After seven years of release of HALO 3, a dedicated Easter egg hunter has apparently found an extremely subtle message in Halo 3, following a clue left in 2012. Yesterday, competitive shooter site TeamBeyond.net posted a recent discovery made by Halo modder Lord Zedd: if you press down both thumbsticks on the game’s loading screen, the camera zooms out, revealing more of the Halo ring. Another member of the Halo YouTube community pointed out that if you look closely, you can see a message printed on the outside: Happy birthday Lauren! The catch? It only appears on December 25th, or at least on a console whose clock is set to December 25th.
The Easter egg became a topic of discussion after Bungie engineer Jon Cable respondedto a fan question: “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?” Cable responded:
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.