This love of hidden content and funny inside jokes stretches all the way to video games and indeed to the world of Rocket league too through the form of Easter eggs.
What is an Easter Egg in Rocket League
An Easter egg in the most general of terms is a hidden and subtle piece of content that has been included intentionally by the developer with the hope that perceptive players will find it.
Within Rocket League there are a number of these Easter eggs that refer to the developers, the old game that was the inspiration for Rocket league called Super Acrobatic Rocket Propelled Battle-Cars. Plus a wealth of other interesting little hidden gems.
Arenas of old
When your playing in the Atlantis based arena called Aqua Dome, it can be very easy to get lost in its marine life, it’s coral reefs and it’s genuinely serene and tranquil atmosphere. You know, besides all the really powerful and loud rocket cars driving around.
Know what you may not have noticed is that the developers have included an old arena in the design for Aqua Dome. If you look deep in the background off to the side of the map. You will be able to make out a sunken ship in the distance. This actually happens to be an arena from SARPBC called Galleon.
Unless you were super perceptive you might have missed this one, though good job to those that spotted this.
Classic cheat code
If you’ve been gaming since the days of the original Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter or games of the era. You will probably be more aware of what cheat codes are than the current gaming generation are. So the famous Konami code will be something you are well aware of. These days this code and any cheat codes for that matter, are absent from modern games.
Though in Rocket League this code actually has a function. By typing in up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, X, O on Playstation and up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A on Xbox or PC while the logos are loading you will be treated to a brand new main menu boasting the logo for SARPBC.
This will be accompanied by the original theme song and the original design for wasteland will be shown in the background. It’s a really fun addition that you need to check out for yourself.
Then lastly we have the Moai. This, in reality, is a figure that was carved by the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island. Though within Rocket League this is represented as an Easter egg that is synonymous with the series. Not only can you get an antenna topper for your car through the Konami code above. You will also be able to locate these in a number of the various arenas too. Some are really obvious, while others are more subtle. The more subtle moais are the likes of the Champions Field where it is printed on the floating camera robots.
Or perhaps the Farmstead variant that is casually chilling in the tire swing you can see hanging on the large tree. They are in lots of other locations too but we won’t spoil the fun of finding them for yourself.
To the untrained eye, the more common arenas without a theme seem to have been given random names to sound like stadiums throughout the world.
However, Psyonix used this an opportunity to name these arenas after a number of the key team members behind the development of the game. For example, DFH stadium is named after Psyonix CEO and studio director David. F. Hagewood.
While the arena Beckwith park is named after the level designer and lead technical artist Ben Beckwith. It’s perhaps not the sneakiest easter egg but still a fun little addition nonetheless.
Easter eggs are such a fun thing to go searching for in your favorite games. There is almost always one or two no matter what game you are talking about. It’s a way for developers to leave their mark on the game and allow players behind the curtain. Psyonix is constantly producing new content in add-ons, events and various other means and with new content come more Easter eggs. So be constantly on the lookout for new Easter eggs and happy hunting!