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Waking Titan Update 2: Mission Azure Voyage

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Another week, another set of news regarding the No Man’s Sky ARG surfaces. With some of the most cryptic stuff we have seen to date even. Everyone (Including myself) has been working hard to crack the code of this mysterious set of puzzles. And we seem to be getting closer and closer to the truth. Mission Azure Voyage has begun.

The Beginning of the Voyage

Last Saturday, the command STATUS on the Waking Titan console updated with the message “Mission Azure Voyage loading…” Entering the command AZURE VOYAGE or AZURE into the command prompt redirected to a website titled Azure Voyage with a prompt requesting a code, like the Bootsector puzzle we discussed about in the previous update.

On the other side of the spectrum, Waking Titan players also got an e-mail regarding an update from Atlas. Which reads:

Hello, Citizen Scientist [ INDIVIDUALCODE ],

We continue to be very impressed at your progress, both in the calibration challenge and in your exploration of the terminal interface. The data you’re generating is beyond value, and we appreciate your efforts. You may not see how right now, but you are truly changing the world. Thank you.

The people who got this message got their own code to insert into the AzureVoyage website. With a different code wheel that would decipher the code every individual Citizen scientist was to provide. All the while the seventh glyph in the Waking Titan Website had unlocked. Revealing a set of coordinates that were scattered across New York.

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Soon, players found out that the location for the next part of the ARG was at New York’s Atlas Statue. Citizen scientists that entered their code found an image that confirmed the suspicions. Alongside a few text instructions that read as follows:

DATE: July 29th
TIME: 16H15
PROTOCOL: Use passcode Atlas. Wear a bright color and hold a black book in your hand

The New York City Event

On 2017-07-29, at roughly 15:30 New York Time, a reddit user started a periscope livestream from the Atlas Statue. At 16:15 New York Time, a man with a purple umbrella led the crowd from the statue to an office building in Manhattan, splitting the group into teams of 6. Each team was given 30 minutes to solve a puzzle in a closed room.

The event was broadcasted for the rest of the players through a Twitch livestream by WakingTitan. The broadcast showed every group trying to solve the puzzle in the closed room. After the livestreams ended, the puzzle solvers got a new memo. This time it was from Major Dubois on Loop15.

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Psst, You can read the transcript here

E-mails and more secrets unveiled by Atlas Foundation.

After the craziness of the project settled. Players were left with a final e-mail from the Atlas Foundation. This time, the citizen Scientists were address directly about their level 4 Atlas Passes.

Hello, Citizen Scientist [ INDIVIDUALCODE ],

As a result of recent developments, this email is to inform you that your Atlas Pass designation has been changed to REDACTED. Our classification model uses multiple data points including your behavior and quantitative activity as a Citizen Scientist.

Each class designation has a unique strength that indicates your key role in our ongoing experiment. Remember to stay vigilant, and do not share your class designation outside of the Citizen Science Division.

The message contained a form for players to put their personal shipping address. That way they would receive their Level 4 cards. After having provided a physical mailing address, Citizen Scientists were supplied a code string which, once subjected to a rot16 conversion, directed players to a YouTube video featuring Metallica’s Call of Ktulu

The STATUS Command was now only showing this string: “-//”

The end of the Azure Voyage with… Pet Food?

The very last update we have gotten as far as today comes in the form of No Man’s Sky community members getting different types of pet food, each being for small animals. The range of animals varying with:

  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Chinchillas

Finally, each package was from “loop16” and has a blue sticky note that said “For Mr. Noodles ONLY. DO NOT EAT“. There is one final detail I have been saving for the end of this however, and it’s a bit of speculation regarding a person of Interest to the community.

EMILY STATUS: UNKNOWN

When I was new to the ARG, I didn’t really know who this fellow named Emily was. So I did the best thing and asked GameDetectives.net Staff member Crash about her. The answer he provided concerned me the most.

“She’s a character who used to post vlogs on the ETARC forums, she hasn’t been seen in a few weeks (…) she’s important because she’s ostensibly a solver just like us, and has been a friendly presence on the forums up until her disappearance” – Crash, GD Staff.

“A solver just like us”. The words that marked the first of my concerns inr egards of the Speculation I have. She was friendly towards members of the community and was an active participant of the ARG, and then she disappeared. All of the sudden, Atlas and Waking Titan show a lot of her in various moments, even during the livestream. The image on the top is the image of Emily, which appeared glitched at the end of the transmission.

I have voiced this previously, but I have the belief that Emily was a proxy for Atlas Foundation. A pawn of sorts that was sent in to help players get into the meat of things. Maybe she didn’t want to come back to Atlas once her mission was complete. And so, she would have become a POI for Atlas and the Waking Titan.

But this is nothing more than just speculation, and the future is still unknown for the Citizen Scientists. Major thanks to the GameDetectives.net Wiki for the archived information.Check their page to find out more details about what happened this weekend.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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