starfieldBethesda’s upcoming space-themed game may feature an in-game smartwatch that you can get and wear in real life, based on an early copy of a manual found by Reddit user SquiddyVonn. The manual describes the functions of the real watch, including displaying the weather and tracking steps, and it even includes photos that give us a good idea of the interface. It also shows us that the watch is made by a well-known replica company that has worked with Bethesda in the past.
According to “The Wand Company LPV6 Chronomark Smartwatch User Manual”, the watch can receive forecast information from a phone, display notifications, and display different sets of information on a series of watch faces. It also displays the watch’s “About” menu, which contains the line “©2022 Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company”.
If the name “The Wand Company” rings a bell, it could be because of the work on other replicas – taking something that exists in a game, movie, or TV show and turning it into a real-life version is kind of his thing. The company has made Star Trek communicator replicas that you can use to make calls (although they use a Bluetooth connection to your phone instead of far-future technology) and pokéball models that light up when you get your hand close (but that you can not throw).
While the manual gives us a good idea of the watch, it’s not the first time we’ve seen it. if VGC points out, it also made a brief appearance in a behind-the-scenes video of Bethesda, posted in June 2021 (it appears around the 1:33 mark). The video version looks almost identical to the one in the manual, and the box it comes in appears to be a replica of one found in the game’s teaser trailer – that could be another hint that the watch will play some kind of role in the game.
starfield is currently slated to launch on November 11 for the PC and Xbox series of consoles. If the watch becomes part of a collector’s edition, we’ll probably hear about it sooner.