Starfield was announced by Bethesda in a very short teaser which didn’t reveal anything about the game except its name. The game appeared out of nowhere and it’s been rumored to be in development since 2015 but Todd Howard reveals that it’s been a lot more than that.
Bethesda starting working on Starfield after finishing the production of Fallout 4 but the game was an idea at Bethesda since at least 2004. Todd Howard told VentureBeat that they always talked about the game time to time until the end of Fallout 4.
Todd Howard said:
“We just talked about it, and then I guess it really picked up steam — we’re going to do this, register the trademark, about five years ago,” Howard said. “Then we would talk about it from time to time during that period. What are we going to do? And we started work right after Fallout 4 was finished.”
Starfield was revealed to the fans in 2013 when Bethesda filed a copyright for it and has continued to renew its rights till now. Starfield came into existence in 2004 when Bethesda was looking for new ideas and a sci-fi game.
Bethesda has confirmed that when Fallout 76 turns gold, it will start focusing on the production of Starfield with a dedicated crew. Bethesda also explained that they announced the game so early to not disappoint anyone and as it makes life a little bit easier for them too.
Starfield is also a single player experience which will calm the fans who didn’t like the idea of Fallout 76 being completely online so it turns out that the early announcement was a good strategy for the team to achieve the trust of the players.
Bethesda is working on Starfield with current gen in mind and the game is expected to release not at least by 2020.