Shadow of the Colossus' remake does more than spruce up the game's graphics, it also adds an entirely new collectable for players to find. Players hunting down these hidden trinkets believe they are on the path to a new secret, but there's a hurdle in their path - they don't know how many exist or what will happen when all of them are found.
The original Shadow of the Colossus dotted the game world with white-tailed lizards and special fruit that increase the player's stamina and health respectively. The game didn't keep track of these items, and the only reward for finding them was the ability to reach a garden at the top of the Shrine of Worship. The garden contained a new type of fruit that decreased the player's health and stamina. The remake keeps these secrets, but also add dozens of golden trinkets around the game world that appear to be gold coins:
They glow in the dark. That's how you know they're important.
A total of 70 coins have been found so far, often hiding among ruins or sitting near cliffsides. Reaching them frequently requires difficult jumps that can be made easier with the Cloth of Desperation, a parachute item unlocked by playing the time attack mode.
Players who have beaten the remake discovered that the game credits have a special thanks section that mentions "Nomad Colossus and the 79 steps to enlightenment". Nomad Colossus is YouTuber known for covering Team ICO games and exploring their world. The special thanks has some players speculating that there are 79 items to find before unlocking a greater secret such as a new location or hidden colossus.
The idea is that these items are not gold coins like some players thought, but actually the "enlightenments" mentioned in the credits.
"The community seems on the verge of figuring it out on their own," a representative of Sony told Kotaku via email. "Spoiling things in a news article is counter to the idea of leaving something for the most ardent fans to discover for themselves."
It seems players are on the right track to hunting down the rest of the collectables although Sony doesn't seem keen to reveal what will happen once they are found. With a little more sleuthing, the secret will be revealed. Unless the real secret was just the shiny stuff we collected along the way.