Starfield will be shown “next Summer” according to Bethesda Game Studios head Todd Howard. This was revealed during his Reddit AMA that is taking place a day before Skyrim celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
Specifically, Howard responded to a question asking about Starfield and if it will drive innovation and set the bar for RPGs. Howard says “We prefer to just show it, which should be next Summer”.
Anyone who has paid attention to the patterns of Bethesda Game Studios should not be surprised by this announcement. Bethesda loves to hold their cards close to the chest and only show full gameplay months prior to release. Seeing Starfield during Summer of 2022, or in this case E3, was always the obvious bet.