Cyberpunk 2077's 2.0 update is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving, throwing further fuel on a mystery that's been perplexing the community for years. Known as FF:06:B5, it spans both Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, and a dedicated subreddit has sprung up to solve the various esoteric threads that comprise it.
It all began with a statue in Night City, which bore an ominous string of numbers and text, and that some monks frequented. It was discovered there were six such statues in the game (with two smaller ones being added in a later patch), appearing to be identical from the waist up, but with only two bearing the mysterious text, which didn't appear to be linked to anything else in the game. CDPR's lead quest designer Pawel Sasko confirmed in a stream that these things were connected, and so the search continued.
Goomba Stomp do a fantastic job of detailing the tale in full, but in the interest of brevity, the next major breakthrough came with The Witcher 3's Next-Gen Update. You know, the one that added that horrifying armour from the Netflix show.
In the fields of Velen (post-patch), activating a trio of switches would now spawn a golem which, once dispatched, would activate a portal and send Geralt to the top of a tower. Descending to its depths, a number of unkillable wraiths guard two pillars, and there you will find an oddly familiar mural etched on the far wall. Wouldn't you know it, the strange symbols bear the same circuitry motif as the statues in Cyberpunk.
With the release of Cyberpunk 2077's 2.0 update, further clues were quickly uncovered. An in-game message, at long last, referencing the text FF06B5 appeared (detailed in Synth Potato's thread below). Still more clues led to a Wolfenstein-style arcade game in which the player blasts enemies as Johnny Silverhand as well as reading through an in-universe parody of the entire debacle detailed in NPC messages.
But the already exhaustive ARG got even more meta when dataminers apparently discovered the solution to the whole thing and posted their findings to the internet. This was later allegedly taken down at CD Projekt Red's request, as it kind of spoils the fun, which brings us to the present.
Phantom Liberty, then, likely holds the final secrets to this convoluted tale. It's a good thing the excellent expansion is out today, 26th September, as we won't have much longer to wait. With a small army of seekers combing over every digital inch of the new playspace, it won't be long before the final pieces fall into place.