A touching internal memo from Todd Howard, the director of Starfield, leaked online ahead of the game’s early access launch on September 1, 2023. In the memo, Howard recounts the long and winding road to creating Starfield, which has been in development since 2013. He expresses gratitude to the teams at Bethesda, ZeniMax, Xbox, and Microsoft for their contributions, and he pays special tribute to the late Robert A. Altman, the founder of ZeniMax Media, who supported the project until his passing in 2021.
Howard also writes about the challenges that the team faced during development, such as the global pandemic and Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda. However, he says that these challenges only made the team more determined to create something special. He concludes the memo by saying that he is proud of what the team has accomplished, and he is excited for players to experience Starfield.
Here is an excerpt from the memo:
“I knocked on Robert Altman’s door. ‘Got a few minutes?’ ‘Sure.’ I pitched him Starfield. He listened intently, then leaned back in his chair and said, ‘Sounds fantastic.’
That was it. We were off to the races.
Starfield has been a long and winding road. We’ve made other games along the way, but it’s always been there, in the back of our minds. We’ve faced challenges, like the global pandemic and the acquisition of Bethesda by Microsoft. But through it all, we’ve never wavered in our commitment to creating something special.
I’m so proud of what this team has accomplished. We’ve created a game that we’re truly passionate about, and we can’t wait for you to experience it.
Thank you to everyone who has helped bring Starfield to life. This is a dream come true for us, and we couldn’t have done it without you.”
The memo was leaked to the website PCGamesN, and it has since been picked up by other gaming news outlets. The leak has generated a lot of excitement for Starfield, and many fans are eager to see what the game has to offer.
Starfield is an open-world space RPG set in the 24th century. Players will create their own character and explore a vast galaxy, complete with over 100 star systems and thousands of planets. The game will feature a variety of quests, from simple fetch quests to epic space battles. It will also feature a robust character creation system, allowing players to customize their appearance, skills, and abilities.
Starfield is scheduled to launch on September 6, 2023 for PC and Xbox Series X/S. It will also be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one.