Does the number ‘4’ have any significant significance to you? Does it call out to you from the dark, lit up among the darkness of the rest of the numbers? How about a snake eating itself, the classical Ouroboros? Or the phrase ‘What do the words mean?’? At this point I’m just throwing things out to see what sticks. Obsidian are teasing a new game, and there’s not much to go on. Doesn’t mean we’re not going to have a go, though.
So we’ve got an Ouroboros encircling a 4. Personally I’d reckon that 4 is a countdown, although it could refer to the fourth in a series, and there’s plenty to pick from. Fallout 4, Dungeon Siege 4, KotOR 4, all of them are projects Obsidian has worked on before in the past, and while the style certainly leads more towards fantasy than sci-fi or the post apocalypse, that doesn’t rule out the possibilities.
Much more telling is the Ouroboros, tied with the second line, “Nothing. The Dirge of Eir Glanfath is sound without form, a lone voice crying out in mourning because it must.” The Ouroboros is tied with Norse mythology as the serpent Jörmungandr, which is in keeping with the name ‘Eir Glanfath’, which sounds pretty Celctic/Norse to me.
There’s also another line, hidden in the source code of the page, that reads “To tenderness, fellowship. To fellowship, vigilance. So bring we all to the Night Market. I am the Spindle of Esenath. Know me by my light and stand with me in darkness.” While even more ambiguous, it’s certainly pushing things even more in a fantasy direction.
Which brings me to the second major route of speculation. Back in 2010, before this website was even a twinkle in the eye, Obsidian were mentioned as helping Red Eagle to work on a Wheel of Time game, based on Robert Jordan’s massively best selling franchise. This was started in conjunction with EA Partners, but just 3 days ago a Kickstarter they began, aiming to get $450,000, cancelled, having not even managed $3,000.
The thing is, the symbol for the Wheel of Time series is an Ouroboros in the infinity symbol, above a wheel. It’s coincidence rather than proof, but it does all seem to line up rather nicely.
Either way, I reckon we’ll know more by the end of the week. That 4 still has to mean something, and there are 4 days before Friday.