So that ending. At least in the fairly good percent/100% versions Trace is returned to Earth after the laser lab goes down and devotes himself to figuring out what's what. In high percent and 100% there's also an addition where after the credits the main bad dude (future you) shows up and tells you that it's no use fighting yourself and that it's time to wake up. Then he shoots you. I'm wondering based on the green things if I don't get to see what that means because I died a bunch and took 27 hours to get to that point. Additionally I'm wondering what else I haven't seen because I can't find ANYONE ELSE talking spoilers about the ending on the internet.
So then, what's up with the world? What do you think it's hinting at? Did anyone do a really fast run, a low percent or a hard run to see what differences that makes to the ending?
At first I thought this all some manner of dying or post death dream. Like, as some of the notes explain, he'd died in so many worlds that the only ones left were so inconceivable they had become twisted and grotesque due to the amount of crazy stuff that needed to happen for this one conscious mind to remain active in some form of reality. Additionally, as the titular axiom note say, conciousness in a sub-algorythm that describes the algorithm as a whole. For those within an algorithm it is reality. That said as the game went on it seemed to back away from that. The robot ladies began getting further fleshed out, as did the history of the world. They started establishing that yes, this is a real place with history. Additionally the later areas tended to be more in the way of nature and rocks than pulsing meat. Maybe then what they said was right I figured. Maybe this is like Science Fiction House of Cards and there's a meaty political thriller at the core of this. Future Tracer committed genocide and started taking apart the huge robots from the safety of the breach. The robots really wanted to kick his ass but were being beaten. The only thing they could manage to get down was killing the one allied with him. There's stuff about the heyday of the world and stuff about the decline of it but that's all in the past. Not clear on all those details yet...
The after credits thing though DEFINITELY seems to indicate that my first impressions have more credence than before and this is some manner of dream perhaps driven by multiverse type stuff. Perhaps it is real and there's many of both. Or perhaps it's all a dream and multiple yous showing up is supposed to clue him into reality not being real. Perhaps if it's the multiverse thing killing one makes the other more complete since there's not two people who are supposed to be the same person. Or something. The fleshy stuff in the last chapter sure supports that "It's a dying dream or something" theory... But I dunno.
Why am I apparently the first person to start discussing this? Let's discuss this! It's nuts! What did you think was going on?