We've delved into some of the more detailed details of the Starfield trailer that premiered today on the E3 showcase of Microsoft and Bethesda. And there are a lot of little clues in the trailer that could tell us more about Starfield, which is slated to release in November 2022.
But an eagle-eyed fan on Reddit I noticed a small detail that could point to Bethesda’s other role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls 6, which was not mocked or even mentioned in today’s showcase (contrary to what some went predict).
As the pilot of the trailer sits down and begins to prepare for takeoff, his eyes may have been misdirected by his busy gloved hands giving the switches to his futuristic console. But you should have been ignoring all the lights and buttons and focusing on the far right of the screen, the edge from the console, where there is a strange scratch on the white paint, just above the handrail and under the screw:
Okay, it still can't look so good there, but we're fond of expanding a single frame in Photoshop:
It’s a very unusual scratch, to put it mildly, and one would think it should be deliberately done by an artist who worked on modeling the ship’s console. But what shape does this have?
Well, it is speculated that the strip is shaped like Iliac Bay, a body of water between High Rock and Hammerfell in The Elder Scrolls, sometimes called Starfall Bay.
Falling stars? Starfield? Everything makes sense.
Well, maybe possibly everything makes sense. Let's take a look at the scratch next to a map of Iliac Bay from The Elder Scrolls unofficial wiki.
I mean … a little? I can definitely see the bay and the shape of the terrain around it is quite similar. At the same time, it feels like a stretch. People are mistaken if they think this is how Bethesda tells us where The Elder Scrolls 6 takes place, with a scratch on a spaceship.
But then I remember that scratches don’t show up in things in video games unless an artist puts them on, and it’s a weird scratch to draw for no reason. High Rock and Hammerfell are already theorized as possible locations for The Elder Scrolls 6. Maybe the scratch tells us something.
No, it's just a scratch. Drawn specifically by someone. For a reason. It's the bay! Or … it's not. Because that would be a stretch. But then … Maybe.