Fan anticipation is about to peak as Starfield, after years of anticipation, is close to launching with reviewers already getting their codes ahead of a possible early review embargo – uncharacteristic for a company like Bethesda. Yet, as is often the case in this age of constant connectivity, spoilers began to breach the internet’s defenses like space pirates.
This will be a tough month for you if you don’t want the story of Starfield spoiled.
Just days ago, the gaming community jubilantly celebrated Bethesda’s announcement of Starfield going gold. But the harmonious mood swiftly turned sour as sensitive information, namely story details and late-game footage, began to creep online. To many, this felt like an abrupt, screeching halt in a beautiful sonata.
Much of this information comes from malicious sources eager to ruin the experience for others. The revelations sting, especially if they end up being true. Those hopeful of diving into Bethesda’s universe with fresh eyes must now tread cautiously, lest they stumble upon these unwanted spoilers.
It feels as if the floodgates have opened, and ascertaining the authenticity of these leaks is like trying to distinguish a single raindrop in a storm. A beacon of hope remains, however, with many suggesting that a significant portion of these “leaks” are mere fabrications.
Given that only a select group of reviewers might have access to Starfield at this stage, it’s reasonable to approach any spoilers with skepticism. In recent years, we’ve witnessed an influx of alleged leaks in the build-up to the release of big titles like God of War: Ragnarok, Assassin’s Creed: Mirage, Diablo 4, and Final Fantasy 16. Some turned out genuine; most were fake.
Amidst the chaos, precautions are paramount. Muting certain keywords related to Starfield or any that hint at potential story revelations is a sound strategy. Another noteworthy step would be to steer clear of certain Starfield-centric subreddits and block users with a propensity for sharing unverified information.
It’s essential to underscore that while some spoilers are emerging, they’re not all-encompassing. Starfield preload did begin this week, and with it, a few story spoilers made their way online. In addition, details like the game’s main menu screen, space powers glimpsed in Bethesda’s promotional video, and even titles from the Starfield OST have surfaced. Some would argue that these aren’t spoilers, but rather tidbits for fans to mull over, similar to the 300-year timeline that Bethesda released.
Still, the unfortunate advent of these spoilers paints a bleak picture, especially when you consider that the role-playing genre, more than others, lean heavily on their narrative strength.
As the clock ticks down to Starfield’s highly anticipated release, let’s not forget the essence of what makes gaming such a cherished art form: the element of discovery. It’s about immersing oneself in the depths of new worlds, letting stories unfold organically, and experiencing the thrill of the unknown.
In the off-chance that the story of Starfield does get spoiled to you though, does it really matter? Just like with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the journey remains mostly the same even if you know that Alduin isn’t as big of a badass near the end of the game as he was at the start. We’re pretty sure you’ll still look forward to filing your sick leaves to enjoy Starfield for an entire weekend.
It’s a laudable effort in what feels like an endless sea of spoilers to try and prevent the story from being revealed to you before you get a chance to play it yourself.
So, as September 6 approaches, you have two choices: accept that Starfield will get spoiled to you beforehand or averse yourself from the corners of the internet you once frequented.