A No Man’s Sky alternate reality game (ARG) seems to suggest that the space exploration title will be getting new content in August. Developer Hello Games began sending mysterious tapes to No Man’s Sky players last month, prompting players to begin participation in the ARG.
Over the past month, No Man’s Sky players and those who have spoken about the game on Reddit have received cassette tapes as part of a ARG that players are calling “Waking Titan.” While piecing together the puzzle, which includes ROT13 ciphers and lots of clever technical analysis, fans uncovered a PDF report for something called “Mercury.”
The Mercury Process Self Diagnosis Report states the following: “We hope you have enjoyed the successful distribution of 180 Access IDs, and we hope you will also appreciate the other interesting artifacts we have in store for you going forward. We intend to keep the process alive until the completion of Project Waking Titan in August.” It should be noted that August is the anniversary month of No Man’s Sky being released.
The PDF also says that “input from the Mercury Subroutine will pave the way toward new experiences in version 1.3 of a familiar universe” and ends with regards from the author “S.M.” S.M is clearly a reference to Hello Games founder Sean Murray, with players taking this as confirmation from the head honcho that new No Man’s Sky content is on the way soon.
It’s currently unclear what the No Man’s Sky 1.3 update will hold, but fans are incredibly excited. The No Man’s Sky Path Finder update introduced new vehicles along with other gameplay content that players said breathed new life into the massive exploration game. Although a game with millions of procedurally generated planets and creatures offers a lot to do, the game would still benefit from semi-regular new content releases.
The next game update could also go a long way towards restoring No Man’s Sky‘s reputation. No Man’s Sky was one of the most disappointing games of last year, largely in part due to a misunderstanding of what the game would offer. However, releasing new updates is a surefire way to pull doubters back into the fold, getting them to take a second look at a game they previously passed over due to the controversy around it.
No Man’s Sky is available on PC and PS4.