Starfield fans petition Bethesda to include late gamer Alex Hay in the game

Posted by:Robert Collins

Fans of the upcoming open-world sci-fi RPG Starfield have launched an online campaign petitioning Bethesda to include an in-game tribute to Alex Hay.

Hay, the developer of Toolbox Pro and other iOS apps, was an avid gamer who was eagerly anticipating Starfield along with millions of other gamers. But when the game’s initial release date of November 11, 2022 was delayed, Hay posted on the Starfield subreddit saying that he likely wouldn’t get to play it, referencing his battle with lung cancer. In the post Hay said,

Bit gutted at the date reveal as I’ve been following this project for years and now it looks like I won’t get to play it.”

Won’t get to play it 🙁
by u/Mralexhay in Starfield


Hay added in his post that “playing my Xbox is a great form of escapism for me but holding out another 6 months is unlikely so… enjoy it on my behalf!”

Hay lost his battle shortly after; the sad news was announced on MacStories. Now, other Starfield fans are making a push to honor their fellow gamer by naming their ships and characters after Alex. Additionally, some have started a campaign with the hashtag #AlexInStarfield on Twitter in the hopes of getting Bethesda’s attention.

The campaign is meant to persuade Bethesda to pay in-game tribute to Alex. While this may not likely happen at the game’s launch, given that Starfield should be close to wrapping up development, it could be included in a post-launch update.

It would not be the first time a gamer has been honored in such a way. Others include Michael Mamaril in Borderlands 2, Ezra Chatterton in World of Warcraft, and several others.

Featured image via Routine Hub blog.