Pre-game Release WMG:
- Jossed. It's set in Dite inhabited by nanomachine beings.
It doesn't help that he's an old man in Rising so Survive could have DLC chapters where he was wounded in a gangfight against weird creatures.
- Tying into the above maybe the same special forces unit Kyle was talking about is related to Section. Funding NASA so they can explore different planets through portals seems like the sort of thing the For Science! minded Section would do.
- At the very least the portals do have access to legitimate alien worlds as two monsters called Frostbite and Big Mouth, which are obviously alien in origin, fall out of the portals. So not as far fetched as one would think.
- Also is the Lord of Dust really as dead as everyone thinks? Keep in mind A) We are talking about a hyper-intelligent hive mind being with all the accumulated knowledge of humanity from its assimilation of said species, making it rather suspect that Virgil can just casually infect it with The Lord of Dust not infecting Virgil with something in return. B) The Captain was never cured of his infection, so the Lord of Dust could still live on as a small remnant inside him.