Todd Howard writes internal thank you letter to Xbox, Bethesda teams ahead of Starfield launch

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Todd Howard has penned an internal memo for staff at Microsoft, Xbox and Bethesda just ahead of Starfield’s early access release. The letter begins,

I knocked on Robert Altman’s door. “Got a few minutes?”


It was early 2013, we were developing Fallout 4, and Skyrim was still enjoying enormous success. I was there to pitch him on our next game. It would not be a sequel to our current games, (he looked concerned), but a grand space RPG and our first new IP in over 25 years (looks curious). It would delve into creation and the search for our place in the universe (slight twinkle). You would explore the galaxy in ways only video games can do. And it would be called – Starfield. (Smile)

“Sounds fantastic.”

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Howard continued by saying that “Robert would be the very first to believe in us, no matter the situation.”

Altman, who was one of Zenimax’ co-founders, passed away in 2021. And while he didn’t live to see the project come to fruition, Howard made sure to give recognition to Altman and all those without whom Starfield would never have happened, saying “It’s incredible to be at the moment where Starfield is finally launching this week. It only exists because everyone else believed as well.”

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Indeed the launch of Starfield will mark one of the most important occasions in Bethesda’s history, and both Xbox and Bethesda have a lot riding on the game, which is one of the most anticipated releases of the last decade.

In the letter Howard also acknowledges Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer specifically, thanking him for his support of “every game and every player.” The letter ends with a thank you to the “Xbox and Bethesda family.”

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Your enthusiasm and encouragement have meant the world to us. Creating this game has been one of the most challenging and thrilling experiences of our careers – a journey we’ll never forget.

Starfield reviews are about to go live as the embargo lifts later today. No matter the outcome, the release of a game of the size, scope and ambition of Starfield is a monumental achievement for Bethesda Softworks and the team at Xbox. Here’s hoping it lives up to our expectations!

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Via Windows Central

Featured image via Game World Observer.