|Waking Titan was an ARG which led towards the No Man's Sky Atlas Rises update.|
|Creator||Alice & Smith & Hello Games|
Waking Titan (also known as Project WT) is an ARG (alternate reality game) that involves a multitude of websites, phone numbers, and radio stations scattered across the world. The ARG is produced by veteran puppet masters Alice & Smith, and features NPCs, actors, and live events. Waking Titan ultimately led towards the Atlas Rises update for No Man's Sky.
The ARG is divided into several distinct "phases". Each phase is documented on its own wiki page:
|Waking Titan Phases|
|Phase 1||Phase 1 of Waking Titan lasted from 2017-05-28 to 2017-07-08.|
|Phase 2||Phase 2 of Waking Titan lasted from 2017-07-21 to 2017-08-05.|
|Phase 3||Phase 3 of Waking Titan lasted from 2017-08-05 to 2017-08-07.|
|Phase 4||Phase 4 of Waking Titan started on 2017-12-28 and is currently ongoing.|
On 2017-05-27, Twitter user @argn tweeted a link to 'project-wt.com'. The link led to a website which contained a map showing sixty locations, four of which were "active" at the time. The locations, when clicked on, revealed the location's name and status. The active locations also revealed a link to a livestream of a local radio station, originating from the corresponding location. The project-wt website displayed a date, June 8th, and stated that the first clue was being "initialized".
On 2017-06-01, moderators of No Man's Sky subreddits /r/NoMansSkyTheGame, /r/NMSPortals, and /r/NMSGalacticHub started to receive cassette tapes in the mail. Each cassette tape was labelled with a number out of 16. The Waking Titan ARG was initially thought to be a separate ARG from these tapes, but connections between the two made it clear that they were, in fact, one and the same.
Throughout the ARG, in-game characters have communicated with each other via "internal memos". Over time, these memos were discovered by ARG players, in the form of PDF files. These memos provided lore content and puzzle content, and are highly recommended reading for new players!
Here are all of the memos that were discovered over the course of the ARG:
- Teamwork Assessment
- Dataset 97C
- Mercury Process Self-Diagnosis Report
- Progress Report
- Subject M-N00-dl35
- Atlas Foundation Threat Models
- Advanced Calibration - Optional
- Unlocking Mercury Process File L16.jpg
- Phase 3
- Breach of Contract
The hub page for Waking Titan can be found at http://wakingtitan.com.
During Phase 1, the http://wakingtitan.com hosted 6 triangles in the middle of the page. These triangles were referred to as "Sigils", while the white icons along the bottom of the page were referred to as "Glyphs". Each sigil and glyph, when clicked, lead to a password entry prompt - the correct passwords for all 6 sigils and the first 5 glyphs were discovered via puzzle-solving during Phase 1 of Waking Titan.
The sigil and glyph puzzles were solved collaboratively - while it may have be possible to solve some of these puzzles individually, most of them required a collaborative effort. For instance, some puzzles required players to meet agents from the Atlas Corporation in person, and to relay information obtained from these meetings back to the community. A list of all sigil and glyph solutions for Phase 1 can be found below:
This phase culminated on July 8, 2017, with a congratulatory message from Elizabeth Leighton, the CEO of the Atlas Foundation.
During Phase 2, the http://wakingtitan.com site hosted a command-line interface terminal. Various commands were accepted as input, which triggered different events. One of the most notable commands was the
WHOIS <argument> command, which revealed a passage of text pertaining to the specified argument. For instance, the command
WHOIS FOURTH RACE returned the following message:
INCOMING TRANSMISSION… SOURCE: UNKNOWN… You are not – kzzktt – alone – Please, identify yourself. I’m – kzzkttk –
Additionally, http://project-wt.com hosted a "Calibration" utility during Phase 2. To successfully perform these calibrations, players had to upload images of various objects and buildings to the site. For instance, the first calibration required images of "public resonant percussion instruments".
Finally, towards the end of Phase 2, the Waking Titan Twitch stream went live, displaying a five-monitor setup. Throughout the duration of the stream, players had to work together to solve puzzles that were displayed on these monitors. Some of these puzzles were interactive; for example, one puzzle that was repeated several times involved the Twitch chat guiding a virtual hamster through a maze.
Additionally, players solved another 3 glyphs throughout Phase 2. The solutions to these glyphs are shown below:
Phase 3 was the briefest phase of Waking Titan. It consisted of the conclusion of the Twitch stream that began at the end of Phase 2. Players solved more interactive puzzles on the Twitch stream, before the rogue AI Loop16 asked them a final question:
SHOULD I EXIST? The overwhelming response from the community was "yes".
After receiving this response, Loop16 and Emily of the ETARC forums were revealed as being one and the same. Loop16 generated a heartfelt "Thank You" video to round out the stream, before finally taking the 72-hour stream offline.
Shortly after this, players received emails with the subject line
Waking Titan has Ended. The contents of the message were as follows:
Hello, Citizen Scientist, Thank you for your contributions to Waking Titan. The developments that took place during Phase 3 were somewhat concerning, but together we have set in motion truly world-shaping events. We will continue to inform the Citizen Science Division of privileged information or any need for collaborators on a new project. But we do have a few loose ends to tie up with you before we move on, so let's proceed. First, we're pleased to announce that all 10,000 Level 4 Atlas Passes are in production. Note that due to transit times for mail, some may take several weeks to be delivered. Next, our CEO Elizabeth Leighton has asked us to include a personal note of gratitude: "Thank you for all your diligent efforts, Citizen Scientists. It's been an amazing journey for all of us. I've watched you thrive and achieve from those first Phase 1 radio ads all the way through the intensity of Phase 3. I've been impressed at every turn by how brilliant you've been, how voracious, how kind, how thoughtful. It's been an honor and a privilege. On behalf of the Atlas Foundation, and on behalf of the world, thank you." The Mercury subroutine has concluded successfully, and a new memo from SM about this process is coming in the next 24 hours. We hope it will answer a few key questions you have about our program, and about what comes next.
On August 11, 2017, the Atlas Rises update was released for No Man's Sky.
Phase 4 of Waking Titan started on 2017-12-28 and is currently ongoing.
Connection to No Man's Sky
At the beginning of the ARG, it was not clear whether Waking Titan was officially connected to No Man's Sky. At first, there were only hints and nudges. At one point, 180 free copies of No Man's Sky were distributed to ARG players. Here's the text of a PDF that was revealed at the end of Phase 1 of Waking Titan:
We want to extend our gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the Mercury subroutine so far. 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 is important to mention that we are very excited by the coming Phases 2 and 3. Input from the Mercury Subroutine will pave the way toward new experiences in '''version 1.3 of a familiar universe'''. We look forward to the successful conclusion of this ground-breaking experiment. Regards. S.M.
This text explicitly stated that the Waking Titan ARG was leading towards the upcoming 1.3 update for No Man's Sky.
Some console commands on the Waking Titan website during Phase 2 refer directly to No Man's Sky lore - for instance,
WHOIS VY'KEEN, and
WHOIS KORVAX are all valid commands. Additionally, some terminal commands referred to a mysterious fourth race, so the prevailing assumption was that the upcoming 1.3 update would bring a fourth race to No Man's Sky.
This wiki also documents an assortment of other pages which organize various Waking Titan-related content:
|Waking Titan Subpages|
|Stations||Information on the radio stations from the initial project-wt.com site|
|Cassettes||Information about the cassette tapes received by No Man's Sky subreddit moderators|
|Characters||Summary of each character in Waking Titan|
|Companies||Summary of each company in Waking Titan|
|Console Commands||A list of commands used by players at the Waking Titan console|
5th July 2017
[EN] ARGNet - Stern Words from No Man’s Sky ARG
23rd July 2017
[EN] GeekReply - Waking Titan Update 1: Phase 2 Commences!
27th July 2017
[EN] GeekReply - Waking Titan: How An ARG can Bring People Together.