Skip Button is Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe’s scariest ending
May 1, 2022
The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe isn’t afraid to throw its scariest ending at players early on, and it all starts with a skip button.
Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe is usually a comedy game that relies on clever writing and Source-engine skills to deliver laughs. But some of the most memorable parts of the game are when things suddenly flip to a terrifying horror game. The Skip Button is Ultra Dexlue’s most terrifying new ending, and players get to experience it fairly early on.
This guide contains major spoilers for The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe. The game is best enjoyed blind.
How to get the Skip Button ending in Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe
After playing through The Stanley Parable for a certain amount of time, players will encounter a new door with a neon sign saying “New Content.” If the player told the game it had played The Stanley Parable before, this can happen as early as the third run. Meanwhile, new Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe players will take much longer to get the Skip Button ending, which can occur as early as the fourth run.
After doing the new content ending for the first time, the Narrator confesses his distaste for the addition and sends the player into a special area called the Memory Zone. First, the player gets to read actual reviews for the original Stanley Parable. They’re favorable, but the player invariably stumbles upon an ocean of Steam reviews.
The Narrator becomes distraught at their requests, fixating on the possibility of a skip button. This winds up being the Narrator’s undoing.
The player discovers a small room with a skip button that jumps past whatever the Narrator is currently saying. At first glance, it works perfectly as intended. But after a few tries, the Narrator notes that the clock in the background ceases to have meaning, and the nearby potted plant suddenly withers and dies. Each time the player skips, the time elapsed grows longer and longer.
Things really get kicked up a notch once the Narrator effectively leaves. He’s absent for many of the later skips until the final one, where he repeats the game’s tagline out of insanity.
“The end is never the end is never the end is never the end is never the end is never the end is never the end is never the end…” players hear.
After hundreds, thousands, or millions of years, the building finally breaks down enough for Stanley to leave. He exits the building to find a washed-out and destroyed landscape. Mountains dot the impossibly massive distance of dust and sand. The world is entirely destroyed by time, and Stanley is the only one allowed to see it.
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