Obsidian teases a new game.

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#1 Edited by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Obsidian has revealed "Project X" and has shown this image on their website. The words say: "What do the words mean?" "Nothing. The Dirge of Elr Glanfath is sound without form, a lone voice crying out in mourning because it must." This game is probably The Wheel of Time which has been dormant since it was announced back in 2010. What do you guys think this tease is for Obsidian's next game?

Source: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/09/10/obsidian-teases-next-project.aspx

#2 Posted by Animasta (14711 posts) -

awww, fantasy. I was hoping for something more similar to Alpha Protocol

I wonder if this is gonna be the spiritual sequel to planescape?

#3 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

Dungeon Siege 4?

#4 Posted by doosmacleod (189 posts) -

"Elr Glanfath" doesn't sound very Wheel of Time-esque, so I'm doubting that. A shame. I'd totally Ashaman it up. Or maybe Red Hand it up.

The magic of Google is hinting at Dungeon Siege, so I'd bank money on that. Hard to imagine a new IP having to do with the number 4. Unless it's about some sort of celtic version of Brett Favre.

#5 Posted by bobcat1794 (279 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

....which has been dormant since it was announced back in 2012.

Yes, a time long, long ago in a place far, far away. It lies dormant.

#6 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@bobcat1794 said:

@Phatmac said:

....which has been dormant since it was announced back in 2012.

Yes, a time long, long ago in a place far, far away. It lies dormant.

Man, remember when people freaked out and killed themselves at the end of that year because of some Mayan bullshit? Fucking insane, dude.
#7 Posted by BlackLagoon (1457 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

This game is probably The Wheel of Time which has been dormant since it was announced back in 2012.

Doubt it's that. The Obsidian announcement was in 2010, and the licenceholders have been fairly quiet since then until launching (and apparently canceling) a Kickstarter a few weeks ago where development was being done by Jet Set Games rather than Obsidian.

#8 Edited by Patman99 (1608 posts) -

@BlackLagoon said:

@Phatmac said:

This game is probably The Wheel of Time which has been dormant since it was announced back in 2012.

Doubt it's that. The Obsidian announcement was in 2010, and the licenceholders have been fairly quiet since then until launching (and apparently canceling) a Kickstarter a few weeks ago where development was being done by Jet Set Games rather than Obsidian.

The symbol of the snake eating its own tail is a prominent feature in the Wheel of Time. While I wouldn't go all in on that bet, I would definitely favour the WoT theory.

Edit: But then again, the number 4 kinda ruins that theory and makes it seem more like a new Dungeon Siege. I am really hoping for Wheel of Time.

#9 Posted by Jimbo (9866 posts) -

So Elder Scrolls, then? Didn't Skyrim use an ouroboros somewhere along the line?

#10 Posted by Roger778 (960 posts) -

Damn. I was really hoping it would be a sequel to Alpha Protocol.

Oh, well, maybe this new fantasy game will be good.

#11 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

It's 2010 and not 2012. Sorry for the typo!

#12 Posted by BlackLagoon (1457 posts) -

@Patman99 said:

The symbol of the snake eating its own tail is a prominent feature in the Wheel of Time.

That's Ouroboros, a pretty common mythological symbol. And as I said, WoT licenceholder Red Eagle Games is now promoting their partnership with Jet Set Games with no mention of Obsidian and nothing but a few concept art pieces to show off. Also, Obsidian is a two team studio, so they would have had to put WoT on hold at one point to do South Park, Dungeon Siege 3 and project North Carolina.

#13 Posted by Nomin (978 posts) -

I hear that it is now related to Josh Sawyer's Kickstarter project, with his twitter mentioning him filming something, maybe a pitch video? The name of this possibly single player PC RPG could be 'Eternity' either in name or license. Can't wait for Friday, what with the BLL show and this announcement.

#14 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3065 posts) -

It's got an ouroboros so I'm in for whatever it is. Hopefully it's not porn. It's porn, isn't it?

#15 Posted by Asurastrike (2167 posts) -

I would love another Alpha Protocol game. Hope they get a chance to do one at some point.

#16 Posted by august (3853 posts) -

The Neverending Story 4: the movie: the game.

You heard it here first.

#17 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

All you guys are completely nuts, it's obviously Fallout 4...right? RIGHT?!

#18 Posted by Butano (1746 posts) -

I thought it was Dungeon Siege 4, but it appears to be a countdown, as it was displaying "3" today. Now I'm not sure. Curious if this is anything related to one of their forum topics fishing ideas for a Kickstarter....

Hmm....maybe this is all an elaborate plan to announce South Park: Stick of Truth early?

#19 Posted by Gruff182 (862 posts) -

Probably DS4. Can't see them getting bank for a new IP at this point.

#20 Posted by Animasta (14711 posts) -

Sawyer wouldn't be hyping it up if it was DS4.

#21 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

Obviously not Fallout 4, but since it will help me sleep at night, I'll go with that.

#22 Posted by Rohok (554 posts) -

Obsidian ruined Dungeon Siege, so they can suck my cock.

#23 Edited by ValiantGrizzly (498 posts) -

The Serpent Ring is a thing in Wheel of Time fiction, but nothing about that text reminds me of the books, so I don't know.

But.. FUCKING WHEEL OF TIME, MAN. GIVE ME MY AES SEDAI/ASHA'MAN RPG.

EDIT: Throw out your Fallout 4/Dungeon Siege 4 theories, the number is now a 3.

#24 Edited by AndrewB (7668 posts) -

@mandude said:

Obviously not Fallout 4, but since it will help me sleep at night, I'll go with that.

But I'd laugh my ass off if, with that cryptic string of fantasy-sounding words, it did turn out to be Fallout 4. Also, I wouldn't mind Obsidian taking over Fallout.

God damn it. I want Obsidian to continue to do original stuff. Another Dungeon Siege game isn't interesting unless it does something drastically different and sets itself apart from the past iterations.

#25 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5036 posts) -

Fallout 4 It sounds like a fantasy setting and Obsidian made Dungeon Siege 3, but I don't think 3 made that much money to get a sequel. Whatever, its Dungeon Siege 4.

#26 Posted by BlackLagoon (1457 posts) -

Nobody's been able to connect the various names and expressions from the countdown page to anything established, so most likely this is something new Obsidian is developing on their own. J.E. Sawyer also tweeted about filming something, which has started speculation that they're doing a pitch video for a Kickstarter.

#27 Posted by Balex1908 (143 posts) -

The number is just a countdown thing, so no Fallout 4 or Dungeon Siege 4.

#28 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

@AlexanderSheen said:

Fallout 4 It sounds like a fantasy setting and Obsidian made Dungeon Siege 3, but I don't think 3 made that much money to get a sequel. Whatever, its Dungeon Siege 4.

Dungeon Siege 3 cost pennies to make. It wasn't a massive success, but it made a good profit. It wouldn't surprise me to see them do a sequel and if they acknowledge the problems, they could make the fourth game much better. Plus they already have the engine and assets this time.

The fact the countdown started on 4, which is an odd number to begin a countdown on, makes me think it'll still be Dungeon Siege. I'd probably prefer if they were just doing a new game through Kickstarter though. Obsidian are great developers who constantly get screwed over by publishers.

#29 Posted by ProfessorEss (7450 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

Obsidian are great developers who constantly get screwed over by publishers.

I dunno man. Though they have had a history of being screwed over by publishers they also have a history of being equally screwed by releasing very buggy product. I would think that a lot of people unfamiliar with their history sees them as "those guys who release awesomely written, but almost broken games".

#30 Edited by Viking_Funeral (1817 posts) -

I'm guessing a new IP being launched with a Kickstarter.

Of all the times to have just gone on a spending spree... Damn it!

#31 Posted by JerichoBlyth (1044 posts) -

Is it not that Wheel of Time they announced earlier this year?

Neverwinter Nights? Alpha Protoballs?

#32 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

@ProfessorEss: Their games are always buggy BECAUSE of the publishers. Almost every one of their games has been rushed to release, in some cases leaving them no time to even finish the game (KotOR 2). You can't really blame them for releasing an unfinished game, when the release windows were completely outside of their control. It's really a shame so many place the blame on Obsidian.

#33 Posted by punkxblaze (2990 posts) -

Unrelated, but I would actually be really interested to see an Obsidian built Elder Scrolls game. I know it's Bethesda's baby, unlike fallout, so that would probably never happen, but a TES game with Obsidian quality writing would really float my boat. It would be buggy as shit, but hey, that's why PC games have mod communities.

#34 Posted by zels (207 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

Obsidian has revealed "Project X" and has shown this image on their website. The words say: "What do the words mean?" "Nothing. The Dirge of Elr Glanfath is sound without form, a lone voice crying out in mourning because it must." This game is probably The Wheel of Time which has been dormant since it was announced back in 2010. What do you guys think this tease is for Obsidian's next game?

Source: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/09/10/obsidian-teases-next-project.aspx

It's a WoT game, the symbol above is an Aes Sedai symbol that sybolizes the continuity of time. Here:

https://www.google.ie/search?q=wheel+of+time+aes+sedai+ring&hl=en&rlz=1C1CHMO_en-gbIE496IE496&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=cYdQUJiVMZG2hAfY_4DABg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1097&bih=521

#35 Edited by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

@zels: It's not, because, as said, first of all, a snake eating it's own tail is not unique to the Wheel of Time. It's an Ouroboros. A common mythological theme. Second, the holder of the Wheel of Time IP, Red Eagle, recently announced that they are now working with Jet Set Games, developing Mobile Games.

Also, as someone who has read the books multiple times, there's nothing in anything written so far that I feel could even be remotely related. (This is not to say it isn't, just that it doesn't have that feel).

It's a shame, as I would've liked to have seen Obsidian make a Wheel of Time game, and additionally unfortunate because Red Eagle are now working on Mobile Games? (Euuuuugh).

If anything, the names/locations in the texts have a bit of a celtic feel to me, which makes me think a bit of Dungeon Siege. Could be new IP, or something else.

*shrug*

#36 Posted by Codeacious (960 posts) -

The symbol does look kind of like the Aes Sedai symbol, but in the novels the snake is actually in a figure-8 shape rather than a ring.

For that bit of pessimism, though, I would freaking love to see a WoT game done well. I've been reading those books for about 8 years now. Of course, this is Obsidian we're talking about, so they'll probably get the WoT part of it right and the game part of it will be kind of janky.

#37 Posted by zels (207 posts) -

@Mnemoidian: Yeah, the quote does not resemble anything from the books in both content and tone.

Still, I/we can hope? I need something to keep me going until Jan after all :D

#38 Posted by Questionable (619 posts) -

Oh looky, another bug filled obsidian production.
I'm sorry guys but you burned me with dungeon siege 3, see ya around in another 5 years.

#39 Edited by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

@Codeacious: Nah, the ring is a simple loop. The ring is described as being "shaped as" a Great Serpent - not sure how you'd do that with an infinity symbol (brass knuckles?)

The Ouroboros on the logo of Wheel of Time (an infinity-symbol-shaped Ouroboros weaved through a wooden wheel) is shaped like the infinity symbol, though.

edit: and here's the officially licensed "Aes Sedai Great Serpent ring": http://www.fantasy-jewelry.com/products/Aes-Sedai-Great-Serpent-Ring.html

@zels: I wish I could, but there's pretty overwhelming evidence of it not being this!

Like this quote from the source of the countdown page:

<!--. X . X X . T X -->
<!-- Two centuries ago, your divine champion told the people of Dyrwood to grovel at his feet. If you've come on pilgrimage to the blasted crater that was our reply, Godhammer Citadel is *that* way. -->

Just boiling it down to "Godhammer" invalidates any Wheel of Time theory (the word "God" has been carefully avoided through all books. Synonyms are used ("Creator"), but "God" is not a concept that has ever been used)

If anything, I'd say that the key to figuring this out what it is rather than what it is not is in the cipher on the first line of that quote.

#40 Posted by Brodehouse (10072 posts) -

I like Obsidian games.

#41 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

Obsidian making a wheel of time game yes please

#42 Posted by ozzdog12 (862 posts) -

@Phatmac: No thanks

#43 Posted by Nomin (978 posts) -

.X.XX.XX

.X.XX.TX

.X.XXITX

The comment code on the splash page seems to be revealed one character each day? I don't know if correct, but '.' seems to denote vowel, 'x' a consonant.

Also:

#44 Posted by Silvergun (297 posts) -

It's obviously a game based on the short lived FOX tv series 'Millennium'.

#45 Posted by Brodehouse (10072 posts) -
@Silvergun

It's obviously a game based on the short lived FOX tv series 'Millennium'.

Lance Henriksen confirmed.
#46 Edited by Animasta (14711 posts) -

@Nomin: that means no rope (kid) here, (rope kid being his handle on somethingawful), OBVIOUSLY.

also wanna meet that bag, pretty sweet bag

#47 Posted by Scrawnto (2456 posts) -

I never played Planescape: Torment. Anyone here who did that could hazard a guess at whether this could relate to the supposed kickstarter for that?

#48 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11909 posts) -

I wish it could be a Wheel of Time RPG where you are a Aes Sedai/Asha Man and wreck fools by channeling the one power. But sadly it probably isn't. Dungeon Siege 4? Ehhhhh.... bleh.

Either way, Obsidian is a developer I want to stay in business, so we'll see.

#49 Posted by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

@Nomin: On Obsidian's forums, they suggested it could be "ETERNITY", getting an I before the T today seems to support that idea.

#50 Posted by TheHT (11513 posts) -

A Wheel of Time game? Alright Obsidian, I'm listening.

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