Mass Effect 3 is full of huge and horrible robots. But if you want to meet a more whimsical mechanical friend, one of the original developers of the game has revealed how to activate a long-lost Mars rover Easter egg.
During a first mission to Mars, Shephard could encounter a network of 4×3 solar panels next to a shuttle. Speaking of al subredit of the game, former Bioware designer Richard Boisvert, explains that walking along the grid of a certain panel will result in an Easter egg that, as far as I know, has never been discovered.
“10 years ago I put an Easter egg on ME3’s Mars mission and, as far as I know, no one ever stumbled upon it,” Boisvert writes. "At the beginning of the Mars mission, feel free to walk through the array of nearby solar panels as follows to see it."
Here is the first comment from Redditor Tuskin38 shows that, at the end, a spicy rover will emerge from the shadows, approach Shephard and give light to the captain of the hardened space. Who said organics and synthetics can’t be understood, eh?
While the knowledge of how to summon the rover has been a mystery for ten years, fans have been aware of its existence for a long time. Last year, Marcus_Khaar used a free camera modification to remove the maps from the game, finding the hidden rover hidden. I particularly love that the bot is not a bespoke model, but rather a kitbashed of various parts from other models.
It's nice to see that this buried robot doesn't play in the legendary edition of the trilogy. But elsewhere, BioWare has taken care of making small, nice changes to the series, from misaligned visors to the new image of Pluto.