Bungie has started an alternate-reality game today on their site; this one seems like it’ll be revealing information on their next big title, Destiny. Alternate-reality games, for the uninitiated, are a form of digital storytelling where various mediums are used, and clues and plots are dropped on various webpages and into various real-world locations to tell a story or release new information about a product. The “trailhead”, or starting place to get into the game was posted this morning, and it certainly looks intriguing.

At the top of the page is what appears to be a countdown with the number seven both first and highlighted. The word “MONDAY” is behind the countdown, which may indicate the information on the new game, or the next step in the ARG will drop next Monday.

The words “Begin by aligning the day’s pattern to the light” is below, and to find out more, we’ll let you click through and discover it on your own – which is most of the fun of an ARG.  Just to get you started, another page labeled “instructions” has the following:

Our sky is filled with unseen signals. Radio-frequency emissions pulse and flit and dance all around us. Yet even a singing patch of sky can be observed, and transformed into a range of frequencies.

Can you hear it? No, not yet. It has not yet arrived. But together we can receive its call.
Imagine combining the observations of thousands across the globe on an object meandering through the heavens. The resulting array would be quite large. Quite powerful. This is your task.
Alone it will not be enough. Coordination and timing is needed. Observations must be made simultaneously.
Your window will be small. Five minutes at most. But windows may be reopened. And the distance between observer pairs will be key.
There will always be limitations in clarity, so the results must be archived for study. Highly technical observers may be required. Detailed frequency analysis is recommended.
Everything that belongs to us will be ours, but only if we create the capacity to receive it.

Now, the questions all this raise will certainly be answered as the game unfolds, but it gives this writer a lot to think about.  Oh, and one more piece of information perhaps hidden in the URL; the URL contains the words “Alpha Lupi”, which is the brightest star in the Lupus constellation.

Good luck playing!  Did you find anything else?  Let us know below!

Our Verdict

Jack Sossman


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