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Report: Trials Evolution riddle has been solved, will conclude 100 years from now

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A devoted fan of the motocross-themed puzzle game series called Trials related the incredible story of how the riddle hidden inside 2012's Trials Evolution has finally been solved. In a story published yesterday by Kotaku Australia, Brad Hill — better known as Professor FatShady — shared the globe-spanning tale, including an interview with the man who created the riddle itself.

It all began when a set of wooden planks were found in the game. Once decoded, they instructed players to perform an obscure trick in-game, which in turn unlocked a hidden song. So far, all fairly standard game riddle shenanigans.

But hidden inside a graphical analysis of the song itself was a barely discernable message in Morse code, which led to a website, which contained another riddle, which when unraveled contained coordinates to four specific sites around the world — one in San Francisco, California, another in Bath, England, a third in Helsinki, Finland and the last in Sydney, Australia.

Secreted at each location were tiny, identical wax-sealed chests. It get's weirder from there, and is definitely worth a read.

But here's the craziest part: It will be generations before this mystery concludes. Not console generations mind you, but actual human generations. One of the keys found through the course of exploration will unlock a mysterious something, which will be placed at the base of the Eiffel Tower some time in the year 2113.

Antti [ilvessuo, the creator of the riddle] has been very clear. This is happening. He has made very specific arrangements to ensure there will be something to open when the key holders arrive in August 2113. This story will be passed down through the generations and there will likely be four to five people gathered beneath the Eiffel Tower with keys in 2113. There will likely be a man in a hat and umbrella standing there in the rain, eerily similar to the scene from Back to the Future II where the postal worker delivers a letter to Marty in 1955, from 1885. There will be excitement, uncertainty and curiosity like very few people will have ever felt.

All we can say is, to borrow a phrase from the latest Trials game, "Welcome to the future. Man. Machine. The future."

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