HBO dropped its incredible trailer for the second season of Westworld during the Super Bowl at the weekend. The beautiful ad set to Kanye West ‘Runaway’ is filled with bloody violence, rampaging robo-bulls and more badass female heroines than you can shake a stick at. Here it is in case you haven’t seen it yet:
But wait, there’s more! A very clever Redditor named Askin1 spotted this piece of code hidden in the trailer:
It turns out, if you unscramble this binary code, it will lead you to a cool interactive HBO website called Delos Destinations giving a much more detailed look at the Westworld universe.
Once you enter the main site, the introduction page reads: “The luxury resort, reimagined. Delos Destinations channels your inner desires - be they rest or rebellion - into a transportive theme park experience, a vacation that transcends time, place and expectations. Our immersive worlds integrate inspired technology, provocative narratives, and unprecedented innovation to offer an opportunity that redefines life itself: the chance to change your story.
“A subsidiary of Delos Incorporated, Delos Destinations employs our award-winning biotech to create authentic, unforgettable experiences that redefine the art of simulation. In a world that’s become inundated by the virtual, escape the screen and take hold of a freedom you can physically touch. It’s a feeling that will challenge your idea of reality - and as our friends here like to say, if you can’t tell the difference, does it matter?”
Here’s a little run-through of what the website tells us about the upcoming season.
1. You can make still make bookings to stay at Westworld
When you click through to the ‘Experience’ page, you first see the Westworld park option, which still lets you make reservations (even though there’s been a pretty serious robot insurrection in Season 1 – but never mind). It’s revealed that it costs about $40,000 per person so it’s only really for guests with deep pockets.
2. Sneak peak at Samuraiworld
More interestingly, the website also gives us a glimpse at Samuraiworld, which was hinted at during the first season. On the site, you can see traditional Japanese buildings and a mist-filled mountain with the ‘SW’ Samuraiworld logo. Looks pretty cool.
3. There are four more worlds
The website reveals that there are four more worlds in the park - but at the minute they simply say “Reservations closed to the public”. Intriguing? What could these mystery worlds be? Well, in the original Michael Crichton movie from 1973 there was a Medievalworld (medieval Europe), and Romanworld (the ancient Roman city of Pompeii) so that might be a clue.
4. Westworld map
There are other cool features like an interactive map of Westworld itself:
5. Saucy chatbot
There’s even a handy chatbot who will help you with your ‘booking’ to the parks (P.S. try asking it naughty questions).
6. Park founder James Delos
The website also gives a bit more information about the park’s mysterious founder, James Delos. The website says: “Decades ago, a man had an idea as old as human ambition itself, that the only limit to progress is imagination. The ability to see a better world. Delos Inc. was formed from that goal and nothing else, because James had nothing else. He used to joke that where he grew up, having dreams was like fighting gravity. But he never lost faith that his dream could take off, and now Delos is more than a name. It’s a legacy.”
It goes on: “We continue to believe in our Delos Destinations arm because we also understand that you are more than the sum of your daily routine. We’ve used our position at the forefront of biological engineering to print and code dream worlds that you can touch and feel. A place where you can escape yourself to know yourself. A freedom that exists only in your wildest dreams - and our parks.”
Westworld is coming back to TV on 22 April 2018 and if it’s not obvious, I am very much looking forward to it.
(Images: Westworld / HBO)