Just to verify, it does say ‘peer support’, as I have personally asked Cougar, who received the document, to take a good close look at it for me right after the live drop in NY.
The new memo, shows us two new abbreviations, WR and CR, which are both clearly separated from the others we know to be referencing the websites left. Reason for them being separated could be new websites of course, but it would not amaze me if they have a different meaning. The top right part appears to be set up like a table, making it a left and a right side, almost indicating these new abbreviations to go together with ‘Under Preparation’ and ‘On Schedule’. Only thing I can thus far conclude from this, is they will only be explained once preparation has finished and scheduled for whatever comes next. I’d like to speculate on possible other meanings for these shorts.
I’d love to speculate how the ARG is going to tie in with the next No Man’s Sky content update. It appears very clear that we as Citizen Scientists are being categorized, based on skills and preferences. The Atlas foundation reached out to us for help, while Emily is doing the hard work, based on our collective data. We started out as a single solving group, with in my opinion somewhat poor results. The Atlas foundation decided on a way to improve our efforts, resulting in the designations we received. This way, more accurate and focused research should improve the results required. Collecting our data and categorising us, was a first step, the CSD was born. The next step is currently ongoing, finalizing the assignment, making it official and most of all, identifiable, the Atlas passes.
There is a lot to speculate about these designations, as the Atlas foundation has never been clear about their specific meaning, although in general we understand. Such a mass scale printing and distribution, is another thing. I am sure it will not help us figure out the specific meaning of our designations, but the collected data perfectly shows how big of an effort it is. It does however clearly show two designations currently missing. Either this is the result of how batches have been printed last, to be sent out later, or there is more weight to them for whatever reason. We can only guess and considering the world wide distribution, we have to be patient for a couple of weeks at least. I personally believe they will eventually arrive, but may very well be tied into the ARG in some way.
So how does this all tie in with No Man’s Sky and the update to come? Well, … obviously lots of discussion about possible multiplayer in a wide variety of ways. Yes, I think it may very well be hints to multiplayer, but in my opinion not in a way most expect multiplayer to be. I find a more ‘classic’ implementation of multiplayer highly unlikely. The game has so far not been made for this and would require a complete overhaul to even make this possible. Not to mention all the possible implications that come with it. Worlds would have to become persistent for a big part and would require syncing with every client connected. This would have a huge impact on performance, not even considering implications with the backend like Steam p2p and PS4. I won’t go into details, but trust me, it is not an easy task to accomplish full blown multiplayer, if at all possible or worth the risk of such a massive change.
If there is some sort of multiplayer planned, it would be quite different from what most expect or want it to be. Sure enough some things can be ‘synced’ and some improvements can be made here and there. I think, and many will likely agree, that NMS doesn’t mind being ‘different’ and I would not be amazed to see a creative alternative way of implementing multiplayer. Something that fits the lore, as it has so far shown as well. Orbs for players make perfect sense in a way. I think this is where the ARG comes in as well, preparing us for whatever comes next, possibly an interesting form of multiplayer or something matching being a Citizen Scientist with a variety of designations.
Just speculating, but I can imagine discoveries, tasks, quests, or even a market/trade to tie in with our CSD designations or coop/multiplayer within NMS. Not to say we would be stuck with a ‘designation’ in game, but more like a choice depending on play style and preferences. Such implementation does not necessarily require syncing clients with performance impact. It would allow to expand on player interaction, only by additional data being stored.