Seven years on, Halo 3's last known Easter egg has been discovered

The next chapter in the hugely successful Halo series is due to arrive next year, with the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, and Xbox One gamers have the added excitement of the remastered ‘Master Chief Collection’ to look forward to as well. But as many look to the future, one tiny element in an earlier game has eluded discovery – until now.

What appears to be the final ‘Easter egg’ hidden in Halo 3 has now been discovered, ending a search that has lasted almost seven years since the game’s launch in September 2007.

The game’s developers had offered a couple of clues about how to find it over the years. In one of Bungie’s ‘Mail Sack’ sessions – a Q&A between the company and the gaming community – an employee said: “There is one Easter egg in Halo 3 that I don’t think anyone has found – I stumbled across it in code a while back. It only happens on a specific day… so good luck.”

A few weeks later, Bungie’s Adrian Perez was asked what his proudest moment at the company was. He replied: “Showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the Halo 3 loading screen for her – the one that nobody has found yet.”

The clues were there, and they’ve finally led to the discovery of the elusive Easter egg. On the loading screen, if you hold down both thumbsticks on the controller, the screen zooms out slightly to give you a wider view of the Halo ring. No-one understood why this function existed – if indeed there was any real purpose to it – but a group over at TeamBeyond.net put the pieces together and worked it out.

The missing link was the date that Bungie had previously alluded to – hold down both thumbsticks on the loading screen on December 25, and it all comes together. Inscribed in the ring is a message – from Adrian Perez to his wife – reading: “Happy birthday, Lauren!”.

You can see the Easter egg in action in the video below: 

Source: TeamBeyond.net via Digital Spy | image via Bungie

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Irvinge said,
Hmmm, I've always known this. I just never knew this was an unknown easter egg.

So, you've always seen this message on Christmas Day?

Wait a minute, so people knew that pressing down both thumbsticks did something yet not one person has ever done this on Christmas day?

Tomo said,
Wait a minute, so people knew that pressing down both thumbsticks did something yet not one person has ever done this on Christmas day?

I've played every Halo FPS up to 4 (still on it), and I didn't know.

Not to mention, people don't usually do much during loading screens. Egg hunters I'd think would be looking for stuff in-game.

Forjo said,

I've played every Halo FPS up to 4 (still on it), and I didn't know.

Not to mention, people don't usually do much during loading screens. Egg hunters I'd think would be looking for stuff in-game.

Nerp. Loading screens are the most scoured over for Easter eggs usually. Thanks Konami and Sega for making my childhood neurotic.

NastySasquatch said,

Nerp. Loading screens are the most scoured over for Easter eggs usually. Thanks Konami and Sega for making my childhood neurotic.


I stand corrected. :)

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
I thought Easter eggs weren't permitted anymore because of the Ttustworthy Computing initiative ... Tsk.

As great as Microsoft are, they can't change history .. of another company.

Easter eggs in *business software*, yes (the idea being if they sneak in undocumented Easter eggs, who knows what else is undocumented). But games aren't used by companies to read confidential documents with, so the same concern isn't present.

Known, by whom?

Unless you're part of the dev team that hid an Easter egg, *every* new one found is the "last known discovered".

Last != latest

That aside...December 25th? Why not "Happy birthday, Jesus" instead? :-p

Edited by _dandy_, Jul 10 2014, 1:38pm :

_dandy_ said,
Known, by whom?

Unless you're part of the dev team that hid an Easter egg, *every* new one found is the "last known discovered".

Last != latest

That aside...December 25th? Why not "Happy birthday, Jesus" instead? :-p

I'm going to take a while guess here, but the guy who reviewed the code that makes up the game, Adrian Perez, said that's the last one that hasn't been found... and by found I assume he means found in halo based on what is listed on the easter egg sites.

Also, everyone knows Jesus wasn't born on the 25th of December... why do you think we have a Santa? To stop kids asking about Jesus :)