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The text "162" was displayed in the end credits of the full trailer for Silent Threat: Reborn, in a style similar to "ilovebees.com" in the Halo 2 trailer.

The reference was to the URL of the then-hidden subforum "Phoenix" with the URL "www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?board=162.0"

This was part of a viral marketing ploy by Hard Light Productions community member Goober5000 to get people hyped about the 25 December 2008 release. Due to a larger than expected workload, the final prize was not ready in time, and instead participants were treated to an early release of ST:R. Many years later, in September 2017, the final prize was finished, and the Phoenix/162 story concluded with the release of Deneb III.

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An overview of Phoenix