Todd Howard, Game Director and Executive Producer behind well-known Bethesda games like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and Fallout 4 confirmed via a Reddit AMA that players would be able to choose their pronouns in the upcoming sci-fi game, Starfield.
Pronouns have often been the generic he/she in previous games in the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series, but that looks to be changing in the future for Bethesda games.
Howard answered numerous amounts of questions during his AMA last night, ranging from questions about the newest iteration of Skyrim and what players could expect from Starfield when it releases in November next year.
One user asked Howard about the character customization in Starfield and whether it would be more complicated “like it was in Morrowind and Oblivion.”
Howard replied that he was really excited about what the team working on Starfield had already done. “Including choosing background, skills, etc. You also can pick your pronoun (he, she, they) and we’ve recorded all the relevant dialogue to support that choice.”
Triple-A video games have been playing catch-up with indies in their inclusion of other pronouns outside of he/she, but progress has ultimately been slow. Still, it’s a welcome change, and it says a lot that Bethesda has recorded dialogue in order to support pronouns for all players excited for Starfield.
Starfield releases on November 22, 2022.