Discovered by Beyond Entertainment on Wednesday, July 9, a long-lost Halo 3 easter egg has been discovered in the game’s loading screen sequence, which turned out to be a happy birthday message to the wife of a Bungie employee.
As it turns out, there’s a small trick that you can do during the Halo 3 loading screen sequence on December 25: if you push down both of the Xbox 360 controller’s thumbsticks, the loading screen will zoom out, revealing more of a wider view of the materialising Halo ring. In doing so, it also it reveals the very subtle birthday message embedded in the ring as it loads.
A connection to this can be linked back to when Bungie opened up the Bungie Mail Sack after it handed over the Halo IP to 343 Industries, according to Beyond Entertainment.
The Bungie Sack serves as a Q&A with various Bungie employees and its community, and a couple of questions in particular that was answered by programmer Adrien Perez teased this very easter egg.
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.
The community speculated for weeks on what this new easter egg could be, and another question was asked in a future Mail Sack.
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.
You can watch the now-discovered easter egg itself via the embedded video below.