Noticed by video game YouTuber and podcaster MrMattyPlays, it looks as though Bethesda has recently filed a new copyright for Starfield that is dated to 2021. While this might not mean a lot on its own, copyrights like this typically aren't filed until closer to a game's launch. In a subsequent message from one @klobrille on Twitter (which was assigned to Richard Hoeg), it was noted that copyright notices of this type usually come about "when the work is made available to the public without restriction." With that in mind, it seems like something would have to transpire with Starfield in 2021 for this to be true.
I guess it means *something* will happen with Starfield publicly this year?— Klobrille (@klobrille) April 23, 2021
"The general rule is that the year in a copyright notice is the year of first publication of the work. First publication is when the work is made available to the public without restriction." cc @HoegLaw https://t.co/MRShjRmqQI
The obvious thing to take away from this is that Starfield could absolutely be releasing in 2021. And if that were to happen, it wouldn't be the first time that we've heard murmurs about such a development. That being said, we're also living in a time where game development has become drastically more complicated due to the ongoing pandemic. So even if Bethesda intends to release Starfield in 2021, those plans could come crashing down quickly as the year progresses.
Still, the fact that a 2021 date has been now attached to the Starfield copyright means that we should definitely have more hope as the year advances. And if nothing else, perhaps this means we'll finally get confirmation within the next few months on which platforms the game will be coming to. For now, all we know for certain is that Starfield will absolutely release on Xbox and PC -- PlayStation consoles are still a lingering question.
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