Star field includes a bittersweet tribute to a longtime fan who never got to play the game.
App developer Alex Hay “followed the [Starfield] project for years,” but realized that the sci-fi adventure’s final delay, announced earlier this year, likely meant he could never play it.
“I’m a little disappointed with the date reveal because I’ve been following this project for years and now it looks like I won’t be able to play it anymore,” wrote Hay on Reddit when the delay was confirmed.
“I was disappointed with the delay in November as I had stopped my lung cancer treatment (at 35, never smoked) in September and was looking forward to it being a distraction.
“Now I’m under [end of life] caring, being looked after by my parents and playing my Xbox is a great form of escapism for me, but staying another six months is unlikely so…enjoy it for me”!
Just a month after Hay left this message, an alleged friend of Alex’s made a post confirming that Hay sadly passed away in March.
“In the last few months it was 100%. The Hogwarts Legacy, Elden Ring and I put more than 1000 hours into it Rimworld on PC”, Simon Roberts he wrote. “We would play COD Warzone AND Escape from Tarkov. Basically, the boy loved games and was the nicest, funniest boy he knows.
If there is anyone from Bethesda who would like to put it Star field or a [Elder Scrolls] game, feel free to contact us.”
While there hasn’t been any public response from Bethesda, it appears that someone has actually reached out to us, as yesterday a fan who remembered Hay’s post found a note from him within the game itself.
“To all my friends and fellow explorers,” begins the note, titled “Note from Alex Hay.”
“I’m always with you, out there in the star field. I always love you, Alex Hay.”
If that hasn’t cheered you up a bit, you’re made of stronger stuff than me. To see it for yourself in the game, check out the right side when you enter the Eye.
TRG Editor-in-Chief Jake believes “Star field is a technically solid, system-rich RPG that plays well with a surprising degree of polish compared to previous Bethesda RPGs,” but added that “nevertheless, Star field it has no sense of character and the story lacks impact.”
Assigning it 4 out of 5 stars in our Star field revisionwe praised its “infinite amount of things to explore,” deep skill system, and excellent starship combat, but thought its mediocre combat, scrappy writing, and “soulless” atmosphere held it back from a score of 5/5.
If you’re still not sure, don’t forget you can try Star field yourself when it debuts on Xbox Game Pass. Only time will tell if it will come to ours the best games on Game Pass list though…
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