Is this Battlefield 4 Easter egg the most complex ever?

Battlefield 4 Easter egg diagram

An Easter egg, in videogame terms, is a fun little something stashed away inside a game that can only be found through persistence, luck, or most often, a combination of both. Remember John Romero's head, or Gordon Freeman in the Australian outback? Both Easter eggs. Some are harder to find than others, but I'm not aware of any that are even remotely as complex as this Battlefield 4 secret documented by YouTuber Jackfrags.

I'll leave the specifics to the video, but just think about this: One of the first steps in the process of unraveling the mystery is decoding a Morse code message—in Belarusian. That leads to a hidden message from Julian Manolov of DICE LA, also known as JJJU, the brain behind some of BF4's other elaborate Easter eggs. And that's actually the easy bit: From there you'll embark on button hunts, a tedious logic puzzle, more Morse code, a move to entirely different map, a spot of audio engineering, Battlefield Friends, some code-breaking, and even more freaking Morse code, all on the way to a payoff that is, I have to admit, awfully cool. Possibly even worth the effort, if you're enough of a Battlefield fan to put yourself through this particular wringer.

And put yourself through it you must, if you want to reap the rewards. Unlike Easter eggs you can simply run to and grab once someone tells you where they are, this Battlefield 4 treat is hidden under multiple layers of randomization that culminate in a unique, single-use code. The video is a huge help—some of those buttons are viciously well-hidden—but there's simply no getting around the work that needs to be done. So... are you going to do it?

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.