Battlefield 1 “Weapons Crate” update was more exciting than we expected it to be. Not only did it add one new Assault weapon, two new melee weapons, and eight new weapon variants, but it also added the next step in unlocking the long-running mystery of Fort de Vaux.
Fort de Vaux’s haunting Easter egg mystery kicked off before the They Shall Not Pass expansion, which introduced the Fort de Vaux map, was even released, having appeared in the game’s Community Test Environment. While testing the map, players noticed a strange, zombie-like moaning coming from a room behind a door marked “isolement,” which is the French word for “isolation.”
The Fort de Vaux mystery continued to gain traction once They Shall Not Pass officially released. Digging deeper, members of the Battlefield Easter Egg Discord discovered a cryptic message hidden within vinyl records scattered across the map. The message hinted that there was a “secret that lies below Vaux.”
The most recent update added the next step in uncovering Fort de Vaux’s secret, which results in the opening of the “isolement” door, and it’s already been deciphered by the same Discord community.
As a user on the Discord channel explains, the latest updated added a series of switches hidden behind signs within Fort de Vaux. Each one of these switches is placed behind a specific letter on each sign and can be seen sticking out of said letter.
The first step in opening the door is to interact with each switch in the correct order, spelling out “isolement.” After pressing the last “t” switch, players will find another switch on the wall directly behind them. Interacting with this final switch will open the door.
Inside the room, players will find an isolation chamber splattered in blood with two bunk beds, in addition to two interactive valves and a drain. If players throw a grenade down the drain when a noise is heard, it will unlock the right valve. Doing this five times will trigger a scream similar to the previous zombie-like moan.
That’s as far as the Easter egg hunters got so far, and it’s unclear if we’ll have to wait until the June update to see if the Easter egg will progress any further, but we’ll definitely keep an eye on the Discord to see if they find anything else.
This Fort de Vaux Easter egg isn’t the only one included in the French DLC. Our favorite was discovered on the Verdun Heights map and references Pixar movie Up by triggering a house that’s being lifted up by giant balloons.
In addition to the new weapons and this Fort de Vaux Easter egg, the recent update also introduced the new “sweet spot” mechanic that was previously tested on the CTE. This mechanic makes it easier for snipers to know when players are in their sweet spot range, but it also lets players know when they are in danger of being one-shot killed.
Battlefield 1‘s final monthly update will launch sometime in June and will introduce the new Shock Operations mode, which is basically 40-player Operations on one map. It’s possible that developer DICE is testing out these Scout class changes and Shock Operations for the next Battlefield title, which is rumored to either be a World War II title called Battlefield V or Battlefield: Bad Company 3. We’ll find out soon enough, as the next Battlefield will most likely be revealed at EA Play 2018.
Battlefield 1 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.