It was just a matter of time. After the epic, magnificence of the original riddle in Trials HD, it was almost inevitable that those crazy eggheads at Redlynx would put together something similarly incredible for Trials Evolution. The folks over at the Redlynx forums have been working on putting together the pieces of this puzzle, and they have found something spectacular.
This may be the greatest, most complicated easter egg of all time.
It all began when players started finding random letters, scattered throughout the game on signposts. Some very clever folks started putting these letters all together. Eventually they put together a cipher. But it looked like a series of random letters!
MurdocLoch, a regular over at the Redlynx forums, set about breaking the code. This is the insane part.
MurdocLoch had been reading up on Vigenère ciphers — about codes where, if one word is guessed, it’s possible to crack and translate chunks of coded messages. He decided to take a guess at what one of the words might be, and voila!
I’ll let MurdocLoch explain it in his own words, because this is super confusing.
I was pretty sure that the last word “LZHHG” was actually “RIGHT” so by plugging “LZHHG” in to the decrypt box and using the key “RIGHT” i got “URBAN” Which seemed like it was unscrambled so I tried to guess the word before which was “OMXM” so now in the decrypt box I have “OMXM, LZHHG” Since i know how ingame passwords work and many of them have an up down left right rhythm to them I guess that this four letter word is left but really if i guessed down wrong left would have been my next guess – so using the key “leftright” the code is decrypted into “DIST, URBAN” or disturban – at this point i know i’m on the right path – I keep working backwards in this fassion untill i have revealed the entire code portion of the cipher “CH, FOOR, HD, PSYU, UC, LQWY, OMXM, LZHHG” using the key “updownupdownupdownleftright” is then decrypted as “IS, CASE, NO, MECH, AN, ICAL, DIST, URBAN” or “is case no mechanical disturban” and i assume that the last word is disurbance so i google in quotes “is case no mechanical disturbance” and the forth hit down in the preview text i see in bold the words in perfect succession – It’s a wikipedia page for the Bohr–Einstein debates.
Then things escalated…
Next I simply selected the entire sentence that that portion of the key was found in “Naturally, in this case no mechanical disturbance of the system under examination can take place in the crucial stage of the process of measurement.” and removed the spaces and punctuation so i was left with this"naturallyinthiscasenomechanicaldisturbanceofthesystemunderexaminationcantakeplaceinthecrucialstageoftheprocessofmeasurement"
So I plugged that into the Key and the text from the signs into the encrypted message box clicked decrypt and voila – the cipher was broken!
Long story short — after an incredible amount of code-breaking and wizardry, MurdocLoch had translated the following…
VN-ZUDE XFQQPMV NJQM LLR UMQG VPGQQND
QILNLV DAYNW KNMOWUMJIMAH.
FWEIX XNP XNSL BVR HIELT MLTNKRSQAM.
SICG ZTWM EZX RUGY FGK WIFD QR LZS SQBT JITO.
BYFAGHX LZGSE QBVVR-
CH, FOOR, HD, PSYU, UC, LQWY, OMXM, LZHHG
IN-GAME MUSIC TO 0 FROM THE GAME OPTIONS
NATURE CALLS WITH SCORPION.
START AND PASS THE FIRST CHECKPOINT.
LEAP FROM THE ROCK AND STOP ON THE NEXT ROCK.
PUSH THE RIGHT STICK-
UP, DOWN, UP, DOWN, UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT
Clearly this was some sort of cheat code. ‘Nature Calls’ is a track in the new Riders of Doom DLC. Scorpion is one of the motorcycles in the game. The rest? Pretty clear instructions.
Below is a video of someone following those instructions.
Apparently this clue, which takes the form of a properly recorded song with bizarre lyrics, provides instructions to help solve an even larger Trials riddle within Trials Evolution. Down the rabbit hole we go…
Antti Ilvessuo, Creative Director at Redlynx, and the creator of the original Trials riddle is, of course watching this unfold, I imagine, like a Bond Villain, from a secret lair somewhere in Finland. He even took the time to comment on this breakthrough.
“That was fast,” he said. “But is it over? No ;)”
If you’re interested in helping out with the riddle, or just want to read more about it, head to the Redlynx forums.
Big thanks to FatShady for helping me understand this!