No Man's Sky Dev Sending Out Cryptic Audio Tapes

There are 16 in all, and initial analysis shows that developer Hello Games may be working on something related to portals.


No Man's Sky developer Hello Games has been running in stealth mode the last few months. There has been little word on what they are working on to update the game since the 1.22 patch in March added new vehicles and permadeath. But it appears something is going on now, as Hello Games has sent out some game swag along with 16 rather cryptic audio cassettes to various members of the gaming community.

Mods in the No Man's Sky subreddit started receiving the tapes a few days ago, and immediately people started trying to figure out what they mean, if they had a cassette player of course. The site is awash with speculation and analysis about hidden messages, with some going so far as spectrographic analysis and running the results through a ROT13 encryption converter. The result seems to point to the word Portal, which matches up with a description in one of the packages: "The giant gateway calls out to me, filling my mind with whispered secrets of a far-flung world."

Some recipients have been reluctant to give up their tapes, making an analysis of all 16 a bit tougher, but one user said Hello Games apparently foresaw this and has promised help if the need arises.

This megathread has plenty of details, and all the latest analysis. We'll have to wait for Hello Games to give us the official word on what it all means, but the speculation is always fun.

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    June 7, 2017 10:28 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, No Man's Sky Dev Sending Out Cryptic Audio Tapes

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      June 7, 2017 11:16 AM

      Did they ever finish this game?

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        June 7, 2017 1:17 PM

        Depends on what your definition of finished is and means for a game like No Man's Sky but since you're asking this question your answer is almost certainly "no"

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        June 7, 2017 5:06 PM

        They have done a ton of work on the game since release, it is absolutely a better game now than it was when it came out. Finished? Hard to say, it's pretty damn solid and more complete than before, for sure.

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      June 7, 2017 11:17 AM

      "Upon further analysis, the faint sound of Sean Murray farting into a microphone could be discerned "

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      June 7, 2017 1:29 PM

      Was this the most overhyped game ever?

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        June 7, 2017 2:35 PM


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        June 7, 2017 3:19 PM

        No it was Spore.

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          June 7, 2017 4:01 PM

          Black and White would like a word with you.

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            June 7, 2017 5:07 PM

            Yeah, black and white wins in a landslide lol

          • Zek legacy 10 years
            June 7, 2017 7:15 PM

            I don't really remember what people's expectations were, but I liked that game. I was more disappointed by B&W2.

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            June 7, 2017 7:54 PM

            Had a lot of fun in Black & White.. was not disappointed with it!

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            June 8, 2017 2:17 AM

            The first opening parts of B&W was quite impressive. Then when the real game began it was a tire fire.

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          June 7, 2017 4:10 PM

          This is correct.

          EA had Robin Williams doing demos. The game was delayed dozens of times. EA had just come off the high of The Sims and they wanted Spore to be their next "its own industry" game.

          Instead it comes out and tries to be five different games, none of them done all that well, and the demo creature controller was probably the best part, and it was free.

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        June 7, 2017 4:16 PM


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        June 7, 2017 4:39 PM

        no most overhyped but most over promised under delivered.

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        June 7, 2017 4:42 PM

        Depends on what meets your definition. I think people expected AAA and what they got was an Indie Kickstarter.

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          June 7, 2017 4:44 PM

          It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is

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        June 7, 2017 5:04 PM

        I'd say it was the most recent overhyped game. Not the most of all time.

        Most of the hype came from people who hadn't even played the game building it up to something it was never going to be. Easy enough to look past the delusions and realize it probably wasn't going to deliver, but the promise of what it was trying to do still had some allure.

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        June 7, 2017 5:08 PM

        Wouldn't that be Duke Nukem Forever?

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          June 7, 2017 5:32 PM

          around these parts ya thats one of the top ones

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          June 7, 2017 7:55 PM

          It was at one point, and then after a while I think everyone knew it was going to be shit and expectations were tempered.

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        June 8, 2017 5:01 AM

        I still think Black & White may hold that crown.

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      June 7, 2017 1:54 PM

      They're a small team. Also, you can play these audio tapes with your friends.

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      June 7, 2017 4:19 PM


      I'm surprised the devs haven't disappeared. That game got trashed on bad.

      Hoping for an exciting E3 announcement.

      Maybe there will be a single player campaign added? That'd be cool

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      June 7, 2017 5:07 PM

      13 Reasons Why

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      June 7, 2017 5:34 PM

      If No Man's Sky sounded cool to you, check out World's Apart. You build steampunk-style ships (totally customizable), fly them around, explore cool hand-designed islands, gather resources to build cooler ships, team up with pals to build cooler ships, and blow up other people's ships. The current zones are admittedly small, but it'd take you hundreds of hours to explore all of the current content in the game and it just came out of alpha.

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        June 7, 2017 5:35 PM

        Sorry I meant Worlds Adrift! :D

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        June 7, 2017 8:31 PM

        Sorry my ships will all be HAWT
        (gonna play just got busy)

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