Is Obsidian’s ‘Project X’ RPG Fallout, Called Eternity?
You may remember yesterday Obsidian created a teaser site for a new RPG it has in development known only as ‘Project X’. Well that website has been updated.
Replacing the 4 with a 3 means it’s not actually the fourth entry into a known series as we previously expected – so this won’t be Dungeon Siege 4.
With this in mind, speculation has been rife around the project with some even linking the ‘Ouroboros’ logo – the tail-eating serpent – on the Project X site as tying into the canned Fallout 3 project Van Buren.
This project, which was in development at Black Isle, was intended to be a more traditional sequel to the Fallout series primarily featuring a top-down camera, before becoming the first-person RPG from Bethesda that we know now.
A page on the Fallout wiki mentions Ouroboros, a town that was planned to appear in the Van Buren project. Ouroboros had not been referenced in the series before, but there could be relevance here.
And Obsidian is comprised largely of ex-members of the now-defunct Black Isle team, so it’s a possibility.
Of course the Fallout rights have long been contested between Interplay – the then-owner of the IP – and Bethesda, who now fully owns the rights.
If that casts any doubts, then remember the fact that the Project X teaser website also detailed a Dirge of Eir Glanfath, which doesn’t sound like a Fallout universe ‘thing’ to us.
Additional updates to site continue to point to a more fantasy RPG, too. The website was updated with “The book unread is unwritten. The reason we don’t explain it is the reason we use it. Its power is in its mystery. That is the Leaden Key, in part, in whole. Is it clear?”
The site then adds, “Digging for truth buries the seeker.”
Meanwhile, hidden inside the source code of the site, is extra text: “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.”
Certainly sounds fantastical to us, and far removed from the ‘modern’ world of Fallout.
Others on the Project X forum are speculating on the project’s name, too.
Hidden in the source code yesterday was the note “. X . X X . X X” which has now been updated to “. X . X X . T X“
Assuming the period is a vowel and the X is a consonant – and using this new letter ‘T’ – then it could suggest the name of the game will be Eternity.
Ouroboros, coincidentally, is a Greek symbol for cyclicality or eternity. Intriguing…
More and more we’re believing that Obsidian is working on an IP of its own. As a developer known for working on sequels of existing IPs it’s unusual, but with Alpha Protocol – its only new and original IP it has worked on – long behind them, the time is right for Obsidian to work on its own project again.
Obsidian is also working on South Park: The Stick Of Truth for THQ due out in 2013.