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Starfield seemingly targeting 2021 release, Bethesda considering summer reveal

The latest rumor regarding Bethesda’s major next-gen sci-fi release seems to suggest it could be revealed this year, with Starfield targeting a 2021 launch date (if Covid-19 doesn't get in the way).

This time, the rumor comes from industry veteran and VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb, who has got a history of spilling the beans about unannounced projects.

During a Dealer Gaming stream, Grubb noted that he believes there is a '90% chance' the game will be revealed around E3, and then subsequently launched sometime around November. It stands to reason, then, that Bethesda could be be revealing the game around E3 time at its own event.

As is now customary for a Grubb comment that gets spun out into stories, the journalist has since clarified his comments on Twitter. "Can we not make it sound so certain," he replied to a Resetera thread stating his comments as fact. "I gave a percentage. Here's a better headline: Microsoft and Bethesda want to unveil Starfield this year, but people want lots of things". It's worth noting that the percentage in question was indeed 90%, though.

Following Bethesda’s $7.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft, there has been mass speculation that neither Starfield nor The Elder Scrolls 6 will come to platforms other than PC and Xbox, but that has yet to be confirmed by Bethesda.

Starfield was revealed at E3 2018 and is set to come out before The Elder Scrolls 6. It will also be the first game to show off "the biggest overhaul on Bethesda's engine, maybe even larger than Morrowind to Oblivion,” as per Bethesda's own Todd Howard.

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