Xbox boss Phil Spencer comments on Starfield and Redfall delays

By Sean Carey,

If you somehow missed it, Starfield and Redfall have been delayed to the first half of 2023. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now commented on these delays, saying that Xbox Game Studios must "work better to meet expectations."

Both Starfield and Redfall were delayed to next year, with Bethesda saying that Arkane and Bethesda Game Studios "have incredible ambitions for their games, and we want to ensure that you receive the best, most polished versions of them." The news has come as a disappointment to many Xbox players and leaves a couple of big gaps in Xbox Game Studio's release schedule for this year.

Starfield and Redfall pushed back to 2023

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer later addressed Bethesda's announcement. Spencer said, "These decisions are hard on teams making the games and our fans. While I fully support giving teams time to release these great games when they are ready, we hear the feedback.

"Delivering quality and consistency is expected," Spencer said. "We will continue to work to better meet those expectations."

Starfield, which is one of the most highly-anticipated Xbox exclusives, was due to launch on November 11th, while first-person shooter Redfall was down for a summer 2022 release. The delays mean that Xbox-exclusive releases are now looking a bit thin on the ground for the remainder of the year. It will be interesting to see if or how Microsoft will plug those gaps in its release schedule and how it will approach its Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase in June.

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with the latest gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.