Bethesda's Groundbreaking RPG, Starfield, Launches Amidst Excitement and Confusion
The much-anticipated release of Starfield is officially set for September 6 across PC, Xbox Series consoles, and Game Pass. However, the launch details have been somewhat complicated due to factors like time zones, multiple editions, and early access arrangements. If fortune has favored you (and you've invested in its special editions), you might already be engrossed in Bethesda's eagerly awaited RPG—some gamers have been playing as early as 5 p.m. on August 31 in California.
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Starfield: A Journey Five Years in Making
Announced in 2018, alongside Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield has been stirring up excitement for over half a decade now. This game marks Bethesda’s first major single-player RPG since the 2015 release of Fallout 4, and its first new IP in over 20 years. Promising a vast universe with over 1,000 worlds crafted by hand and through procedural generation, Starfield's main quest could take players over 50 hours to complete. This is indeed a massive game.
Understanding Starfield's Release Schedule
There has been a degree of confusion around the actual availability of this colossal game. While it is included in Xbox Game Pass, members do not automatically get early access, which runs from September 1 to September 5. To get in on the action early, you must have purchased one of the special editions.
Choosing Your Starfield Edition
Starfield is available in four versions: the Standard edition, Premium edition, Upgraded Game Pass Premium edition, and the high-end Constellation edition. To experience Starfield five days before its official launch, you need to purchase either the Premium or Constellation editions. Game Pass members or those who have bought the basic game can upgrade to the Premium version and enjoy early access.
When to Expect Starfield's Early Access?
Here's a quick breakdown:
- Early access to Starfield began on September 1, provided you bought one of the special editions or upgraded your copy, at 12:00 UTC.
- Gamers residing in the United States, Canada, or South America with early access could start playing on August 31. In California, Starfield became playable as early as 5:00 p.m. PDT.
- On September 6, Standard edition owners or Game Pass subscribers can start playing at 12:00 UTC.
- Due to time zones, residents of the United States, Canada, or South America can start playing on September 5. Californian gamers can start as early as 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Preload Starfield Now
To optimize your Starfield gaming time, you can preload the RPG on Xbox and Steam right now. The game is exclusive to these platforms and is not available on PlayStation 5, Switch or Xbox One. However, ensure you have enough space on your SSD as Starfield requires about 139 gigabytes on PC and 126 gigs on Xbox Series X/S consoles.
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