Submitted by: David K.
Hidden Secrets Guide:
Written by arden
A guide on how to unlock Outpaths hidden secret, possibly some lore, and
how the game became an ARG without David knowing what an ARG is.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
This guide contains a number of spoilers for how to obtain the last secret. I
try to leave something up to the imagination of the reader, but I cant do
this for everything.
If you want a cryptic riddle, the following will be your guide:
To finish your journey, become lucid and send yourself the last message. When
asked for the password in the sea of data, give it letter by letter.
In order to discover this secret, youll need to first finish the game.
This will take ~20 hours if youre being efficient.
Some tips on doing this:
* Using markets with the skill that has markets generate credits, in combination
with clickers (I found 1 clicker / 6 markets was a good ratio) will rapidly
produce credits for you to immediately expand areas or purchase upgraded research.
* Dark Star generators require dealing a certain amount of damage to fully charge,
so theyll be incredibly efficient in the sky.
* Star fragments can only appear at night and will disappear at day, so if youre
using the meteorite scanner, be aware of this.
Once youve beaten the game, youll need to re-enter and open your mailbox, where
youll find a message waiting for you.
-=Finishing Your Journey=-
After youve finished the game, youll still need to get the achievement “My Journey”.
A short explanation for this can be found in my other guide “A Comprehensive
Achievement Guide for Outpath”, all the way at the bottom. Its the first spoilered
text. If you want want a longer explanation, that can be found here.
First, close the game. Then, youll need to go into your save data folder. This is
located at %LOCALAPPDATA%Low/DAVII PROJECTS/Outpath.
Inside there, youll find a number of files, but the ones were interested in are
titled “SaveFile[number].es3”. These each correspond to a given save game.
You can use this chance to “back up” your save file, beyond the normal measures the
game takes. Make a copy of your file and put it somewhere else you can access. You
can copy this file back later if the save editing goes wrong.
Open the file youve completed the game on in any text editor. If you dont know
if you have one, you can select Notepad, but know that it might be a little bit
more tricky. I personally use VSCodium, a version of VSCode without Microsofts
MICROSOFT WORD IS NOT A TEXT EDITOR. It might sound silly to say this, but I know
people who would think that it is and wonder why their game doesnt work.
Once you have the save file open, look through it for
Youll probably find the area around it looks like this:
149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155
Youll notice that you have letters 1-7, and the BottlesManager says you have the
notes 149-155 (interesting — both of these have seven numbers).
Maybe you should try sending yourself the eighth letter?
Exact instructions are listed in spoilers here.
Are you sure that you want the answer now?
Alright. Add the number “156” to lettersToSpawnNext.
After youve made the change to your save file, close it, then open the game again
and load your file. Your mailbox should have a letter waiting for you. Read it,
and youll get the achievement.
-=Finding the Preserved Rare Item=-
After youve finished your journey, youll need to look at the games data.
This is not in the games “save data” directory, but instead is where it runs from.
In Steam, right click Outpath, hover over “Manage…” and select “Browse Local Files”.
Youre going to need to open the following folders:
Youll see a file called “Rare Item Preservation.zip”. Open it, and explore through
it. Youll come to a file “Goodbye.png”, but its password protected.
Hints are below.
Enter the password, letter by letter.
Im talking about the in-game letters.
Put in the password in the order given to you by the letters.
On this Journey, youve completed the game, edited save files, and viewed an encrypted
file that required all of this. Youve done more or less everything the game offers to
you. So what does this mean?
The method to discover the eighth letter was communicated to the discord community
through Davids insistence that I knew how to get it. At this point in time, I was on
island 4/5, and there was some joking about how I was being gaslit about knowing
something I didnt.
Once I beat the game and started digging around, though, I couldnt figure out anything
to unlock it. Frustrated, I resorted to a trick I learned while playing Davids previous
game (Himno: The SIlent Melody) — save editing. I had gotten a little bit of a
reputation on the DAVII PROJECTS Discord server for being able to do some wizardry with
saves, recovering lost items, creating weapons that healed enemies, and exploding item
slots. I took a guess at what the last letters ID might be, and re-opened my file.
The letter read:
Originally posted by David:
Thank you for all the love you were able to give me. During those years, I was happy
and didnt even know it. Now, youre all over the world; its the least I could do for
you. Thank you.
When I first read this, I thought it was meant for the player, talking to all of us as
a whole. I met people living in a large number of places, and while it was worded in a
somewhat odd manner, it meant a lot to know that I was one of the first people to obtain
this in what could be argued was the “legitimate” manner.
Recently, however, I was shown how to get the secret in the game data, and was presented
with an alternative theory — David was speaking to the subject of the photo.
Ive had an experience that very much suggests one theory over the other, but following
this guide, you might come to a different conclusion.
Its funny — David made an ARG without knowing what one is. We were discussing this
(again, on the Discord) and I brought up how this was essentially an ARG. The person I
was talking with explained that they had mentioned it to David, and how he wasnt aware
of it. After explaining what one was to him, he agreed that he made a small-scale ARG.