Does Cipsoft still bring secret quests into the game?
"Well, I could probably go on and on, but you know, the most important thing with secrets is ... secrecy. ;o)" - Knightmare Source: Feb 05 2014 - Knightmare Stories IV. - The Secret of Secrets
I recommend you read Knightmare's article on The Secret of Secrets. It's an article that talks about the evolution of quests in Tibia. I know Cipsoft doesn't like to confirm nor deny anything currently as it's against their policy. This is what they tell me when I email them and try to get detailed information on anything.
Keep in mind The Opticording Sphere Quest is a great example of a quest where players were stumped for years. The interesting thing about this quest is that as the game went on, it appeared updates brought more attention to it. Actually, there were even hints about it on the website, using the first picture in the article, Venore Shines in a New Light. Just before the image changes it shows you flowers which are a hint at one of the missions where you actually have to mess with your light settings in the game to complete a mission. This was discovered years after this image was published. This is just one example. Another interesting piece of information is Mirade mentions the word Zoralurk as an example of a hint probably to The Opticording Sphere Quest in the thread referring to Knightmares article, The Secret of Secrets.
I also wanted to include a quote from Mirade back in 2014. I know this isn't a present quote, but I feel like it's still valid and maybe can still be used as confirmation (I will try to find something more recent on secrets that don't just flat out say yes and no. But just know Mirade said unsolved riddles which is plural so maybe there's hope!)
"There are still unsolved riddles in Tibia and, of course, there are also urban legends. With enough imagination, almost anything can be interpreted as a clue for something else so naturally there will always be more legends than real secrets. Yet, such user-generated lore and stories are also very important for Tibia. Revealing which stories are mere legends and which are really part of unsolved riddles might spare people from investing time into something that doesn't have a solution. However, it would also impede the creative and imaginative process since there would be no room anymore for legends to evolve and flourish among players: "This locked door, maybe we can open it if we ..." - "No, CipSoft said that there's nothing behind it." --- "Hey, this dungeon somehow looks like an animal maybe it hints at..." - "No, CipSoft said that there's nothing behind it." --- "I'm sure there's a way to reach..." - "No, CipSoft said that there's nothing behind it." --- "Let's go on an expedition together to find new clues to solve..." - "No, CipSoft said that there's nothing behind it." etc.
Part of the magic of mysteries comes from believing rather than knowing that something really exists. Tibia offers different kinds of content. There are standard quests where hardly any mystery and secrecy is involved. A quest log entry confirms its existence and you know that some kind of reward awaits you in the end. However, such quests often lack a bit of the charm that mysteries offer, stories that you hear without knowing if there's really a deeper meaning to them or if they are just legends. Investing time in searching for clues and solutions is a risk since you don't know if it will pay off in the end. Not all people see the journey as a reward, they want some kind of guarantee that there is a destination to reach and some kind of reward to gain before devoting their time to it. If someone doesn't want to invest time in researching the unknown, though, he can stick to the standard quests, those that are known and confirmed. However, there are others who are ready to take the risk and step into the unknown without a material reward in sight. No matter if they research a secret with a real quest behind or an urban legend, they create meaning through their endeavours and by telling stories about their investigations. That's something we truly appreciate because it enriches the Tibian universe. We don't want to take this away by making it all fact based." -Mirade Source: Official CM reply