Don’t Starve “Progress” update contains some creepy secrets

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On Friday, Klei Entertainment released a trailer for its forthcoming Don’t Starve update that will be called Progress. Progress will be released on January 29, and it could be the best update the game has gotten yet. The trailer also contains some clever secrets that the Don’t Starve community has been deciphering over the past 24 hours. In fact, the image of Maxwell here is one of those secrets.

Throughout the trailer, a QR code flashes on the screen. When you scan that code, you’re taken to a website that shows Maxwell’s creepy portrait that hides a wall of faintly illuminated text. The text reads:

Your Eyes Deceive You

I’m Afraid They’ve Lied

What Matters Most

Is On The Inside

Pretty cryptic and creepy huh? But what does it all mean? To find the answer, you have to look at the web page’s source code. When you do that (I used Chrome), you’ll see a line of text that reads,”Forbidden Knowledge doesn’t come easy. To unzip these lips you’ll need to take a long hard look inside.”

To unlock this new secret, you have to save the image of Maxwell and unzip the file. Hidden inside the picture is another picture that shows Wilson asleep at a campfire surrounded by silhouettes of scary creatures. The picture carries the file name “Insanity.”

If you recall, a new insanity feature was revealed last year. We don’t have a lot of details about it, but we do know characters will gradually grow insane based on their actions. It appears Klei is starting to tease this feature.

My hat goes off to Klei for creating this fascinating scavenger hunt. It really has reignited passions for Don’t Starve.

Now let’s get to what the Progress update will contain. For the first time, we’ll be able to build actual walls. In the past, players would build walls by planting trees really close together. Klei combated this by requiring trees to be spaced further apart. When the update hits, we’ll be able to build walls out of materials such as grass, wood and stone. It’s not quite like building a house, but it’s a start.

We’ll also get a boomerang weapon, a new librarian character and see baby beefalos. There’s a mammoth-like creature hanging around too. Klei has also implemented a progression system. We’ll be able to construct a device that will transport Wilson and company to new worlds. Progress and inventory items will be saved when you travel, but the your  current world will be erased.

It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to the complete product. If you haven’t played Don’t Starve in a while, you’re going to want to boot it up this Tuesday.

Source [Don’t Starve Blog]

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