Bethesda Game Studios has officially announced that its upcoming sci-fi RPG, Starfield, has gone gold ahead of its big launch this September. Additionally, Bethesda also revealed the preload times for Xbox Series X/S and PC players along with a pretty massive install size, though nothing out of the ordinary for most AAA games today.
Starfield going gold means that the main development of the game has been completed and it’s ready to move to manufacturing. As for preloads, Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC players who pre-purchased the game can start preloading from 17 August (today), while Steam players can start on 30 August. However, GamesRadar revealed that the initial install size for Starfield on PC is a whopping 140 GB, so make sure you have enough space before jumping into… space.
After several delays, we’re one step closer to finally playing Starfield. Bethesda and Xbox originally set a release date of 11 November 2022 for the game but it was delayed into the first half of 2023 along with Arkane’s Redfall. The anticipated RPG was hit with another delay that finally pushed it back to 6 September this year.
Bethesda and Xbox are also kicking off Starfield‘s marketing campaign. Earlier this week, Bethesda updated the game’s official website with a “Story So Far” chart that presents a clear timeline of events, important story beats and key characters before the current events in which the game’s narrative takes place. A few short animation videos were also released that added a bit more context to Starfield‘s world-building, corporations and expansive universe.
A previous report claimed that Microsoft was attempting to host some kind of interactive launch event for Starfield, though we’ve heard little about this yet.
Starfield launches on 6 September 2023 for Xbox Series X/S and PC. It will also arrive day one on Xbox Game Pass.