There’s actually not a lot of text in the area. This is the most common example, seen on wall panels throughout the stage. There also used to be text on some large holographic screens but either they’ve removed them for whatever reason or I’ve just been exceedingly unlucky in finding them. The text in the above example reads “PARTITI”. Yes, its a chunk of a word, the full one being “partition”. How do we know this? Well let’s have a look at a certain texture from the game…
With the combined efforts of myself and Agrajag of Psumods we determined that this is in fact not a bunch of chicken scratchings. It is actually encoded letters from the roman alphabet. Now rather than expect you to just take our word for it, allow me to demonstrate how we came to this conclusion..
Without these, decoding it might have been impossible. The initial idea was that the symbols here spell the words “UP” and “DOWN”. The actual in-game arrows you see are devoid of text however and as best I know these aren’t used anywhere in the game. So with six letters as a starting point, it’s simply time to go matching them to the words in the rest of the image. From there, you can guess words, check the newly added letters in the code against the rest of the image and make sure words built from that make sense. Finally, we ended up with the following result:
This is the actual texture for the holographic screens from the Tunnels which have sadly been removed at some point. I don’t seem to have any old screen-shots showing them either, which is annoying. In any case, the text here turned out to be Japanese written in Romaji.
saishu shita shigen ha
bosei ni tensou shimasu
kichou na monomo
Thanks to EspioKaos, the text turned out to read:
Transport collected materials to mother (base). There are many precious items (here). Be careful while working.
The smaller blocks of text there are just copy+pasted segments of the above text strewn about. The text in the yellow banner spells out “INFORMATI”, don’t think it takes a terribly large amount of deductive skill to determine the full word is “information”.
See this work was done some time ago and we assumed we’d seen all the in-game examples. Well, turned out we’d missed one written above the exposed core on Big Varder.
Using our charts, we can ascertain the text reads “?O INDUSTRY”. Yup, we have never encountered that first symbol before, so we have no idea what it could be. There is in fact another unidentified symbol at the end of the holographic screen too, but trying any of the remaining letters in either case doesn’t really clear anything up. The remaining missing letters are J, Q, X and Z.
While kind of nifty, aside from the mention of “mother” there’s not a lot of information that’s actually hidden in this encoded text. Not that you couldn’t already tell just from looking at the area anyway, as in the tunnels area and Lilipa in general being an abandoned industrial facility. The text doesn’t clear up who it belonged to, either, unless of course the name of the company on Big Varder’s chest is actually mentioned elsewhere in the story that I’m not aware of.
If you know what the remaining unknown symbols may be, feel free to share!