So we all know that the ARG “ended” with the lead up to update 1.3, but there are several major loose ends that don’t make sense to me if the ARG was truly over and done with.
1.) We have still only received 9/16 tapes. With a total of 15 people having been notified around the same time beforehand and Ryan being contacted as a stand out member of the community during the early stages of the ARG, I don’t think it makes sense that we haven’t gotten these yet if the ARG was truly over for good.
2.) Along the same line of thinking no one has received their level 4 atlas passes yet. While these could just be a simple piece of memorabilia to remember the game by, the Atlas V1-3 passes each unlocked extra sections of the simulation in the game itself, so I think these could be a key towards unlocking the “next” step in the game. Additionally we never used our Designations given to us when requesting our passes. I think that the passes might point us to 16 specific locations in-game with a small puzzle to be solved by each group.
3.) There are still a bunch of unused commands, and glyphs on the wakingtitan.com site. I think this is probably the most obvious one, as we were playing the ARG the glyphs all unlocked in order, so the incomplete glyphs are most likely not a case where we missed some key clue for unlocking one.
4.) At the end of the ARG Emily told us she was “Going away for a while”, but that she would return and that she already knew everything that was about to happen. This would imply she knew about her eventual breakdown and demise, and that we are being allowed to see what we see in the Atlas Rising update as a kind of warning or guide for what is to come.
With all these put together along with the story in the Atlas Rising update I think the next stage of the ARG will begin in the next few months, and will lead all lead up to the Atlas’s plan to stave off its eventual demise by having us help give input into its simulation today. This will all build up to having the glitches in the simulation get worse and worse until all of the players can work together (possibly via multiplayer?) towards a common goal of saving the Atlas.
What are your thoughts, do you think the ARG is truly over, or do you think that there’s still more in store for us?