Starfield early access players rage as game doesn’t work at launch

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Starfield early access isn’t working for players on either Xbox or PC and social media is having a meltdown over it.

Continuing the legendary Bethesda Game Studios traditions, Starfield refuses to work at the launch of its early access period. Players are discovering the “You’re too early” message even 30 minutes after what should have been Starfield’s global launch time. Early Access was supposed to begin at 4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. ET on August 31, and 12 a.m. BST on September 1, 2023.

Players paid for early access either by purchasing the $100 Premium Edition or by getting the “Premium Upgrade” via Xbox Game Pass for $35. Despite that paying up, players now find themselves twiddling their thumbs, waiting, and angrily posting on social media.

Why isn’t Starfield working?

It’s not known why Starfield refuses to launch for early access players. There is no official announcement by either Bethesda Game Studios or Microsoft yet. 

Players online are expressing their disappointment as Starfield was declared the “least buggy” Bethesda game ever by Xbox representatives. The initial wave of review scores for Starfield are mixed for the game, with some loving it and others calling it an average affair

Starfield reviews

Restarting the Xbox console isn’t helping either. Some fans have reported changing their timezone to no avail. Many fans were expecting to be playing the game but are instead looking at the same screen they would’ve been met with a week prior. 

“We know you really want to get started, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Check Microsoft Store for the launch date,” the pop-up reads.

Clicking the “See In Microsoft Store” button leads to the Starfield store page, but there’s no apparent solution to this issue.

The Starfield digital artbook works

In a cruel twist, the Starfield artbook works flawlessly. The digital version of the artbook is available to be browsed while players wait for the actual game to launch on their machines. 

Starfield Artbook

Many reviews call Starfield “a true Bethesda game” and it seems they are right. Bethesda Game Studios titles are famous for their bugs and glitches. Titles including Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim had major issues that resulted in unbeatable quests, dead NPCs, and more.

However, launch woes don’t necessarily mean it’s a bad game. The PC version of Elden Ring famously had problems on day one. 

Players will have to wait a while longer to find out if Starfield can live up to any of those games, though. Those who took time out of their schedule to play Starfield are left pressing the A button on their controllers or clicking the launch button on Steam with no ETA in sight.

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Written by Bilawal Bashir

Bilawal is a software engineer who loves video games, comic books, and anime. But he will never love pineapple on pizza. In over two decades of gaming, he has only broken two controllers. His work has also been featured by TheGamer and WhatIfGaming.

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