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Todd Howard says that Bethesda is "putting the finishing touches on Starfield"

From Games Radar: "Starfield, Bethesda's first new IP in 25 years was recently delayed from November 11, 2022, and given a TBC 2023 release window. Naturally, this made some players worry about how production was progressing on what is arguably the most anticipated upcoming Xbox Series X games. Thankfully, Bethesda Game Studios' game director and executive producer confirmed that the studio has almost completed its work on the game, during a media briefing ahead of E3 2022: "We're putting the finishing touches on Starfield, which is an incredible opportunity for us," says Howard.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer also says that he believes Starfield will be seen as a "hallmark" of the ZeniMax Media acquisition, which was completed in March 2021 and brought teams like Arkane, Bethesda, MachineGames, and id Software into Xbox Game Studios.

"Starfield for me is a unique opportunity. Todd Howard has been a friend for an awful long time, and the fact that Bethesda Game Studios is working on a new IP, which has been a long time [coming]... This will be a hallmark for us – in terms of the acquisition of ZeniMax, getting to work with Todd, and bringing this game to market." "

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Christopher720d ago

Nothing new or worthwhile past the title. The rest of what they say is usual marketing jargon we hear almost weekly as it is.

SullysCigar720d ago

Thanks for saving me the time.

Tbh, my instinct was to stop reading after "Todd Howard says" given what's transpired in the past.

VenomUK720d ago

Something doesn't add up. If the game is genuinely having the 'finishing touches' added (meaning near-complete and having final tuning adjustments) then surely it should meet the original 11th November release date? Does this mean Starfield was prematurely delayed by Microsoft out of an abundance of caution following the Halo Infinite criticism and it will actually surprise everything at its 'E3' presentation with a release this year?

Obscure_Observer720d ago

"Tbh, my instinct was to stop reading after "Todd Howard says" given what's transpired in the past."

And yet here you are for a game that is nothing but his idea, concept, executive production, direction and overall vision. :/

Not sure who should be trusted this days.

porkChop720d ago

@Venom
"If the game is genuinely having the 'finishing touches' added (meaning near-complete and having final tuning adjustments) then surely it should meet the original 11th November release date?"

Bethesda have a track record of releasing buggy games and fixing them after launch. With the Xbox acquisition they could maybe be looking to turn a new leaf. So maybe Bethesda and Xbox want to delay it and avoid the usual launch issues.

Also since this is a current gen-only game they might want to take extra time to optimize performance and polish up the graphics. I'm sure they want Starfield to be a showcase and the start of a new era for Bethesda.

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VenomUK720d ago

@porkChop Yes, you’re likely right. The game could be done and the rest of the time is big squeaking and optimisation. But I will still be keeping my fingers crossed until Sunday that there could be a good surprise!

anubusgold719d ago

@VenomUK Have you played their games they are always full of bugs that they have to patch out later . Like the oblivion infinite gold glitch, or the copy item glitch or the flying glitch most of their glitches are fun and break the game but bethesda always goes back and patches out the fun bugs.

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crazyCoconuts720d ago

Isn't the release date now 1H23? Is he referring to the finishing touches for the demo this weekend?

Christopher720d ago

With the scope of this game, I'm assuming they mean that the core/foundation/main outline of the game is set in stone and they are now "cleaning it up and adding/fixing side stuff." So, no more major development that will change the game from what it is, just finishing content, fixing bugs, and optimizing engine elements.

Zhipp720d ago

Polishing on a game like this takes a really long time. I heard it was content-complete back when the last teaser released. If they weren't already "putting the finishing touches" right now, then I wouldnt expect a release until late 2023 at the earliest

neutralgamer1992720d ago

Less talking more showing simple as that. I am not saying he is lying but it's past due now, at this rate will not get another fallout till 2030

VenomCarnage89720d ago

They're creating more bugs so the game doesn't launch with too few of them

dumahim720d ago

Todd Howard fits right in with the rest of the empty talking heads at MS.

Also, finishing touches? Didn't it get delayed to next year?

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Bhuahahaha720d ago

they putting on the finishing touches and leave the bug fixing to the modders 😁

DarXyde720d ago

Honestly, you're probably right. Damn near a certainty.

It makes you wonder though. Why delay if we're talking about finishing touches? Sounds like they were told not to release it yet. Eke out more from game pass subs before releasing? That has become my default assumption for all things Microsoft.

Obscure_Observer720d ago

"Honestly, you're probably right. Damn near a certainty."

Don´t be ridiculous. They´re first party now. They carry the Xbox brand now. There´ll be bugs as every single open world game has. Let alone a game of such unprecedented scale, Bethesda biggest game thus far. So yes, to have bugs is a given.

But to say that MS will allow Bethesda to leave the game broken to modders to fix, is disingenuous af.

SullysCigar720d ago

Perhaps they delayed it because Ragnarok is coming...?

DarXyde720d ago (Edited 720d ago )

Obscure_Observer,

"Don´t be ridiculous. They´re first party now. They carry the Xbox brand now."

Never have I ever felt that Microsoft has ever been that concerned about their reputation in gaming. Nintendo, absolutely. They use to do the whole 'Nintendo Seal of Quality' thing. Their games are still quite polished. Playstation games haven't had many issues to my recollection, though I do remember some weird stuff happening in The Last of Us Remastered in terms of glitches.

"There´ll be bugs as every single open world game has. Let alone a game of such unprecedented scale, Bethesda biggest game thus far. So yes, to have bugs is a given."

Here we go, setting the narrative for the issues that are coming. It's almost like you know there will be issues and you're already dismissing them because the game is so grandiose and ambitious. Maybe you should see actual gameplay before coming to that conclusion based on what Todd Howard (of all people!) says, yeah? Let's take the people involved at their word for a moment... Bethesda could never manage to get their act together on smaller scales... And you think they're going to magically improve with a bigger scale? On new hardware? Ok.

"But to say that MS will allow Bethesda to leave the game broken to modders to fix, is disingenuous af."

Didn't it take them a month to fix shooting in not just a shooter, but the shooter that is the identity of the Xbox brand? You don't have to go that far back to find an example of administrative negligence. Honestly, I don't know where this unfounded optimism comes from. What is Microsoft going to do if they don't fix the problems? Fire people? Close the studio?

It's Bethesda. As long as they push out profitable games, I doubt Microsoft cares.

Obscure_Observer720d ago (Edited 720d ago )

"Never have I ever felt that Microsoft has ever been that concerned about their reputation in gaming."

The way you feel about Microsoft really doesn´t matter when the numbers are against you. So feel free to fight it:

https://www.metacritic.com/...

"Here we go, setting the narrative for the issues that are coming. It's almost like you know there will be issues and you're already dismissing them because the game is so grandiose and ambitious."

There´re absolutely ZERO open world game that is glitch/bug-free at release date, ZERO! If you don´t know that by now, you know nothing about open world games.

"Bethesda could never manage to get their act together on smaller scales... And you think they're going to magically improve with a bigger scale? On new hardware? Ok."

This is nothing but natural evolution. Todd Howard is a veteran developer and Starfield is gonna be amazing. If Starfield turn out to be worst than Fallout 4, then I´ll get back to you and admit that you were right all along.

Now, the question is: Would you do the same or would you play coy and hide behind hypocrisy? Time will tell.

"Honestly, I don't know where this unfounded optimism comes from."

Maybe because the initial lineup of Xbox Series games has better metascores and overall gamer´s reviews than Xbox One´s. Quality is definitely improving, but feel free and deny facts.

"It's Bethesda. As long as they push out profitable games, I doubt Microsoft cares."

If that´s was the case, Starfield would be released on Playstation, it would be a live service game and Microsoft would released that game ready or not to please investors, shareholders and the board of directors instead of face them and delay the game.

But that´s not the case at all, is it? If you want to downplay Microsoft, at least speak sense.

DarXyde720d ago

Obscure_Observer,

I'm gonna light you up now.

"The way you feel about Microsoft really doesn´t matter when the numbers are against you. So feel free to fight it:

https://www.metacritic.com/...

Speaking of disingenuous, if your point is to say that they outperformed Sony according to metacritic, I sure hope so. Considering most of last year's Sony published lineup were rereleases, they better. Last year simply wasn't a good year for PlayStation. Microsoft had an unusually good year, but this year will be a better comparison. Sony is releasing big games this year and Microsoft has bought enough publishers where I can't imagine they won't have big games launch this year.

"There´re absolutely ZERO open world game that is glitch/bug-free at release date, ZERO! If you don´t know that by now, you know nothing about open world games."

This is a muppet take if I've ever seen one and you're blatantly misrepresenting my point. Where do I even imply that it is possible to launch without bugs? I'm telling you that Bethesda is very well known for their problems. They are literally called "Bugthesda". My point is, if they can't even manage their current worlds well, what makes you think expanding the scope and scale will be manageable because Microsoft owns them now? It's mental and unfounded.

"This is nothing but natural evolution. Todd Howard is a veteran developer and Starfield is gonna be amazing. If Starfield turn out to be worst than Fallout 4, then I´ll get back to you and admit that you were right all along."

Umm... Todd Howard is a veteran. Sure. But I have to ask if we're talking about the same Todd Howard. He's not exactly known for modesty or releasing games in pristine condition.

"Now, the question is: Would you do the same or would you play coy and hide behind hypocrisy? Time will tell."

It's almost like this bloke isn't even paying attention... I'm very open in my praise of Xbox when it's warranted and my criticism of playstation and Nintendo when it's warranted. Go find some hot takes I've had about PlayStation or Nintendo. Not a challenging undertaking, Mr. "In Phil we trust."

"Maybe because the initial lineup of Xbox Series games has better metascores and overall gamer´s reviews than Xbox One´s. Quality is definitely improving, but feel free and deny facts."

Love the assumptions, lad. You're doing great. No one's denying that, but I think many gamers contend that's a very low bar. And again with the metascores. Play your games and grow an opinion of your own, yeah?

"If that´s was the case, Starfield would be released on Playstation, it would be a live service game and Microsoft would released that game ready or not to please investors, shareholders and the board of directors instead of face them and delay the game.

But that´s not the case at all, is it? If you want to downplay Microsoft, at least speak sense."

Counterpoint: it is an exclusive that is going to be day one on game pass. Ecosystem buy-in+recurring sub and you've got the benefit of a live service game. I also don't think it's going to be a forever exclusive. I genuinely don't. If anything, a delay is a sign that it's not as far along as they say or my Microsoft senses are that they are content to delay content until they get more game pass subs or receive some arbitrary revenue goal.

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Skywalker333720d ago

@DarXyde, FYI the Nintendo Seal of Quality had nothing to do with the quality of the game, it only meant that that game and publisher/developer had gotten the licence from Nintendo to publish this game at their console.
They did it because a lot of companies were publishing games back then without getting official licence (extremely common during the atari, 8bit and 16bit era from many MANY companies). So the seal of quality didn't really mean anything more apart from the publisher paying for the licence. But it was a nice marketing trick that made the people believe that anything with the seal was of high quality :)

Just a piece of gaming history because you mentioned it, thats all. Carry on ;)

DarXyde719d ago

You know the strange thing about this?

I knew that and I entirely forgot that. Cheers for pointing that out though, mate.

SinisterKieran720d ago

todd howard speaking is always a mistake.

LoveSpuds719d ago

Yup, who honestly listens to a word out of that guys mouth at this point.....other than Obscure Observer obviously 🙄

Gardenia719d ago

I have a funny feeling this game isn't going to be good.

Wrex369720d ago (Edited 720d ago )

AKA Phil flew out there probably saw the build, asked if they were confident, and Todd in a former self would have felt pressure to say yes from Zenimax, now was just honest with Phil about the current confidence with the general devs because if Phil allows Halo, one of the major tent poles for Xbox, to get delayed to get to a better place before launch then you can bet Todd felt like he could ask for a delay too. End of story.

AmUnRa720d ago

And Halo is still a mess...

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Wrex369720d ago

Depends who you ask really. Haven't played it so I don't know but I know it was delayed.