at last month, Redditors at Neil: Automata The community has been trying to solve a mystery. It involved a secret door, a church allegedly hidden in the game for five years, and some 175,000 fans arguing whether it was real or a very elaborate lie.
Like many conspiracies, it started with a cryptic online post.Two months ago, Reddit user sadfutago went to a small Neil Forum asking how to start a church in Platinum’s 2017 hit game. The post didn’t make much of a splash, but they went on to follow up with photos and later videos of the area: a papery white room that, aside from a few small hints, some fans saw as a nod to other games in the series. No other players have been able to find it since sadfutago started posting it.
After countless theories and investigations, no one could figure out what this room was, or how it got there. Is it the work of a premium modder, or is it just an old code unlocked on the dev kit? Maybe this is a trailer for a new game or a Switch version of the game later this year? Or is it the last secret hidden by the infamously mysterious and eccentric creator Taro Yoko? The answer may not be as important as the meta-mystery it creates. “It’s either a god-level and impressive scam or really cool leftover data, either way, it’s amazing,” user SoftDisappointment wrote in a thread. “I’ve never been so happy before that I might have been scammed.”
Neil: Automata Unlike other similar games. Taro is notorious for wearing a grinning bubble-like headgear that looks like a Tim Burton prop, and his game is known for doing something you think you know.The secret is his business, and Neil filled with them.a player Find Supposed to be the last of 2021: a feature unlock cheat code, valid only in super-specific circumstances, that was later identified as Taro’s hidden gem by the game’s official Twitter account. But this time, Taro will not offer any help. Even his response put the players on the shortest hunt of his career. “Do you want to know my insight?” he tweet earlier this week. “In that case, you can find the answer on my Twitter profile. Thanks.”
Chasers for this shot? His Twitter bio says: “I can’t answer any product. Please ask the publisher.”
two Neil Fans Lyn and Vera (who asked WIRED to use only their first names) share a Twitter account that has been religiously documenting every major development via a popular thread Vera created. Both said they had been watching closely. Vera is keen to get answers straight from the source (the people who make the game) to “provide some sort of explanation for the wild goose chase we’ve been doing.” Lynn doesn’t get much sleep. “In any other game franchise, something like this would be dismissed as a scam very quickly,” Lynn said. But Taro “created a huge myth, much of which was messed up with the player. That meant it was completely impossible not to discover.”
Lynn compares it to a David Lynch movie Mulholland Driveor like Mark Z. Danielewski’s “Intentionally Obtuse” book Leaf House. Fans may pick out different threads and discuss theories, but ultimately these mediums are static, not interactive. “In all of these situations, everyone is going through the same thing, and they don’t vary from person to person,” Lynn said. “In video games, anything can happen, and developers like Taro Yoko are known to hide secrets that go undiscovered for years.”
NeilThe community has gone to great lengths to solve the problem: mining literature, censoring architecture, trying reconstruction themselves, creating memes. Modifiers continue to share their progress as they research the evidence. The rabbit hole is getting deeper and deeper, and the fan base is watching. “Everyone should have that mindset for searches like this; they’re definitely about the journey and what’s found in the game, not a single, single secret,” Lyn said.
On Reddit, the mystery continued as the original poster posted more footage for armchair detectives to sift through. “I… can’t understand how this could be true or How could this be fake,” user vgxmaster wrote after posting a new video Wednesday night. “However this ends, I think I’ll go with the flow. Thank you for taking us on this journey. “