The search for answers is on as Battlefield 1 players have found strange headphones across various maps and odd morse code messages relayed from special locations.
Originally discovered by Reddit user RHabib, collectible headphones were located across many multiplayer maps. Only one player could collect them per match. Initially, no one was really clear on what purpose they had. The Battlefield series contains some impressive easter eggs. An extremely complicated process could allow players to access a special developer camouflage in Battlefield 4.
Intrepid easter egg hunters have started to organise their efforts and catalogue the headphone locations as well as morse code that can be found at certain military communication stations located throughout the multiplayer. Players who have the headphones can hear the morse code messages. jackfrags explains in a recent video:
At the moment, none of the messages see to offer anything coherent. For instance, morse code found on the Fao Fortress map seemingly translates to the phrase: “PSVE KOU7BNI MAKAH ZHTI.” The community is now trying to translate and decipher these messages.
One theory relates to an odd image on a painting in the Ballroom Blitz map found by a player named Daskatus. The image might be a pigpen cipher. Pigpen ciphers are a substitution ciphers where letters are replaced with symbols or characters from a designated grid.
The potential cipher found by Daskatus
The messages all seem to contain numbers as well. Some players are determining if they can form a message by taking the position of the numbers in each message and substituting them with their corresponding letters in the alphabet to see if they form a message. Battlefield 4's own morse code puzzle translated into a sentence written in Belarusian which led to multiple more codes and riddles to solve. For those interested in all the codes, TheRadGamerDan™ has complied them into one video:
For now, the true meaning behind these messages is unknown but I’m sure the hard work of Battlefield’s dedicated code breakers will yield some interesting results. I don’t expect the reward to be much more than a gun skin or some other prestigious cosmetic item, but I’d love for it to lead players to another mythical creature like the Megalodon.
One thing is for certain though: this is still better than Sombra.