Famous for including obscure Easter eggs in its games, Bungie’s final Halo 3 Easter egg has been found, compliments of Team Beyond. This comes seven years after the game’s release, and requires gamers to be playing on a specific day of the year.
In the Halo 3 loading screen, on December 25, holding down both thumbsticks gives a wider view of the Halo ring. As the ring materializes, the message “Happy Birthday, Lauren” can be seen, an Easter egg put into the game by former Bungie developer Adrian Perez for his wife.
The well-hidden egg had been teased on a couple of occasions in the Bungie Mail Sack, first being referenced in Mail Sack 9.0.
Q: Are there any Easter eggs from your past games that surprised you at how quickly they were found or any that surprised you at how long they took to find?
A: Definitely the IWHBYD skull in H3. But you cheated. 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.
And then again in Mail Sack 13, which is no longer available online but has been preserved on various easter egg hunter threads like this one.
Q: What is your proudest moment in your time at Bungie?
A: Showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the halo 3 loading screen for her – the one that nobody has found yet.
Joining other famous Halo 3 Easter eggs like the Monkey Man, the Red vs. Blue dialogue, and the Grunt of the final level, this latest egg could be one of the last discovered on the now seven year old game.
The video of the newly found Easter egg can be seen below.