There's been a lot of talk about Bethesda's spacefaring RPG in the last few months. With a recent copyright notice appearing on ZeniMax's website and those leaked screenshots from September, many have wondered when we'll finally get our hands on this anticipated game.
As per VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb, reports last month indicated there was a "90% chance" we'd see Starfield revealed this summer, with a 2021 release date. Now, we've received word from industry insider Rand Al Thor that those previous reports might be correct.
Rumours Suggest Starfield Will Be An Xbox Exclusive, Microsoft Planning A Holiday 2021 Release
Speaking on the recent Xbox Two podcast, he talked about Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda (around 1:34:10), claiming that they're trying their hardest to get this shipped in time for the holiday season.
"I've been told, by very reliable people that Starfield was 100% an Xbox exclusive. I've even made bets about it, and I don't bet unless I know I'm willing to bet. So I'm really, really confident that Starfield is only releasing on Xbox when it does, and I've been told as well that Microsoft is trying their hardest to get the game out for this holiday. They really want Starfield out this holiday.
The game's basically sort of finished - it's in bug squashing mode right now, very much like Halo Infinite, and it would be a big boon for Game Pass and Xbox if both Halo and Starfield could launch this fall."
Considering Bethesda's previous release pattern for Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, the late reveal seems a likely strategy. As for Xbox exclusivity, considering the money Microsoft has spent and Phil Spencer stating Bethesda games will appearance on platforms "where Game Pass exists" - we wouldn't be surprised if this is true.