The rollout of the Diablo 2: Resurrection 2.5 patch yesterday appears to have turned on an ARG that has players struggling to decode strings of numbers hidden in the game’s chat lobby.
The interesting start was the announcement that patch 2.5 was live, which included a weird image at the very bottom, accompanied by the message, “We’re flipping through the old Diablo 2 Manual [PDF format] And found this confusing inscription…what does it mean? “
The full image is very high resolution, so everything in it is clearly visible.
Strings of text scribbled in notebooks are the obvious highlight, but Reddit – because it’s always Reddit (opens in new tab)– Quickly notice that one coin in the image is different from the others. It has the words “Keep the Core—Resurrected—???? – 2021” and is physically identical to the chat gem in Diablo II: Resurrected Lobby.From there, they found that it was a Virginia Codeand by using “resurrection” as the key, the three lines of text scrawled in the notebook translate to “What do these orange numbers mean with so many gems.”
That doesn’t make much sense in itself, but it certainly isn’t the end of the chase. Go into Diablo 2: Resurrection’s chat lobby and start tapping the chat gem to activate and deactivate it, eventually (it may take a while) you’ll get an orange number. It looks like this.
I clicked like a demon for three full minutes before that number popped up. More diligent fans have put together macros that automatically click multiple times per second, reducing mouse and finger wear.
Like DRM based on an old book, these numbers – again, this is entirely reddit, I’m terrible at ARGs and can’t claim any credit – translate to specific words in the Diablo 2 instruction manual. The first three numbers in the string represent the position of the word in the hidden message; the next two are the page numbers in the manual; the next two are the line numbers; and the last two are the number of words. So in my example, for example, 558 13 06 15 translates to the word “new”.
these words are Diablo (opens in new tab), Diablo 2 (opens in new tab)and Diablo 2: Resurrection (opens in new tab) subreddits, and several Discord servers, and from there into a large Google Docs Spreadsheet (opens in new tab), where detailed records of the progress of the work are being tracked, and (somewhat) coherent secret messages are starting to merge. A large part of the message has been decoded, and it is filled with passages like “it goes east, and is released by two other dark stones” and “in the light and shadow of the past with the spark of the evil brother”. . ” wording is difficult to parse because it is incomplete and may be out of order, but it is definitely Very Diablo.
Interestingly, this doesn’t seem to be entirely new. PCGamesN (opens in new tab) Recalls a tweet from 2021 Diablo co-creator David Brevik asking if “a special code for chat gems” [will] Still in Resurrected? “The obvious implication is that there was some kind of hidden funkyness in the original Diablo II, which was released more than 20 years ago in June 2000. That’s a very long time for a secret to go undiscovered, But things like this aren’t unprecedented in computer software: this Windows 1.0 Easter egg (opens in new tab) It took almost twice as long to go undetected before it was discovered earlier this year.
Perhaps the most important question of the day. Will the special code for chat gems still be in Resurrected? https://t.co/ORFQtKTzWJFebruary 19, 2021
This Diablo Wiki Also refers to the secrets hidden in the chat gems in the original Diablo II, although not exclusively digital codes. It’s possible that Blizzard just launched a new ARG based on this saga.
Regardless, at this point, no one knows where this is going.This could be the secret reveal of a new feature — and that’s what Blizzard did (opens in new tab) Occasionally – or it could be some deep legend that has gone undiscovered for decades. As a longer-term guess, maybe a big Diablo 4 reveal is on the horizon, although that seems highly unlikely to me. It is also possible that this message is not the end at all, but just the next step towards more and deeper mysteries.
Whatever happens, we may soon have an answer: The Diablo fan base is hard at work, and hidden messages are being decoded quickly.