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Obsidian Entertainment has launched a new countdown page, hinting at something big in the works. The studio's website has been replaced with a simple design featuring a tail-swallowing snake, the number four, and a reference to "The Dirge of Eír Glanfath".
"What do the words mean?"
"Nothing. The Dirge of Eír Glanfath is sound without form, a lone voice crying out in mourning because it must."
Clicking the image takes gamers to a forum asking for "Speculation and discussion" on the mysterious Project X, "Obsidian's next RPG endeavor", which is so secret "not even its project codename is yet being revealed".
The Californian developer is home to Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol, Neverwinter Nights and Knights of the Old Republic (among others), and has - at one stage - owned the rights to the Wheel of Time series. That said, current speculation is focussing on a potential new addition to the Dungeon Siege franchise.
Dungeon Siege III was released last year to decent reviews - and was briefly known as "Project X" while in development. It's also worth noting that Dungeon Siege publisher Square Enix has also hinted at a "Project X" in development, but suggests this is unrelated to the fantasy franchise.
The website's source code contains further clues:
X . X X . X X 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.
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