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Starfield Development History

The development of the Starfield game has been a long time in the making, with long stretches of time between reveals and updates in the early years. For more on Starfield’s Development History, read on below.

The first new intellectual property developed by Bethesda Game Studios in 25 years, Starfield is a hotly anticipated AAA single player, action role playing game which takes place across the vastness of space. This space exploration game will have many of the typical Bethesda game hallmarks – a robust main story and side quests, elaborate character creation, and an extraordinary amount of exploration. 


Starfield Development History

The title of Starfield was trademarked on September 13, 2013. This original trademark specifically covered the Good and Services for the video game itself. A later trademark filed on June 11, 2018 sought to cover the Good and Services related not only to the game itself, but now included additional coverage for many merchandisable goods.

The game was not officially announced to the public until the summer of 2018 at the E3 convention. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Starfield will be their first game based on new intellectual property in over two decades. Game Director Todd Howard has gone on the record stating that active development of the game had been ongoing since the release of Fallout 4 in late 2015. As of the announcement of the game in 2018, Howard said that the game was in a playable state.

Starfield Starship Art

In September 2020, Microsoft announced its acquisition of the parent company of Bethesda Game Studios, Zenimax, for $7.5 billion. It is likely due to this acquisition that the game will be exclusive to Microsoft Windows PCs and Xbox Series X/S.

At the E3 conference in 2021, during the combined Microsoft-Bethesda press event a release date of November 11, 2022 was announced. However, the following May Bethesda announced that they would be delaying the game’s release until the first half of 2023. No further comments on an official release date have been made.


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