Bethesda’s head of publishing Pete Hines posted a boilerplate excuse note on Twitter for any Starfield fan who, ahead of the game’s official release on September 6, is rapidly starting to feel a little bit…feverish.
Your stomach is twisting into tight knots. Your hands are slick and shaking, your whole body shivers with the exciting prospect of handing a multibillion-dollar company your $70. It’s okay. You’re safe now with Hines, whose name on Twitter currently specifies that he is “(not a doctor).”
It’s also not the first time Hines has offered gamers a sick note to play his company’s latest game. He shared a much shorter, simpler sick note two days before Fallout 4’s November 10, 2015 release date. “I figure some of you might need a note from your doctor for your upcoming ‘sick day(s)’ this week,” he wrote then. As far as running gags go, it could be worse.
I figure some of you might need a note from your doctor for your upcoming "sick day(s)" this week. So here you go. pic.twitter.com/iF9btGJl3h
— Pete Hines (not a doctor) (@DCDeacon) November 8, 2015
Will this Starfield sick note work? It’s unlikely, but your boss, professor, or mom can judge for themselves if Pete Hines, described on the note as an “MD, LAN, PhD, ARS” and “Head Physician, Constellation,” wants what’s best for you.
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“Whether you need time off to play Starfield starting tomorrow in early access,” Hines said on Twitter, “or next week at launch, Uncle Pete has you covered.”
“Already asked my boss earlier this week (and was approved),” said one commenter. “But, man, you should’ve sent this earlier.”
“Literal people are going to use this,” another Twitter respondent said. “Genius.”
Starfield launches in Early Access at 8 p.m. Eastern on August 31.
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