This indicates that the main development of the game has been completed, and that it’s ready to move to the manufacturing stage.
Starfield was originally scheduled to be released last November, but in May of 2022 the game was delayed to the first half of 2023.
Bethesda announced a further delay this March, with Starfield now set for release on September 6, 2023.
The Digital Premium Edition and the $300 Constellation Edition will come with the game’s first story expansion, Shattered Space, plus up to five days of early access beginning on September 1.
“Focusing on fewer platforms has been a big benefit to that team,” Bethesda publishing boss Pete Hines said in July. Being on more platforms would mean “it’s going to take longer, it’s going to cost more. It’s just a far greater risk in my mind.”
Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty claimed in June that if Starfield were released then, it “would already have the fewest bugs of any Bethesda game ever shipped”.