcase of Bethesda's venture into space, how many interstellar mods you plan to install once it arrives or whether you think you’ll be playing as ‘The Novakiin’, the idea of being able to delve into a freshly curated game has RPG lovers of all stripes intrigued.

However, a fair few of these would-be astronauts fans are currently trying to convince each other that the predominantly negative reception that the release of another Bethesda-published game, Redfall, is currently receiving, shouldn’t have them worrying about the prospects of their trip to space.

Has Redfall’s reception affected how you feel about Starfield?

Their interstellar unease forms the subject of a few recent threads on the Starfield subreddit, one of which was kicked off by a post from user Commercialismo, who asked their fellow spacers if they thought Redfall’s issues might have any “ramifications for Starfield”.

The response they received was largely composed of users pointing out that the two titles are developed by different studios and only connected by a shared publisher, an idea user Exo_soldier hammered home with their own post.

However, a couple of users retorted to the latter by arguing that they aren’t totally unrelated, with Winterscythe1120 saying: “That might be true, but my god does it reflect poorly on Bethesda as a publisher. Especially right before their next big release.” and c0cOa125 suggesting that Redfall’s reception might, fairly or not, undermine the expectations people have for Bethesda-published games now that it exists under the resource-heavy umbrella of Microsoft.

One of the threads on the Starfield subreddit.
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Meanwhile, in another thread, one user lamented that they now feel they have be invested in the affairs of the Xbox brand that Starfield’s marketing has become inseparable from, saying: “It just bums me out somewhat that it seems like we have to think about the wellbeing of Xbox as a whole (when talking about Starfield’s prospects), in addition to our personal (Bethesda) fandom.”

In response, user MagnusGallant23 recommended: “I was thinking about (muting) everything Starfield-related (in my online presence) on the day of release, but seeing (the) Redfall comments, I (now) feel like (doing so) at least one week before (it comes out)."


Regardless of whether you’re already on a social media hiatus to avoid the discourses that’ll inevitably follow any events that might be seen to affect Starfield in the run-up to its release, make sure to follow us for plenty of guides to both it and Redfall.

You can also check out our latest mods of the month for some killer Skyrim and Fallout mods that’ll help tide you over until it arrives.

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