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This is a list of easter eggs found across the maps in the Unreal series. For the purposes of the article, we define an easter egg as "an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work".


Unreal

  • The manual's credits section reads "In memory of Myscha and Pelit". Two tombs in the Bluff Eversmoking level also read "Myscha Nov 28th 1994-June 1997" and "Pelit Jan 20 1997-July 17 1997". Both of them reference Elliot 'Myscha' Cannon's mascots Myscha and Pelit, who died during the development of the game.
  • Pancho Eekels inserted a lot of references to himself, friends and family in NyLeve's Falls:
    • The level is named after his wife Evelyn, who also contributed with some texture work on the Unreal Engine 2 games.
    • The serial number of the ship is NC114-85EKLS.
    • The dead people in the level are named after his friends.
  • In the Dark Arena level, make your way to the top of the building, and drop a grenade on the hole in the main entrance. A big board with the inscription "175 Columbia Street" will appear.
  • In the Serpent Canyon level, at the canoe room, there are two torches. Shoot them with any weapon and enter the canoe. In the darker corner, at the left, a billboard of "Pirates of Nali Land" will be displayed.
  • The Deathmatch level DmAriza has the shape of the Quake logo.

Hidden Level Entry Texts

  • DM-Cybrosis: "Now entering Cybrosis Central"
  • DM-Letting: "Entering the Blood Letting"
  • DmCreek: "This doesn't really work, but Tim left it in the game anyways."
  • DmRadikus: "Let's get it ON!!!!!"
  • DmVilla: "The Villa Docks"

Translator messages

  • At the beginning of the level Rrajigar Mine, you can use the Fly cheat to go above the entrance to the elevator area and find a message:
!U1-Item-Translator
Universal Translator
"What the hell are you doing up here?"
  • Also from Rrajigar Mine, swimming in the lava from either the corridor from the first elevator or the broken ledge area nets you another message:
!U1-Item-Translator
Universal Translator
"You are SO dead."
  • Use the fly cheat code on the transport cart that goes to the upper level in the Depths of Rrajigar level and fly oppose to the ledge for the following message:
!U1-Item-Translator
Universal Translator
"Canada is really cold. I like Dos Equis beer. My cats are fuzzy."
  • Also in Depths of Rrajigar, save your game, and use the god or summon asbestossuit cheats in order to take a swim in the molten metal lake below the bridge in the triggerable bridge area. Approach the exit to the barrel hallway on the right, and you'll get the following message:
!U1-Item-Translator
Universal Translator
"Come on in, the Lava's fine!"
  • After entering in the warehouse area of Depths of Rrajigar, go through the ramp and use the fly cheat in order to go to the top of the light pole in front of it. This triggers the following message:
!U1-Item-Translator
Universal Translator
"Craig is Grand Master Doofus."
  • There's a hidden, incomplete message at the very end of The Trench, players can't read it because they're teleported to the ISV-Kran Deck 4 level.
!U1-Item-Translator
Universal Translator
"Corporeal Pelli Onsov: If you're reading my log entry I am probably dead and our ship has been overrun by aliens called "
  • There's an easter egg in the Nali Castle map. After freeing the Nali, riding the cable car and witnessing the Nali getting blown up by the skimmer, reach the barn. Do a dodge in the mountain and try to land on the barn's roof. Walk onto the pole, and the following message will appear on the Translator:
!U1-Item-Translator
Universal Translator
"What the HELL are you doing up here?"

Unreal Tournament

  • The ending sequence reveals that there were five Liandri Grand Tournament winners before Xan Kriegor. They're named Green Marine, Roan Terg, Magnus, Geos Dryon and Pariah. Green Marine comes from Brandon "Green Marine" Reinhart, one of the programmers.
  • The team icons are all lifted from Unreal: the Red team is the logo that appears on the Tarydium barrels, the Blue team is the logo of the UMS Vortex Rikers, the Green team is the Skaarj race, and the yellow team is the insignia of the Mercenaries.
  • Play a botmatch and use the cheat `ghost`. Now try to see the whole map from a top-down view. You'll find that it has a rather suggestive shape.
  • The death pit of CTF-Noxion16 has a location name: "Really Dead".
  • In DM-Codex, jump from the wooden bridge to the non-connected hallway, and shoot any of the four lamps of the area, five times. It doesn't matter the order or combination. Then, descend to the lower level and follow the wooden path to the platform. A new room with a picture of Cliff Bleszinski has been revealed. Be aware, though, this room inflicts 5 damage points per second.
  • The shape of DM-Conveyor, seen in the top-down view, resembles the Gauss weapon from the Half-Life series.
  • If you rename DM-Cybrosis][ to DOM-Cybrosis][, the map will play as a Domination map, with named control points and the works. The same is also true for DM-Coagulate and DM-Hood from the console versions.
  • There are hidden UT logos in the maps DM-Mojo][ and DM-Shrapnel][. In the first map, you must find a dead-end after a hall with a platform on it. In the second map, at the Shield Belt Room, you can use a lift jump at the elevator to reach a platform opposite the Shield Belt walkway, upon which is a golden circle U medallion.
  • The female mercenaries (female members of the Blood Reavers team) have Nali crucifixes tattooed in their stomachs.

Hidden Level Entry Texts

Unreal Mission Pack: Return to Na Pali

Unreal II: The Awakening

Unreal Championship

Unreal Tournament 2003/Unreal Tournament 2004

  • There's a smiley inside of Outlaw and Garrett.
  • Mandible has an "Ejector Seat" sticker.
  • There was a feature in 2003 where the default announcer would scream the character names upon selection. This feature didn't made the cut for 2004, except for a character: Mr. Crow.
  • Some weapons and character models have inscriptions (The Redeemer's "Swallow This!") or warning stickers (Rocket Launcher).
  • Winning the ladder with Mr. Crow enables the TC-1200 for the Vehicle Arena mutator.
  • The Hellbender's license plate is changed to the consonants or full name of its owner, depending on the name's length.
  • Both Gorge and the Bio Rifle have media players.
  • In several maps such as DM-Deck17, there are screens with the following inscription:
"------------------
If you're reading this
you're already dead
------------------

There is no reality. There is only this.
This time. This place. This Contest.

Be the best. Unleash your power.
Lead your team in a battle of the mind.
Win the Tournament. If you can't,
step aside for someone who will.

Keep your eyes on the prize,
and your fingers on the trigger."
Screens
  • Jakob, from the Thunder Crash team, is apparently a convict, due to the barcode on his forehead with the numbers "021136".
  • There are three posters in AS-FallenCity, "AO - Men's Hair Spray", "Stu's Club" and "Phil's Bagels".
  • The submarine from CTF-December and CTF-January appears in AS-RobotFactory at the distance during the initial area.
  • The spikes of CTF-Citadel can become shiney and polished when shooting a specific star. Shooting at them again changes their texture back.
  • At the eater current below the bridge, there's a hidden text, "1337NESS".
  • There are caution stickers across most parts of DM-Deck17.
  • The Gorge Fan from the intro of Unreal Tournament 2003 is found at a chamber in the bottom of the pit of DM-Gael.
  • There's a golden dildo in DM-Junkyard, near the 50 shield pickup.
  • There's a single spectator on the seats behind the Redeemer tower in ONS-Tricky.

Creator cameos and references

  • Two unused taunts of the male mercenary/human voicepack are "You're as good as CliffyB!" and "You're worse than Mark Rein!".
  • Every once in a while, while playing the ladder, the team Epic Games, Inc. will appear in the "Other matches" tab after a match.
  • Changing the player's name to "CliffyB" causes bots to have the names of various Epic Games employees.
  • The second license plate in the middle train of the exploding truck in AS-Convoy says "B4G3L5".
    • Also from Convoy, CliffyB's name is written in the missiles. The full description is:
"YIELD: HIGH
MER: 120KM
OPT TEMP: 123
HEAD: CLIFF
MANUFACT: CTLS
SEIL: UT2K4"
Missiles
  • There's a hidden portrait of CliffyB in DM-Asbestos, referencing the Codex egg from UT.
  • One of the destroyed road signs in ONS-Urban reads "Bleszinski Blvd", referencing lead designer CliffyB. Another one reads "Caudle Ave", named after lead artist Shane Caudle.
  • The pictures used for the zone portals (thus only visible in UnrealEd) in DM-1on1-Trite are portraits of its creator, Paul 'Tonnberry' Fahss, and are named 'fag'.
  • Several portraits in AS-BP2-Outback reference Lord Simeon's friends and community colleagues. One picture in particular is that of the employee of the month, none other than... you guessed it... CliffyB.
  • There's an Easter Egg room in ONS-Frostbite. Bump into 25 selected trees in the map with any vehicle and, at the Central Lake, in the tower at the very east, a room will open, leading to a secret area (similar to the one in DM-Codex) where a group picture can be found. This area, however, subtracts one health point per second, and requires a wall-dodge-jump in order to reach the very end.

Hidden notes

These notes can only be seen in UnrealEd or with a package tool analyzer such as UT Package Tool:

"Special Thanks: Robyn & Col McCarthy, Eddy Respondek- My family. For their eternal patience with my "Unreal" addiction, and my general procrastination. I paid off though, didn't it?. Cliff Bleszinski & Epic Games- For giving me a chance. I hope Epic Games will continue to utilize the wealth of community talent out there. Not only does it make good business sense, but it gives someone a career, which is about the best gift you can give someone. I am in your debt. The UT2004 War Room Staff - Rogelio O, Phil C, Stu F, Ben B, Nate O, Laurent D, Dave H, David S, Ron P, Jeff G, Mat O and Steve P- It has been an absolute pleasure to work with them. They are probably best group of people I have ever met. I would recommend any of them without hesitation."
Hidden note
"Made by Chris "Plutonic" Blundell and Nathan "TomWithTheWeather" Overman. Shoulders are a delicacy."
Hidden note
"ben beckwith vertex painted these terrains for me. very badly i might add. :)"
Hidden note
"Thanks to the following people for having great impact on the quality of this level through their feedback: DavidM, Tonnberry, Hourences, Cliffy Blezinski, Jim Brown, David Spalinski, and Anthony Pereira. A very special thanks for Tarah Hunt for enduring my constant obsessions with polishing this level and all the time it took from her. I love her more than she knows."
Ryan Brucks
"Special thanks to Vorlon for gave me the usage permission of some textures from his map DM-CBP2-Drakonis, and Jim Brown, Desperado, Jay harrison and Anarkist for Beta testing."
Hidden note
"met dank aan 1 of ander plaatseling bingo bejaarde lokaal waar ik foto van hun lamp em gemaakt, en dank aan de mosten recreatiewaterplaszeik waar ik paar stukke zand em gefotografeerd ffs, en alsmede ook bedankt aan stuk paarderijgrond ffs"
Hourences[1]
"ik haat dus dooi lijne, krijgt ni eens de tering tijd om uw spul af te krijge, laat staan om u zelve enige vorm van nachtrust te gunnen"
Hourences[2]
"Hey Ben from the future, shutup."
Hidden note


Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

Unreal Tournament 3

  • The binary code on OSC's description (01100010011001010110110001101001011001010111011001100101) translates to "believe".

Unreal Tournament 4

Gallery

External links and references

  1. Rough translation: Thanks to some local bingo room for elderly people where I made a photo/picture of their lamp, and thanks to the Mosten recreational water piss puddle where I made photographs of some patches of sand ffs, and also thanks to a piece of horse riding grounds.
  2. Rough translation: I hate deadlines, you don't even get any goddamn time to finish your stuff, let alone get any sleep.

See also

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