“We Send Each Other Greeting Cards”: Meet Battlefield’s Megalodon Hunters In Search Of The Series’ Biggest Secrets
Five years ago, the Battlefield Easter Egg community thought they had stumbled upon something great. After discovering the Morse code hidden in the Battlefield 1 MCOM radios, a dedicated myth research team attempted to decipher it, but struggled to make the head or tail of the message inside.
“We had one last desperate hope,” says HotelMama, a Battlefield Easter Egg figurehead. [BFEE] network. “The game’s MCOMs are actually designed after [Italian inventor Guglielmo] Marconi’s telegram machines, and because he also invented a code to go with it, we wanted to get our hands on a codebook. There were only very rare hard copies available so we bought one. ”
Unfortunately, even before the expensive purchase was in the hands of the community, DICE changed the Morse code in an unexpected patch, and this time the translation was disappointingly clear: “Corrupted message, wait for further instructions “.
“This basically meant that there was no working Easter egg and that we had bought a very expensive codebook just for fun,” continues HotelMama. “In order not to waste it totally, we decided to organize a world tour, sending the book not only to the two DICE studios in Los Angeles and Sweden to be signed by the developers, but to select the members of the community that had contributed to the costs. We call it the Marconi Bible, but it’s basically a tradition that has never helped us solve anything! “
Created in 2016, the Battlefield Easter Egg Community Now has over 300 members, engaged in solving and uncovering the ever-growing number of secrets and ARGs in the series. But while Battlefield has a long and rich history of hiding various Easter eggs in its multiplayer maps, it was the megalodons – giant, prehistoric sharks that roamed the oceans millions of years ago – that provided the surprises. most visually memorable of all.
People who haven’t even played Battlefield will likely have heard of megalodons, appearing across several games since they first appeared in Battlefield 4, and making headlines whenever a new sighting is discovered. There’s a reason the Jurassic Shark made the cut as the inspiration for the official BFEE emblem, after all. “It’s a recurring theme, and basically a mascot for DICE as much as us hunters at this point,” says HotelMama.
Despite their gargantuan size, Megalodons have been notoriously difficult to summon, involving a multi-step process that can only be undertaken by groups of players working together on a private server. This is after The community of course figured out how to summon the shark, of course, which requires a lot of collective deduction, time-consuming experimentation, and forensic digging from the teasers that the DICE development team released on social media.
“The first step is to look for anything out of the ordinary,” HotelMama says of the hunt. “This is especially the case with game updates, because anything that has changed is immediately suspect. Once someone finds a point of interest, we start throwing everything at it (literally and figured) until something clicks or explodes. have a very strong ‘that’s it’ feel to them: once you see it, it’s undeniably on purpose and not just ‘these four pixels look like an arrow. “Once you can predict an Easter egg’s behavior, you’ve cracked it. Even these have to be taken with a grain of salt, as some are just related to a random generation.”
If this exhaustive process sounds like a slog, BFEE member KopaTroopa123 would like to point out the opposite: “The experience of being involved in the hunt is a huge rush! Being there and finding or putting pieces of the puzzle together is a big one. real excitement and adrenaline build-up. Finding out can get mundane, but when you chat and joke with friends, it’s not boring – you’re just spending time hanging out with your friends! “
“This is not just the end result of the Easter egg search, but the journey along the way,” adds hunter BFEE PergySkeel. “The shared laughter and jokes, the frustration and the jokes, the theories of crazy ideas of what the Easter egg could be or how to solve it, [and] the thrill of the chase. I also made many friends along the way. We send each other greeting cards and birthday presents, use our real names, text and chat about our families. The game in general is all about bringing people together, and when you add an extra passion for solving Morse code, puzzles, chasing crazy Dan Brown-type conspiracy theories, you bond with each other. “
A fish out of the water
Indeed, despite the last Battlefield game released over two and a half years ago, the Battlefield Easter Egg community is more active than ever, whether it’s sharing stories and new discoveries on Discord, jump together on a server to keep up with the latest leads, or just to reactivate. fan-favorite Easter Eggs, helping newcomers get some of the exclusive rewards that come with it, such as special outfits or name tags.
Dice also continues to engage positively with BFEE, to the point that the achievements of the community are now immortalized in some of the best Battlefield games with their own member-inspired Easter eggs. With Battlefield 6 set to launch later this year, the community is now expecting a busy holiday season, as DICE’s next-gen title will undoubtedly be filled with a veritable basket of new Easter eggs at find.
Whether that basket includes a megalodon is an estimate, but given the shark’s penchant for the oceans, puddles, and rivers of DICE’s multiplayer battlefields, it’s probably best to keep both eyes peeled when you go. dive into the digital waters of the next game.
“One of the best parts of the Easter egg hunt is just seeing what DICE has to offer next,” HotelMama says. “Glad to wait and see what happens!”
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