A cryptic puzzle that spans two games from CD Projekt Red has sparked a massive online investigation
Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 are two of the most popular and acclaimed games from Polish developer CD Projekt Red. But they also share a secret that has been baffling fans for over three years: a mysterious code that appears on some statues in Cyberpunk 2077 and a hidden symbol in The Witcher 3. The code is FF:06:B5, and it seems to have some connection to the ancient Slavic alphabet and the color magenta. But what does it mean, and what is the purpose of this cross-game puzzle?
The clues are scattered across the games and the internet
The first clue was found in Cyberpunk 2077, where some large and stylized statues have a readout with the code FF:06:B5 on their base. Some monks near one of the statues warn the players that their “throat chakra is blocked” and that they should “activate the meridians on the roof of [their] mouth”. This cryptic message has led some fans to speculate that the code is related to some kind of voice command or sound frequency.
The second clue was discovered in The Witcher 3, where a new symbol was added to the game in its next-gen update. The symbol is an ouroboros, a snake eating its own tail, with the letters FF, VQ, and B2 written across the top in Glagolitic script, the oldest known Slavic alphabet. The letters are equivalent to the code FF:06:B5 in hexadecimal, and the color of the symbol matches the magenta hue of the code. The symbol is hidden behind a portal in a remote bastion, and it seems to have no other function in the game.
The third clue was revealed in the latest update 2.0 for Cyberpunk 2077, which added a new laptop displaying ancient Slavic text in the middle of a landfill. The text is a poem by the 19th-century Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov, and it contains the word “magenta” in Cyrillic. The laptop also has a sticker with the code FF:06:B5 and a QR code that leads to a website with a countdown timer and a message saying “Phantom Liberty is coming”.
The fourth clue is a new secret arcade game in Cyberpunk 2077, which is a Johnny Silverhand-themed Wolfenstein 3D clone. The game can be accessed by entering a code on a terminal in a hidden room in a nightclub. The game has several levels, each with a different theme and enemies. The final level is a server farm, where the player can find a computer with the code FF:06:B5 and a message saying “You are not ready yet”.
The puzzle has sparked a huge online community and controversy
The puzzle has attracted thousands of fans who have been trying to solve it for years. They have created a dedicated subreddit, FF:06:B5, where they share their findings, theories, and speculations. They have also used various methods and tools, such as numerology, Cyberpunk lore, Morse code, and datamining, to look for more clues and hints.
However, the puzzle has also caused some controversy and frustration among the fans. Some have accused CD Projekt Red of trolling them or wasting their time with a meaningless or unsolvable puzzle. Some have also criticized the use of datamining, which is the extraction of data from the game files, as a cheating or unethical way of solving the puzzle. Some have argued that datamining spoils the fun and the mystery of the puzzle, while others have defended it as a legitimate and necessary technique.
The puzzle remains unsolved, but the fans are hopeful and excited
Despite the years of investigation and the new clues, the puzzle remains unsolved and mysterious. No one knows what the code FF:06:B5 means, what it unlocks, or how it connects Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3. Some fans have speculated that it could be a teaser for a new game, a DLC, a crossover, or a secret ending. Some have also suggested that it could be a tribute to the late author Stanisław Lem, who wrote sci-fi novels with Slavic themes and influences.
Whatever the case, the puzzle has created a huge and passionate online community of fans who are eager and curious to find out the truth. They are also looking forward to the upcoming Phantom Liberty, which is a new expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 that will be released on November 30. Phantom Liberty is said to be a standalone story that will explore the origins and secrets of Johnny Silverhand, the iconic rockerboy played by Keanu Reeves. Perhaps Phantom Liberty will also reveal more clues or answers to the puzzle, or maybe it will add more layers of mystery and intrigue. Either way, the fans are ready to dive into the cyberpunk world again and continue their quest to solve the puzzle that spans two games and three years.