A California man has credited Starfield with saving his family’s life after he decided to do a late-night binge on the day of the game’s release.

Redditor ‘tidyckilla’ shared his story on a thread titled, ‘Starfield saved me and my family’s life‘, where he described how his decision to pull off an all-nighter on August 31 (the day the Starfield access began) alerted him to a fire that broke out in his apartment complex.

“I have waited for this game since the trademark rumours of 2015-2106 (don’t remember when exactly),” tidyckilla said. “In anticipation, I preordered the premium editing, waiting to play this game. On the night of August 31 I decided to stay up and play as long as possible to experience this new universe. At 2:26 in the morning, while playing the game, I heard an explosion from my downstairs neighbour’s apartment.”

He goes on to describe a scene that is ripped from the pages of a movie script. “I paused my game to see what was happening. When I opened the door, I saw flames rising up our stairwell to our apartment. I immediately got my wife and cat, rushing us to safety with only minor burns. If I hadn’t been bingeing Starfield, I would have been asleep, and we would have all died to smoke inhalation.”

“I want to thank this game for saving my family and me from a horrible fate,” he added.

Unfortunately, one person died following the fire, according to krcrtv. Tidyckilla shared a number of photos from the incident, which show major damage to the building, including parts of his own apartment. In a separate post, Tidyckilla said he and his wife plan to move to Nevada following the incident.

Starfield early access started earlier this month and already seemed to have topped the sales chart. At one point, the game had 230K players on Steam, meaning thousands of people paid upwards of $100 to have early access to the game before its official launch on September 6, 2023. The game will be available on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Game Pass.

Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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