Possible Halo 4 ARG appears-Test Subjects Needed-The Human Preservation Project.

This is for the Human Preservation Projct ARG-which started out as Test Subjects Needed. At first I assumed this would be related to Halo,for now I’m not sure so I renamed it to the Human Preservation Project.You will find a detailed summary below,including dates of events. Now,to get you started.

Q:What is an ARG?
A: An ARG is short for Alternative Reality Game. These are usually like video games,but the player interacts in the real world as well as in the games world,much akin to Halo 2’s ilovebees ARG.

There have been currently three phrases-Test Subjects Needed,Mission Icefly and The Genesis


Test Subjects Needed
May 24
An advertisement printed in the Flashpoint comic series leads to Testsubjectsneeded.com.
The ad in the DC comic was for 5 Gum and included a “wasp”-like icon and morse code, which decodes to Testsubjectsneeded.com
Additional print ads lead to subfolders on Testsubjectsneeded.com, though redirect to the home page
These include a QR code in the Seattle Weekly, and LA Weekly, leading to the /unknown subfolder, but redirects to the home page.
TV commercials for 5 Gum include a brief flicker in the last scene displaying Testsubjectsneeded.com
Closing text in the commercial is briefly replaced by “test subjects needed”, leading to the website.
Testsubjectsneeded.com (and its mobile site) asks visitors to fill out a sensory evaluation test.
On completing the evaluation, visitors are prompted to create a profile, and provide details for the creation of a custom badge said to be mailed out in the near future. Answers to the sensory test provide the basis for a pentagon-like graph.

June 7
At E3 this year(2011),envelopes were given out at random to people leading them to the Testsubjectsneeded site.

June 13
At Bonnaroo 2011, crowds were treated to a surreal drop of blinking LED paper helicopters during the outdoor event.
An ad in the June/July issue of Seventeen contains another QR code leading to Testsubjectsneeded.com, and highlighted letters spelling “destiny”.
The QR code leads to the subfolder /query, and the highlighted letters “destiny” are also a subfolder. (see Print ads)
Users who completed the evaluation test and registered at Testsubjectsneeded.com providing a mailing address begin receiving mail.
Inside the package is an origami helicopter with a blinking LED light. On the copter is another QR code which decoded leads to Missionicefly.com. Packages were reported being shipping in either black or silver envelopes.
Missionicefly.com is discovered, including a countdown timer to 12:00pm Pacific June 30.
An Icefly buzzes around the web interface with the countdown and includes a link back to Testsubjectsneeded.com.

June 25
An updated video of the Bonnaroo 2011 helicopter drop is uploaded to youtube but includes a brief, garbled phrase with actor Terry O’Quinn (Professor Traelek).
The professor is also seen at the end of the updated video, but the video and audio is to garbled to note for certain what is being said.
The footer of Missionicefly.com is updated showing the phrase “operation reboot”, along with jumbled letters.
Over the course of a day or two, the footer of Missionicefly.com clears to reveal a list of 15 cities, implying a coordinated event on June 30th. Instructions are also added.
Through an email, a Twitter account @Mission_Icefly is revealed.

Mission Icefly
June 29
Test Subject Needed members were sent an e-mail reminding them that Mission Icefly will begin in one day

June 30
The timer on Missionicefly.com ends, and Mission Icefly begins.
Once the timer ends, the iris on the countdown clock becomes clickable. The iris leads to Missionicefly.com/rescue, where mission goals will be posted. (The site initially launched with a graphic interface, but was changed to a basic HTML page shortly after launch to handle traffic load)
The site includes links to the previously discovered Twitter account as well as a Flickr Account.
When each city was activated, a PDF file was posted with directions to a location somewhere in the city. The first person who made it to the site acquired an envelope containing instructions to text a phone number for further orders. Once the text was sent, the player was given directions to another location, where they picked up their prize: a Human Preservation Preservation box containing an Icefly replica. When plugged in, the Icefly lights up and blinks, spelling out Survivalcode.com in Morse code.
After the first Icefly was discovered, a heavily garbled video appeared on the Mission Icefly website. As each location completed their objectives, more footage was added to the video, and once every city was finished, the final clip contained a URL: survivalcode.com/thegenesis.
‘/thegenesis’ features the full, undistorted version of the Mission Icefly video; when the video finishes, the image of a metal door in an arctic environment appears. A screen next to the door displays a countdown that ends on July 15. Clicking on the screen goes to the main Survivalcode.com page.
Players with Test Subjects Needed accounts can also use them on Survival Code. The profile page features the member’s sense print, any achievements they have earned, and a “log file” - a five-page comic featuring several elements from the Genesis video

Based on a reference found in prelude log file #2, Traelekinstitute.com is found.
The website includes a phone number that, when called, plays an automated message featuring a word association test. Each of the four words mentioned in the test - “decoy”, “ascent”, “blameless”, and “misguided” - can be used as URLs to find hidden pages on the institute website.

July 2
Survivalcode.com is updated with mentions of two types of Keys.
Each account is given three “test facility keys” and the “Game Code Entry” page is launched. Codes can be found inside special packs of 5 Gum with an Icefly printed on the back of the packaging. When the code is entered, it can be redeemed for either another facility key or one of ten “constellation keys.” The purpose of the keys is at this time unknown

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The Genesis
July 15
The countdown ends and forwards to new page with placeholder text stating "Please Stand By. Transmission to begin in approximately 30 minutes."
The placeholder page is updated showing a large puzzle.The image shown is an 8-spoked star composed of strings of colored nodes, each labeled with an A and a number. There are 15 shades of color, and each shade consists of pairs of numbered nodes from 1 to its max.

The puzzle is solved, after an error correction and a provided hint, leading to an audio sensory game.On completing all 20 levels, users are forwarded to their profile and are awarded a new achievement and a new set of log files.

The newly accessible log files contained disguised keywords that lead to additional subfolders of Traelekinstitute.com.Hidden subfolders include: /biophysicsmonthly, /longing, /benevolence, /aftermath, and /conduit - each expanding on the growing story.

Facility 01
July 19
When you log into the site,you are brough to the metal doors where the Genesis countdown was,these doors then open and lead you inside to a facility with a floating gyroscope.At first it doesn’t move,but when you complete the puzzles in the diffirent areas diffirent sections of it will start spinning up. This room is almost the exact same as Wrigley’s Coachella game save for one missing door.

You have 3 paths when you come in ,1A,1B,1C
1A leads to a locked door with a red panel,which when you click on,will say 'Collecting sensory data,please wait…’ For now you can’t do anything,so leave that door.

1B and 1C lead you to 5 diffirent puzzle rooms.There are also black files,which contain log files that you can read on your profile,they each appear in the puzzle rooms.

Laser Puzzle**-Seeing The Pattern**
Music Pentagon Puzzle-Melody Maker
**Audio Sensor puzzle-**In The Loop,Sequencer, Master Audiophile
**Constellation Puzzle-**Written in The Stars
**Number combo puzzle-**Safe Cracker

After completing each of these puzzles,you will gain an achivement and peices of the Gyroscope will start to move,until all peices are spinning. You are then rewarded with the 'Facility 1 Online’ achivement

The 1A door is still locked at this point,so you might want to wait.

This is totally Halo related.
Check the ID Card - it has hexagons!

I got my thingy in the mail yesterday. My friends and I have all been assuming that this is for Bungie’s next game.
btw the thing that came in the mail came in a black bubble envelope that is practically the exact same stuff that Halsey’s journal was in. There is a card in the package along with this weird strobe light, the card says “We are both creatures of the senses, you and I - we inhabit the same reality, simmering just below the perceivable world. THE PULSE IS GROWING CAN YOU FEEL IT?” and the thing with the LED says Mission Ice Fly.
Here is a count down, missionicefly.com
It could be Halo, but it still feels like Bungie to me, but hey maybe that just means 343 is doing a better job than we had hoped.

ARGs always creep me the hell out for some reason. They make me feel like I’m sifting through a conspiracy or something…

Hey guys, i just went to that site did the whole question and id badge thing. There is a whole lot of text on the main page, i copied it down, if you havent already give it a read:

These are not conventional experiments. qualified test subjects volunteering their person for sensory based research will undergo enhanced amplifications as sensory reliant human beings. The outcomes of these experiments will provide experimental data on the effects of said studdies on the body and mind of test subjects: the very finest and most rigorously obtained data from healthy test subjects chosen for their special capaccity for excelling in said experiments. The speciffic nature and details off these activities will remain strictly verboten to test subjects except at times when it becomes explicitly and unequivocally necessary, such as when the test subject is close to imminent transformational occurrences. Those involved will show an extraordinary commintment. Cooperation and discretion in condductiong these unconventional experiments, with a peculiar yet outstanding dedication that sets them apart. Following all instructions when and where given throughout the course of this series of experiments will afford test subjects to open and expand their sensorial faculties and ensure safety during the complete overhaul of their sensory capacities. Test subjects senses may not function as they are commonly understood to, and therefore may result in accelerated stimulation, during, throughout, and indeed long after the conclusion of these unconventional experiments. Please remember that those with advanced understanding of the fleibility with regards to common laws of physics…

I dont know about you guys but that sounds very “Halo esque” to me. Interesting read if nothing else though.

Can’t wait to see what the ID looks like in the mail,though doesn’t it seem odd to do a ARG for Halo 4 one year before release or is that common?(This is my first ARG)

Its gum if you have seen the newest commertial for 5 gum it had tons of iceflys or whatever

> Can’t wait to see what the ID looks like in the mail,though doesn’t it seem odd to do a ARG for Halo 4 one year before release or is that common?(This is my first ARG)

Im not sure about that. Does anybody know when the Bees ARG was started in relation to the release of Halo 2?

This ARG is pretty fun, but I see little relevance to Halo.

> This ARG is pretty fun, but I see little relevance to Halo.

Did you read the text on the main page of the website? I reposted the text here in this thread above. It reminds me of the spartan project when they do the augmentations to the people to make them spartans.

Whatever’s going on, it’s happening at the end of the month. the count down stops 11 days from now (appx.). That’s the 30th, or the end of the month. I’ve looked at the “missionicefly.com” thing, and I don’t think it has anything to do with Halo 4. I could be wrong though… I love Bees had almost nothing to do with Halo 2.

Well this is stupid. After some more research, it might be promoting something else stupid.

On the missionicefly website, it hides this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh-6owRbFvQ

I don’t think it has to do much with halo.

I’m not sure if I should submit my information. Should I?

> I’m not sure if I should submit my information. Should I?

Don’t worry,it’s harmless. Your just sent a card which gives you the address site of a website called Mission IceFly.

Currently it’s unavailable until the 30th of June,so were going to have to wait until then before getting more info.

The more I read about this ARG, the more it seems to be pointing towards a stupid campaign for 5gum/Wrigley product.

I swear to God if this isn’t Halo…

> The more I read about this ARG, the more it seems to be pointing towards a stupid campaign for 5gum/Wrigley product.
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> I swear to God if this isn’t Halo…

Well wouldn’t we have all been trolled hardcore? xD Mabye thats the theme of the site,it’s meant to be related to Wrigley’s/ 5 Gum,just like the I Love Bees was related to a bee-keeping site.

This ARG is pretty massive and hardcore.

First, they throw a bunch of LEDs from the sky into a concert.

Then people go play the ARG and then receive either a chrome or black package in the mail.

And now we have to wait until the countdown is finished.

And at the same time, ppl are getting random calls from California…

All for gum product, I swear?

Though the packages were honeycombed…

> This ARG is pretty massive and hardcore.
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> First, they throw a bunch of LEDs from the sky into a concert.
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> Then people go play the ARG and then receive either a chrome or black package in the mail.
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> And now we have to wait until the countdown is finished.
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> And at the same time, ppl are getting random calls from California…
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> All for gum product, I swear?
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> Though the packages were honeycombed…

Honeycombed you say? I love Bees Pt II??? Lol. Although,if it is related to bees,then we all know whats going on.

if you go to the company that set up i love bees( 42 entertainment) half of there costumers are microsoft example MSN , Windows 7 and halo 2 i beleve this is 4 halo 4 or something else microsoft.