The number four has become a number three - it was a countdown rather than a number symbolic of the new Project X RPG that Obsidian has been teasing.
I bet you knew that.
The countdown will end on Friday afternoon/evening, UK time.
There are fresh clues.
"The book 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?"
No, it jolly well isn't.
"Digging for truth buries the seeker."
And in the page source code:
"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. "
Speculation on the official Project X forum seemed to rule out the Wheel of Time game Obsidian was once drafted by IP owner Red Eagle to help with. Wheel of Time has specific names and locations, and these don't appear to be linked to them.
So, what is this new game? With the number four changing to a three, Dungeon Siege 4 loses relevance - but isn't ruled out entirely.
Could this be a completely new IP? Obsidian's made a business out of developing sequels for other people's IP - Knights of the Old Republic 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeon Siege 4. It's own original IP, modern day spy RPG Alpha Protocol, had nice ideas but fell short in terms of quality and sales.
Yesterday's cryptic "" part of the Obsidian website source code changed to "" overnight. Speculation suggested this could be the gradual reveal of the game's name - the T being the first letter. If that means X denotes a consonant, and a period denotes a vowel, then the word Eternity - as guessed by a Project X forum member - would fit. It would also relate to the Ouroboros (dragon eating its tail) symbol that Obsidian has teased.