So you might be aware that Double Fine recently announced a puzzle action game called Hack ‘n’ Slash. Hacking as a major mechanic, where a “young elf uses her computer hacking skills to cheat her way through a classic action/adventure game.” Very meta. Double Fine’s press releases are generally the stuff of legends, so I’d really be doing a disservice writing anything else: you can read the full release here.
Very well, hacking as a mechanic. Way to rip off Watch Dogs, Double Fine*. Curiously, however, the press releases ends with a garbled mess of computer jargon, as well as a website where the only thing you can do is download a 12mb image file. Well, this obviously tweaked the noses of Internet super-sleuths who immediately started digging with command lines and hex editors and whatnot – and it turns out there’s a treasure trove of information hidden away for those with the will and skill to see it. Wizards, mainly; potent code sorcerers who clearly form the crux of Double Fine’s fanbase given the insane levels of analysis they’ve been able to apply.
You can read their arcane writings below, so this is a fair warning for spoilers if you want to try and work it out yourself. IF YOU DARE.