About a week ago, the Imgur user Velorok had been sitting at his desk and unwinding by playing through Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks’ recent science fiction release, Prey, when a stray bullet tore through the drywall in his apartment and destroyed his copy of The Elder Scrolls anthology. Although the majority of the discs in the anthology’s packaging were ultimately shattered, the box effectively saved his life.
As it so happens, the publisher and developer Bethesda took note of this traumatic event of Velorok’s and ended up getting in contact with him to replace the compendium of fantasy RPGs and then some. As seen in the image below, the company not only replaced his original copy of The Elder Scrolls anthology with an all-new package signed by the whole development team, but also it gifted him a miniature AER9 Laser Rifle replica from Fallout 4, as well as a limited edition Shrine of Azura statue–of which only 350 were made–from The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (although the model is from the Skyrim version of the shrine) which is his favorite game.
Bethesda’s show of goodwill through its Elder Scrolls-themed care package to Velorok is without a doubt a generous gesture on behalf of the publisher and developer, and it’s worth noting that the company definitely has a solid track record when it comes to engaging with fans who have dealt with difficult moments in their lives, with the studio often attempting to turn a bad situation into something more positive. For instance, Bethesda once created a Fallout 4 Easter egg in the post-apocalyptic RPG’s Nuka World DLC to memorialize the tragic loss of a fan’s brother, Evan, by turning him into the most kind-hearted and indomitable spirit in the Wasteland.
Of course, the cynics among us could easily say that Bethesda is capitalizing on these awful scenarios in its fans’ lives by attempting to turn the situations into free publicity, which is a fair argument. Even so, when one considers the jubilant reaction of the likes of Velorok upon receiving the care package, as he wrote, “A HUGE thank you to everyone at Bethesda who made this happen. You’ve taken one of the scariest nights of my life and turned it into something good,” it’s difficult to find much, if any fault with the company after having made one of its fans so happy.
The Elder Scrolls is available now for PC.