Sharp-eyed Elder Scrolls fans may have picked up on an obscure Easter Egg for The Elder Scrolls VI in the Starfield trailer revealed at E3 2021.
According to some, a single impression on the metal panel toward the righthand side at 1:18 of the video matches the coastline of the Illiac Bay region in The Elder Scrolls. This region encompasses most of the province of High Rock and the northern part of Hammerfell—the precise location that many fans believe The Elder Scrolls VI (TES6) will take place.
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The potential reference was first brought to light by Reddit user Huhwtfbleh in a post on the Gaming Leaks and Rumors subreddit board published in the afternoon of Sunday, June 13. In his post, Huhwtfbleh draws a comparison between the aforementioned section of the Tamrielic map and the panel impression by linking images of both.
"Found this while trying to read off the buttons on the panel. Could be an Easter egg?!" They wrote.
Some responses seemed convinced—whether out of genuine belief or admitted content-starvation following the Xbox Showcase.
"Holy shit, good find....." User NeedNotGreed123 wrote.
Dattree replied, "This is close enough for me. Nice."
"I was fully prepared to discredit this but I honest to God think this is legit. Is there anywhere else you see marking even resembling this 'scuff'?" User thisrockismyboone replied, adding later that upon going through the trailer frame by frame, it "has to be intentional."
Others were understandably skeptical. A few claimed it was just texture on the panel or a trick with the lighting of the scene. Even more began to make jokes about the whole ordeal.
"The absolute state of TES fans." BasedBrutalist wrote.
"Imagine if this wasn't intentional and you're a Bethesda employee reading this though," DefNotaZombie wrote, "'Hey Todd, come over here, they think the scraped paint is a teaser for ESVI'."
User chilachinchila replied, "Either you’re a genius or were like those old people who see Jesus on their morning toast."
Ultimately, whether or not this "scuff" is an intentional detail or not is only known to the designer who put the scene together. DBLTAP cannot confirm the veracity of this rumor at this time.