Starfield, Bethesda’s highly-anticipated sci-fi RPG, has been the subject of much discussion and comparison within the gaming community. Before its release, it was often likened to “Skyrim in space,” drawing parallels to Bethesda’s immensely popular fantasy RPG. However, as players delved into the game, the comparisons shifted more towards “Oblivion in space,” emphasizing its similarities with the earlier installment of The Elder Scrolls series.
Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox, weighed in on this sentiment, echoing the idea that Starfield shares more commonalities with Oblivion than Skyrim. This shift in perception has led players to hunt for Easter eggs and references connecting Starfield to The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, a beloved classic released in 2006.
One such Easter egg was discovered in Hopetown, a city located on the planet Polvo in the Valo system. A Starfield player going by the name Wubb333 stumbled upon a shop named “The Best Defense” in Hopetown, a direct nod to a store of the same name in The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. In the older game, players had to visit the Imperial City’s Market District to find this store.
The beauty of Starfield’s vast open world is that players have the opportunity to explore it at their own pace. Hopetown, where “The Best Defense” is located, is home to multiple quests in Starfield. So, while players may eventually find themselves in Hopetown as part of their adventures, they can take their time to pay a visit to this nostalgic establishment.
Beyond this clear Oblivion reference, the Starfield universe is likely teeming with undiscovered Easter eggs waiting to be unearthed by intrepid players. These surprises could include more nods to Oblivion, references to other Bethesda games, or even nods to popular culture.
Indeed, the Starfield community has already stumbled upon Easter eggs referencing “Lord of the Rings” and real-life astronauts. Given the sheer scale of the game, it may take months or even years for fans to uncover all of its secrets. Additionally, future downloadable content (DLC) could further enrich the game with additional Easter eggs, ensuring that Starfield remains an exciting and ever-evolving universe for its dedicated player base.
For those eager to embark on their own interstellar journey, Starfield is now available on PC and Xbox Series X, offering a vast universe to explore and countless mysteries to unravel. With its inclusion in Xbox Game Pass, more players than ever before have the opportunity to join in the quest for hidden treasures and Easter eggs in the depths of space.