There's been a lot of speculation already this year about whether Bethesda's mysterious upcoming Starfield game will release in 2021 - or even be revealed in 2021 - and another rumour about this surfaced over the weekend.
According to Xbox Era's Shpeshal_Ed, as highlighted on the latest Xbox Era Podcast, Microsoft has already purchased advertising time for Starfield in 2021, suggesting (but not confirming) that it could release this year.
"The reason I believe Starfield is [coming out in] 2021 is because Microsoft have already purchased ad time for it. For 2021. So, that is why I have always said I think it's 2021... It's not a guarantee of anything, don't get me wrong, they had done marketing deals for Halo Infinite as well."
"If you think logically about when they would have bought this ad time, it would have been during the pandemic. So if they’re buying ad time for a game to come out in 2021, during the pandemic, then obviously they must be aware of something we’re not."
There have been rumours in recent months that Starfield is expected to at least make some kind of appearance at E3 next month, but until now it's seemed a bit hit-and-miss about whether it'll actually release this year.
We'll probably have to wait until Xbox's and Bethesda's press conferences at E3 for any kind of official indication on this, but in the meantime the rumours will most likely continue as we get closer and closer to that event.
Do you think we'll see the release of Starfield in 2021? Give us your thoughts down in the comments.
I think the ideal situation for Xbox is they have the following games for the fall period;
I think that would be a killer line-up and would probably beat anything PS5 has lined up.
@blinx01 Don't forget Psychonauts 2 and The Gunk! Granted, Psychonauts is coming to other systems as well but I think Microsoft will push it more on Xbox.
But yeah, I can definitely see Starfield coming out this year. Microsoft likes to have cards up their sleeves and this one would fit that bill. Nobody would expect it coming so soon and that would cause so much excitement in the gaming community.
Yep. I didn't mention those as I think some of those will be summer games like Psychonauts 2 and Flight Sim.
The game's I mentioned are the one's I think MS will push for the fall marketing campaign.
Could be an exciting 2nd half of the year either way!
If all those turn up this fall, which is possible it will be great for gaming and series x.
Starfield at E3 confirmed..
@blinx01 Agreed with that line up. I would like to see Helblade 2 in there to, but I'm almost feeling greedy if I'm asking for that after all those games. Either way, it's going to be an excellent year for Xbox, I have no doubt.
I'm leaning towards 2022 for release but definitely present at E3 2021. People would want to subscribe to Game Pass for longer if there's stuff to look forward to all year round meanwhile if you closely pack them together people are more likely to buy 1 or 3 months and then let the subscription expire.
October - December 2021 already has Halo Infinite and probably a Forza game in addition to rumoured big 3rd party day 1 releases so Starfield would probably help Game Pass more if it released in early/Spring 2022.
I'd rather have it done right, instead of right now.
@blinx01 yeah agree with that lineup, MS has made great strides in improving their service and the platform as a whole. What they need now is the games to go with it, I think they need at least some sort of 1st party or exclusive game a month up until Christmas.
That could include things like Psychonauts 2 as they own the studio now, and things like Flight Sim too.
How do they know the ad-time is for this game specifically?
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