Easter festival is fast approaching. If the origins of egg hunting goes up to centuries, today the tradition continues, including in video game: we are talking about Easter Eggs. The most curious players know this English term well that can be translated literally by “Easter egg”. Difficult to find out, the Easter Eggs are functions or small eyewear hidden voluntarily by developers within a video game. Whether they are in the form of simple references, jokes, tributes, quests or bonuses, they are more and more numerous to invade our games.
- Intro – The first Easter EGG?
- Donkey Kong – 1981
- GOD OF WAR – 2005
- Bioshock Infinite – 2013
- Hearthstone – 2014
- DYING LIGHT – 2015
- THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT – 2015
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Bread – 2015
- RETURNAL – 2021
- Elden Ring – 2022
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: the dawn of Ragnarök – 2022
This year, we celebrate Easter with a selection of ten easter eggs among the most original video game, whether by its design, interest and / or rarity. Far from being a comprehensive list and for concern. subjectivity in the realization of a ranking, here is our choice given in a chronological order, by the date of exit of the games.
Intro – The first Easter EGG?
It is necessary to return a few years back to know the exact origin, because it was in 1979 that one of the first Easter Eggs was officially recognized in the Adventure game, released on Atari 2600. At the time, for the sake of Notoriety and debauchery of competitors, developers had the prohibition to “sign” their work via the credits of the game. Disagree with this lack of recognition, Warren FaCinett had the idea of slipping his name into a secret message, accessible Only players accessing a specific pixel called _ “Gray Dot” . Too expensive delete this message, it is through Steve Wright that Inari later formalizes the term “_aster egg” (here, the signature of the developer), with reference to the pleasure of finding a surprise, in Comparison with egg hunting at Easter Festival. That’s why it has become recurring on the part of the developers to integrate Easter Eggs into video games to attract players.
Donkey Kong – 1981
Let’s stay a little bit in the past with the Portage of Donkey Kong, one of the first Nintendo platform games on Atari in 1981. While Easter Eggs are still only first, Landon Developer Mr. Dyer follows The trend and decides to assert its work by concealing its initials “LMD” on the Title screen of the game . At the time, it must be said that it had become an original way to leave his trace in a video game, but… It took a few years for this Easter Egg to be flushed so much the process is complex. Indeed, no one could discover it before Landon Mr. Dyer finally reveals his own existence and without even remembering the manipulation so precise and tedious to perform. The time to search in the game code, 26 years later, a popularly curious and blindersman, Don Hodges, dart this Easter Egg thanks to an emulator. Landon Mr. Dyer: “It’s absolutely not worth it”.
GOD OF WAR – 2005
A few years later, the players meet a new hero. These are Kratos who arrives with the GOD of War license on PlayStation 2 in 2005. Inspired by Greek mythology, the game tells us the adventures of a simple mortal hoisted to the rank of God. But did you know that an Easter Egg in the American version of the game reveals the phone number of the god of war in person? Rendez-vous at the end of the game, in the Kratos throne room, where it is enough to destroy two statues: that of a large minotaur and that of Ares. After being patiently unleashed your rage on these statues They are shattered, revealing a sequence of numbers followed by a congratulatory message for finding the Easter EGG in question. These numbers make up a special phone number that actually works: 888-447-5594. At the other end of the thread: Kratos, itself, congratulating directly the players for finding this Easter Egg rather original, hidden through a recorded message. Note that by ending the game in “Divinity” mode, another number appears: 800-613-8840. If the message is identical, it is interrupted by David Jaffe, the creator of the game, teasant of Elsewhere following the game with God of War II: divine retribution that will release two years later. Note that in our European version, the message goes through a kinematics, not by the use of the phone number.
Bioshock Infinite – 2013
How to turn a William Shakespeare soliloque filled with love into a terrifying and scary version? The answer is on the side of one of the many Easter Eggs discovered on Bioshock Infinite. Indeed, At the beginning of the game, you buy a first tonic at the Columbia Fair: Possession. By drinking it, it allows you to take control of the machines. By improving it a little later in the game, you get an assisted version that expands the effects to humans that eventually end up suicide after dissipation. The effect is manifested with a spectrum that revolves around the enemy while whispering strangely. It is actually an excerpt from the famous tragedy of Roméo and Juliette, but pronounced upside down :
_ “Come, Gentle Night, Come, Loving, Black-Brow’d Night; Give Me My Romeo and, When He Shall die; Take Him and Cut Him out in Little Stars. »_
Once the spectrum volatilized, the enemy will give death in your eyes, such Juliet in the work of William Shakespeare. Dramatically original…
Hearthstone – 2014
Developed by Blizzard, Hearthstone is now well well known for collecting cards games. This game is still full of as many cards as Easter Eggs. Be it illustrations, texts involved or dialogs, all means are good for sliding many references. And there is something for all the tastes between the series (South Park, Friends, Kaamelott…), the movies (Indiana Jones, the tanned skiing, James Bond, Transformers, Matrix, Harry Potter…), The song (Johnny HALLYDAY, STROMAE, Charles Trenet…) And even advertisements (Orangina, Apéricube, Krys…). But we have retained an Easter Egg a little more daring where Blizzard does not hesitate to get real reference, all being clearly turned to self-derision. For that, let’s take the card of the “cobalt guard” , taken from the first extension _Gobelins and gnomes. When he dies, in the original version of the game anyway, he pronounces the words “erreur 37“. This error refers to the one experienced by many players at the catastrophic launch of Diablo III in 2012 , and which prevented them from connecting to the completely saturated waiters of the game. Allow even the spicy and daring side of this Easter EGG on the part of Blizzard.
DYING LIGHT – 2015
At the beginning of 2015, it is a tour of a survival-horror in open world to point the tip of its nose: Dying Light, a game that does not lack Easter Eggs well hidden. For example, paradoxically, it is in the middle of the hordes of zombies that the developers have had fun paying tribute to the famous Jovial plumber of Nintendo. How ? They had the original idea of integrating the first level of the Mario Brosu. Through a mission just named “world 1-1“. To access it, go to the rooftops of the old town to see and interact with the famous green pipe. This hidden level is to replay that of the Nintendo version in a five-zombified 3D version. It is even possible to recover a reward, a secret plan of the pyza follows which will allow you to plan over several meters after having crafted. And Techland does not seem to want to stop there since another Tribute, certainly of lesser extent, is returned to the world of Mario in the second opus released very recently. A story of shoes… We will not say more about this new Easter Egg that we let you know how to find out for yourself.
Read our article: Mario level in Dying Light, how to access it?
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT – 2015
We no longer have the license of the name of The Witcher. If a new game has been officially announced developing lately, the third album of the series is still talking about it. Yet released in 2015, an Easter Egg has just been discovered by a YouTubeur. First, remember the character of the Vivienne name that you meet during the quest _ “tweah and Chivalry “_, within the second and last extension Blood and Wine. You learn when she suffers from a curse. If it is possible for the river geralt of the dissipate, his fate will definitely be sealed, Vivienne will not be able to live more than seven years. It is then enough to be curious enough to know the suite and to meditate for seven years at stake to find Vivienne, dead in the room of Yennefer. In passing, what more original than to discover this Easter Egg near Seven years after the game exit… This is an Easter Egg extremely well hidden, as Philipp Weber confirms, the chief designer of CD Projekt Red. It only remains to monitor the arrival of PS5 and Xbox Series versions with possibly other Easter Eggs to find out.
Read our article: The Witcher 3: One of the last secrets discovered seven years after the exit of the game
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Bread – 2015
Speaking of Easter Eggs, Hideo Kojima, METAL GEAR SOLID’s dad, is not left out. Fans are used to getting away from many hidden references in the Games of the series and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Bread does not escape the rule. More known to the public, It may be one of the most curable Easter Eggs of the video game. Indeed, it was necessary to think about it. How about celebrating your birthday with the play protagonists? During the prologue, if the doctor asks you for your date of birth, it is not by chance. Because if you play the day J (or if you did the date in the settings of your console), you are called urgently to the Mother Base. Once there, Big Boss expects the worst when hearing Shots of fire that are actually the rockets of a fireworks. This is actually an improvised party with a big cake in your honor. You only have to blow my candles yet!
Read our article: Celebrate your birthday on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Bread…
RETURNAL – 2021
While the new free content relaunches the interest of the players for Returnal on PlayStation 5, take advantage of this opportunity to unveil an Easter EGG with reference to Resogun, the exclusive launch title of housemarket on PlayStation 4, released in 2013. Remember. You of this Shoot’em Up game whose goal was to release the last human survivors, represented by little green guyommes. Easter EGG is actually a small statuette representing one of these little green humans. It is hidden in the cockpit of the name of Helios, in the vessel of seine. No interaction being possible, it is just a simple wink, in tribute to Resogun. Where the idea is particular, it is that this Easter EGG actually shows the course made by housemarks of a generation of console to another. From a simple arcade oriented game, the ambition is Clearly revised upward with Returnal which is one of the first exclusives of the PlayStation 5 and especially the first AAA game of the development studio.
Elden Ring – 2022
2022. It’s been more than 40 years since Easter Eggs, ever more original, flourish through our latest video games and outings are no exception. Here is a first example with Elden Ring, released the latter February 25, 2022. Already present in souls type games, The game contains, not one, but several Easter Eggs with reference to the famous Berserk Manga. This time, it’s probably in the sole purpose of making a tribute, very touching, to the author, Kentara Miura, who died last year. First, early enough in the game, It is possible to find a sword _ “Greatsword” _ , in a trunk in Caelid. Whether by the visual or the description of the weapon, the resemblance with the huge sword of Guts, the _ “Dragonslayer” _, is striking. Like the Malekith armor that looks strangely like The Berserker armor of Guts. Finally, other characters of the game such as Blaidd, Malenia or the prisoner’s class would be inspired respectively of the characters of Guts, Farnese and Griffith in the manga. Given the solid influence of the manga berserk in the world of ‘Elden Ring, it is useless to specify that other lining are likely disseminated everywhere in the world of the game.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: the dawn of Ragnarök – 2022
Finally, it would be a shame to finish our list without evoking the Ubisoft games that also focus on Easter Eggs with all kinds. Since the release of the first opus in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed games illustrate this purpose. Of course, references are innumerable and we have chosen to target those related to the Lord of the Rings. Like Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Previously, the latest born of the series, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, has its lot of Easter Eggs dedicated to trilogy. Between the pagan-like village on the Glowecestre side, inhabited by “small people” (possibly hobbits) and a mysterious ring that does not fail to make you think of Gollum , it is the third freshly released DLC, The dawn of Ragnarök, who pulls his Easter Egg from the game. Beyond the visual, it is more distinctively integrated and especially interactive by taking the form of an event directly at stake. Named _ “Hyrrokin’s gift _, It is located in the Gullnamar region. Indeed, by strolling in the range, You will have the opportunity to meet frodri, a little character likely resembling a well-known hobbit… The latter asks you to accompany him to the top of the mountain to destroy a ring Cursed by a Jötun witch. The coincidence is troubling… except for the outcome of this quest that you are surprised to discover.
To read also: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: an Easter Egg Lord of the Rings, how to access it?
Thus ends our selection of the ten original easter eggs of the video game but it is obvious that they are so many that it is impossible to mention them. Whether Call of Duty, Fallout, Hitman, Pokémon, Halo, Grand Theft Auto… These are all known games of many players and overflowing with Easter Eggs. Which gives us the opportunity to ask you the question:
And you ? What is your most original Easter EGG?
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2 hours ago
I would have put the Easter Egg of the developer who presents himself and says he loves the vagins.
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