The strangeness of the No Man’s Sky saga continues today, as it’s been discovered that a Twitch account is currently live-streaming the game’s alternate-reality title. Though the purpose of the puzzling stream isn’t entirely known, with little information to speculate on, fans believe there’s a hidden meaning behind it: developer Hello Games is preparing to unleash No Man’s Sky update 1.3 in the next few days.
Hosted by the Twitch account WakingTitan, which is the name of the in-progress No Man’s Sky ARG, the livestream, at the time of writing, shows a panel of computers sitting on a white table, the edge of which is covered in sticky notes that read “TEA 50C” and “99-PH6.” Another intriguing object featured is the monitor in the upper left-hand corner that displays “Test Scenario inactive.”
A a hamster cage also rests on the table, with a note underneath that reminds an individual to “feed Mr. N at 3 PM.” Hello Games previously indicated in a Waking Titan memo that the animal is named “Subject M-N00-dl35,” is part of an unspecified test, and won’t be exposed to anything dangerous or harmful during the upcoming experiment.
The curiosity surrounding Waking Titan began two months ago, when Hello Games sent mysterious tapes to players presumably to boost interest in the No Man’s Sky ARG. Four weeks later, in early July, it was reported that fans uncovered a document for a project called “Mercury.” The statement detailed that the studio was pleased at the “successful distribution of 180 Access IDs” and that it hopes players will “appreciate the other interesting artifacts we have in store for you going forward.”
Within the report, Hello Games stated something that connects to this current livestream: the teasing process will come to an end at the “completion of Project Waking Titan in August.” If Hello Games truly is hinting at an impending content drop, the update would follow third after No Man’s Sky‘s initial Foundation Update that added frigates and base-building and the follow-up that introduced land vehicles to the action-adventure game. Additionally, it would come on the eve of the one-year anniversary of No Man’s Sky being launched.
It’s anyone’s guess as to what the No Man’s Sky 1.3 update has in store, but Hello Games has clearly put forth significant time and effort to hype up players and boost their excitement to an all-time high. This is a smart move considering the game’s stormy, storied past.
Following a glittering marketing campaign that left many calling it the most anticipated games of last year, No Man’s Sky wound up crashing and burning on arrival, due in large part to a miscommunication about the game’s features. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) opened an investigation into Hello Games after it was accused of using deceptive advertising on Steam, No Man’s Sky’s active user base dropped a staggering 90 percent just two weeks after launch (a statistic that has since bounced back), and thousands of players asked for a full refund after an unsatisfying gameplay experience.
Whatever Hello Games has up its proverbial sleeve for No Man’s Sky‘s next update, it promises to be bigger than ever. Plus, it may prove enough to mend the game’s somewhat broken reputation.
No Man’s Sky is out now on PC and PS4.
Source: WakingTitan – Twitch