Some soldiers of Battlefield 1 [official site] have stopped chucking grenades and sniping each other from across the map long enough to discover some pairs of mysterious headphones scattered around, which can be picked up by a single person during the fight. They then found that a jumbled morse code message would play if that person stood close to a radio station hidden somewhere on the map. What can it all mean? I’ll tell you: it means another elaborate Battlefield easter egg hunt has begun.
Players have started pitching in with theories and suggestions, as well as finding more headphones and recording the coded messages. So far all they have uncovered is just rando messages like “GO SET XKG OR FOXM ETH SETE RRMM MRN” or “NOROT YHAE NQ7UH WE GOTSSAAF ITINCE”. But considering the previous game’s history of complicated easter eggs, it’s reasonable to assume there is some cipher to decode these, and players are now searching for just that. Battlefield 4 had a few easter eggs, but the most famous were this giant megalodon and a secret camouflage skin unlocked via a ludicrously complicated series of puzzles.
A Google doc containing all the theories and locations of the headphones has been set up and a concise summary of the hunt so far has also been posted on Reddit. The community is getting stuck in, so if you are into this sort of thing make yourself useful and learn some morse code or something. Some folks are suggesting this is a pigpen cipher, after discovering a clue scrawled on a chalkboard. Others are saying the morse messages are random junk without meaning until some other (as yet unknown) steps are completed. Heavens knows what’s at the end of all this. A new pair of gloves? A set of ridiculous “prototype” horse armour? We can only hope so.
All I know is that Battlefield 1 is a good but safe shooter. If easter egg hunting isn’t your thing, you could always make yourself the guardian of its secrets by killing anyone who comes near the headphones. I think the world would appreciate that kind of troll. Do it.