Halo 3 Easter Egg Uncovered 7 Years After Its Release

Developer Bungie loves to put secrets in its games, and some of those go undiscovered for years.

First-person shooter Halo 3, released in 2007, has some pretty awesome Easter eggs. From the weird monkey family to the hovering picture of a dancing man, Halo 3's Easter eggs are well-documented. The game has been searched from top to bottom, and yet one secret still remained undiscovered until now.

In a video made by users on Beyond Entertainment, possibly the last Halo 3 secret was found, and it turns out that a developer wanted to wish his wife a happy birthday. On December 25, if you hold down both thumbsticks on the main menu, the screen will zoom out to show a Halo ring coalescing from mist. The players discovered that there's a hidden message embedded on this ring. If you look at it really closely, you can see "Happy Birthday, Lauren!" written on the side.

Halo 3 developer Bungie has been teasing fans for years, reminding them that not all of the mysteries of Halo 3 had been uncovered. In March 2012, a user asked if Bungie was surprised by the community's ability to discover Halo 3 Easter eggs. In response, 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."

Later, when a fan wanted to know the proudest moments in employees' careers, employee Adrian Perez responded, "Showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the Halo 3 loading screen for her -- the one that nobody has found yet."

Well, it looks like they've finally discovered it.

But fans may never know if all of the secrets have been found. In another Q&A with the community, the Bungie community manager stated, "You will never find them all. We cannot give you hints. If we did, those eggs would lose their magic."

If Halo 3 is anything to go by, it's a good bet that Bungie's new project, Destiny, will be full of Easter eggs as well. Keep an eye on GameSpot for the coolest secrets when Destiny is released on September 9. 343 Industries, the developer now responsible for Halo, announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One at E3 this year. The company promises that the Xbox One version of Halo 3 will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second. The collection launches on November 11.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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44 comments
cws3e
cws3e

too bad destiny is so terrible.

Talldude80
Talldude80

it's not really IN the game though... it's in the loading screen....lame

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

i didn't see the "happy birthday" part but I saw the "Lauren !" part at the end.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Seems overdone for an Easter Egg.  What good is it if it takes 7 years to find?

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Pretty sure this easter egg was not supposed to be found but just putten into the game by a dev to impress hi wife. I don't get why so many here are disappointed

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Way to go, you made your relationship a public affair. Because that's so important for us to see.

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

Awesome.

cha0s_i
cha0s_i

The Happy birthday part is really hard to see lol

reddead123
reddead123

definitely did not see the message the first time I watched it 

raptor1998
raptor1998

I don't understand the easter egg, it just forms an Halo?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Man, those are sure to be some rotten eggs after 7 years of waiting for someone to make a Halomelet with them.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Well It has been 7 Years lets hope they are still Together or this will be Pretty Akward......

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

If you hold down Y when starting the game, you can destroy four (4) reactors instead of 3.

There is only 3 power cells, 3 buttons to push, 3 generators to turn on, etc, in threes, the rest of the game, though. Bahahaha

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

"oh that's sweet honey....hey could you take out the trash there is something that is stank in there"


love ya sweetie !

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I bet the wifey wasn't impressed AT ALL.

Smosh150
Smosh150

Really hard to read it, but cool regardless. I miss Halo, from 3 back, those were great.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

cool, very useful easter egg.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Awwww, so sweet.


I was amazed when someone found an undiscovered mission in Final Fantasy 9, like, 11 years after it was released or something. Very cool.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

It's no big deal, but I can't see the Happy part. All I can see is Birthday Lauren.


Pretty cool, nonetheless.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Too bad Halo 3 sucked.  I bet she's be more flattered if he put the Easter Egg in a better game.

Halo = overrated

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

While I was a big fan of the 1st game, Halo lost its luster for me in the 2nd game - with less sandbox gameplay and more "task finding". Halo 3 was OK and the graphics of the Xbox 360 were fabulous, but I prefer the first game over all of the sequels.

Not sure if I'll ever buy Xbox One to play MC Collection but unless MS announce some kind of bundle, then I'm happy to buy Xbox One.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Pretty cool. I like finding easter eggs in games.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

That's cute...on two levels.

The first level of which is that it's a cute birthday message to one of the, I guess, daughters, of the developers. The other level, is that 7 years is nothing.

Donkey Kong on Atari 2600, anyone?

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@liquidbutter *easter egg stays hidden for 7 years in a game that sold millions of copies*

"Wow. Way to rub your relationship in our faces!"

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@spacecadet25 I love Halo, but I have to say that Halo 3 was a huge disappointment for me.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I prefer Gears of War over Halo really and Gears is were it's at for me.

Slagar
Slagar

@EasyComeEasyGo Did you ever play Reach? For me that is the best game in the series. IMO it took everything that we loved about 1, and fixed all the niggles with 2 and 3.

UnstoppableKARL
UnstoppableKARL

@EasyComeEasyGo Why?  You can get an Xbox One used for much cheaper than new.  Get the game off Amazon with no tax, free shipping and you saved a bundle.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@DanielL5583 It says right in the article "Showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the Halo 3 loading screen for her -- the one that nobody has found yet.""

Wife.

X-RS
X-RS

@Golden_Gonads @Brakkyn 

Lol I can see it

"quick honey come here and watch this loading screen of awe"

*she glances and doesnt see it*

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@FLEEBS @spacecadet25 Because Halo 2 set the bar so damn high. What was up with teasing the giant Flood Vocals only to not even see the damn thing and face it? What was up with the lack off bosses (Scorpian really doesn't count 2 mins ride in a Banshee onto the thing throw in some plasma grenades jump off done......) And also I will just state I have never really cared for Halo Multiplayer except maybe a little Energy Blade fighting and mucking around with a buddy editing maps.