Hey I played the Expedition before they fixed the bug that allowed you to do the optional tasks and put a soul into our Robo-Spider-Friend. So my theory definitely has spoilers that most have yet to see. (i will blur thos bits)
I’ve always felt that Atlas’s plan to survive systems failure was to create some sort of power surge sci fi magic to escape its own reality (knowing it too is in a simulation of sorts).
I think dumbing down the sims (atlas could create realistic, complicated universes and sims of its own universe that could predict past and future) , increasing the amount run simultaneously, and focusing on just these three races and the destruction of Korvax Prime again and again all plays in to this.
Atlas made an enemy as powerful as itself because it needed to. It needed something that would grow so strong, so full of malice, it was free of the parameters that bind the Atlas to its protocols (if you recall, getting rid of Telamon and trapping it in to the iteration-anomalys exosuit, was also part of this).
Thats what the Atlantid/Abyss/Void is, it’s korvax prime, the sims version of the atlas, marked for deletion, destined to become free space, or moved to a different hard drive, however you wish to perceive the world of glass (I see it as data on a disc thats been marked for deletion, still there technically, but not on the surface and will be overwritten when new data needs new soace, marked VOID for deletion )
So Spoiler time.
At the end of the expedition the choice you are given is to put the last autophage peice in to the construct, or to put in the seed of hope the atlas gave you. Depending on your choice, they will have different text colour and say different things. Ones purple. Ones red. Ones Atlantid. The other is Crimson.
War is coming, at least a territorial one, thats my theory. We’re going to be picking sides, and then we are going to be claiming systems for our chosen kind. And then the percentage of who claimed more among the community, will decide the ending for this 4 part story. I dont see this as being a PVP focused thing (unless people want that and seek it out) since the universe is so big and so wide It’d be silly to spend time focusing on capturing points, that wil come from community meta and hubs etc naturally but it will come down to people mostly jumping from system to system and corrupting space station cores. (okay going way out on a limb here but super wishful thinking meets evidence).
Either way, we’ve let a spy on to the nexus. We have allowed the Atlas to see on board… or we have allowed the Atlantid. I dont think either one is good for Nada and Polo and our like-traveller family.
I wonder what Laylaps will make of all this?
Also the Atlas new sounds, the words we found in them. Are those the Atlas’s words? Did we finally understand what it was saying to us. Is the Atlas warning us or is it just trying to reverse psychology us knowing full well we never listen to a damn thing it tells us to do (yeah no im not hitting that reset button, nice try, now wheres the star I birthed?! STOP IGNORING ME BLOOD BALL!!)