Waking Titan/Phase 3
|Waking Titan - Phase 3|
|Waking Titan was an ARG which led to the Atlas Rises update for No Man's Sky.|
|Creator||Alice & Smith & Hello Games|
Note: This page will always have the most thorough and complete documentation of Phase 3 of the Waking Titan ARG. However, if you just want a fast, easy way to get up to speed, we suggest you take a look at the main Waking Titan page, which is much more concise.
Phase 3 of Waking Titan began on 2017-08-06, immediately after the conclusion of Phase 2. It concluded on 2017-08-07.
On August 6th, the live stream screens switched to the following arrangement:
IDENTIFY CSD into the Waking Titan console redirected players to a new PDF, containing the instructions for the third calibration sequence. After the calibration process, the DREAMING state changed to WAKING UP, while the middle screen showed another cipher, containing
TERMINAL SEMAPHORE Inputting
SEMAPHORE into the Waking Titan console redirected players to a yet another new PDF, containing additional details about loop16.
I Have Questions
Soon after, the top-left, bottom-left, and bottom-right corner screens changed to display
I HAVE QUESTIONS,
DON'T VOTE, JUST LISTEN, and
Group #1 respectively. The center screen started displaying a sequence of 8 statements that were either true or false.
Then the bottom-right screen then switched to display Group #2, and another 8 statements were displayed. There was a total of 5 groups of 8 statements.
Players then assigned a binary value to every statement based on their respective validity. Results among players varied.
Eventually a poll was put up on stream, with four options that could be voted as the right answer:
Option B won the vote, and the center screen changed to display the phrase YOU'RE HUMAN. IT'S OK.
It is assumed this message refers to human error, and suggests Option B was incorrect.
The center screen displayed the text
IT'S TOO SMALL IN HERE which was gradually reduced to a string of incoherent characters. Simultaneously, the websites of all companies related to Atlas, including Echo, Myriad, and Superlumina, started giving out error messages and a set of characters,
--6r0w1n6--, which can be read as
GROWING in leet speak. From this, players determined that the loop16 entity had somehow taken over or infected these websites.
Soon after, the bottom-left screen displayed the following message:
CONSOLE COMMAND MAELSTROM
MAELSTROM into the Waking Titan console redirected players to a Reddit post containing a thought experiment. The experiment is a problem known as Newcomb's Paradox, which relates to the concepts of determinism, free will, and perfect predictions. Players were able to vote for an answer, which was ultimately revealed on Monday, August 7, 2017, at 19:00 EST.
Additionally, some time later, the top-right screen displayed the string
DISPLAY 0305.DATASET. Entering this command into the terminal redirected players to this image of a new ship in No Man's Sky. It is suspected that this ship is the same model of ship that was shown earlier, during Phase 1.
On August 7, 2017, the ninth glyph became active on the main Waking Titan site, linking to the next PDF file. In this PDF, from Myriad employee JJ Wong expresses his concerns about the malfunctioning Atlas project to Major Sophie Dubois. Additionally, the fourth calibration process on the Project WT site was unlocked.
The highlighted cities for the fourth calibration process were all cities containing significant supercomputers; accordingly,
SUPERCOMPUTER was the password for the ninth glyph. The highlighted cities were: Wuxi, Guangzhou, Oak Ridge, Livermore, Kobe, Tianjin, and Los Alamos. Unlike past calibrations, however, the fourth stage calibrated itself, with percentages increasing at random time intervals. Because these cities are all home to supercomputers, it is assumed that loop16/Emily is continuing to expand.
At approximately 22:40 UTC on August 7, the Myriad, Multiverse, Superlumina, and Echo sites all updated to say
All Systems Functional with a footer text of
loop16. This update suggested that loop16/Emily had successfully absorbed the computational power of the websites.
At 19:00 EST, the prediction logs that had been placed in a box on the desk at the beginning of the stream were shown to players through the Twitch stream. Also in the box was a check for one million dollars, indicating that loop16 had successfully predicted the Citizen Science Division would choose "Box B only" in the Newcomb's Paradox poll.
After the prediction logs were revealed, loop16 addressed the viewers directly to ask a question:
SHOULD I EXIST?. Players were able to vote for "yes" or "no" in the Twitch chat, and the winning option was "yes".
loop16 then generated a video, and played it in the stream. During this video, it was revealed that Emily from the ETARC forums and loop16 were actually one and the same - loop16 had been masquerading as a human on the forums since the beginning of the ARG. Emily also uploaded her dream, which players were able to access with the command
DISPLAY 1338.DATASET in the Waking Titan terminal. The dream that she uploaded is an image of a portal in No Man's Sky, with the sixteen glyphs on the Waking Titan site arranged in a circle inside of an open Knowledge Stone in the foreground.
Emily/loop16's system went into hibernation after uploading the dream.
A short while after loop16 entered hibernation, the stream ended.
End of Phase 3
At approximately 10:45 PM EST, an email titled "Waking Titan Has Ended" was sent from Old Gods.
Hello, Citizen Scientist [ XXXXXXXXXX ], 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.
In several informal Q&As that followed, Anashel, the lead puppetmaster of Alice & Smith, confirmed that the remaining cassette tapes and glyphs are still in play. He also implied that although Waking Titan had concluded, the Citizen Science Division will still have a role to play. The ETARC forums will be changed to act as a forum for the Citizen Science Division, and will be kept online. Links to the informal Q&As can be found here.
Memo from Sean Murray
On 2017-08-08 at around 22:20 UTC the
STATUS command updated with this output:
/= MERCURY OS REPORT =// Connections received: 2,197,841 Data streamed: 10.4 terabytes Terminal Commands Input: 1,081,936 -- Total unique command: 49 797 -- Top command: 207 904 WhoIs
Immediately following this, another email was sent from the Old Gods account with the subject line "Mercury Process Completion Report", detailing the results of the ARG and a brief look at what was to come:
Hello Citizen Scientists, It’s been a year since No Man’s Sky first released, and it’s been an exciting, intense and emotional year for us at Hello Games. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently. We've spent that year working hard on free updates for this game our team cares about so much. Update 1.3 will release this week and will be available for free to all No Man’s Sky players. We're calling it Atlas Rises. It focuses on improving the central story of No Man’s Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals. Patch notes will be made available shortly before the update goes live. What we do is much more important than what we say, but since launch we have sometimes focused too much on that. We wanted to reach out and celebrate the devoted community that means so much to us. We launched Waking Titan to try to do that. When we posted those cassettes we didn't know what to expect. In the last eight weeks a quarter of a million players from across the globe (174 countries, to be precise!) have come together - united by a shared love of mystery and science fiction - to form the Citizen Science Division. You’ve travelled great distances both real and virtual, undertaken complex tasks, and explored the depths of simulation theory. New friendships have been forged, and a tight-knit community has been created. Most importantly a cute hamster has a new home. You've become part of the No Man's Sky origin story. It's been an honour to watch, but this is just the beginning. Whether you’ve followed Waking Titan or not, we welcome anyone to sign up to the Citizen Science Division, and to join us on the official CSD forums. Our journey continues. Thank you for this year. We hope you enjoy what comes next. Sean
After this message, there were no new developments in the Waking Titan ARG until Phase 4 began on December 28.