It would appear that Bethesda has made a tongue-in-cheek nod to Minecraft in its recently released RPG epic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Bethesda and Minecraft creator Mojang have undergone a legal tussle over the word ‘Scrolls’. Mojang is in the early stages of developing a game called Scrolls, a title that Bethesda believes consumers might confuse with its recently released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Bethesda’s request for an interim injunction has been denied.

Widely regarded by gamers and commentators as a David versus Goliath scenario – and PR own-goal for Bethesda – the publisher now appears to have acknowledged the gaff by including a “Notched Pickaxe” in Skyrim, reports Geekology. Mojang co-founder Markus Persson is commonly known by the handle “Notch”, while the pickaxe is the main tool used in Minecraft. The Notched Pickaxe can be found on slopes of Skyrim’s Throat of the World.