Fans of Starfield have really created a social media campaign to get Bethesda to incorporate an in-game tribute to a fan who passed away from cancer before he could play the game.
Alex Hay previously said on Reddit that he was “gutted” to learn that Starfield had been delayed from its intended November 11, 2022 release date because it meant he would probably not be able to play it given that he had just stopped receiving treatment for lung cancer. As reported by the MacStories neighbourhood, where Hay was a prominent and successful resident, Hay passed away shortly after.
Many Starfield fans are dedicating to naming their ships and/or characters after Hay in honour over on Reddit where the tragic news was posted, but some think there’s a more extensive way to remember him. There is precedent for Bethesda honouring a deceased fan in a game, as the YouTube channel Light points out. Evan, a Fallout 4 character that can only be found in the Nuka-World expansion, is a tribute to a Reddit user’s sibling, a Fallout lover who passed away before Bethesda could offer a custom care package.
Earlier this month, the hashtag “AlexInStarfield” gained some popularity on Twitter, but it has since stopped working to grab Bethesda’s attention, at least publically. Some commenters have said that work on Starfield is probably nearing completion, which is accurate, but there’s always the chance that a tribute will be added in a post-launch update.
In this tribute from MacStories, you can learn more about Hay and his accomplishments in the world of app advancement. Additionally, if you’d like, you can donate in Alex’s honour to the American Cancer Society and Cancer Research UK.
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