Now here’s a crossover you probably didn’t see coming! Apparently, Battlefield 1’s latest DLC They Shall Not Pass contains a sly reference to Pixar’s Academy Award-winning movie Up.
I suppose it makes some sort of sense. Both World War I and Up were haunted by death and depressing as hell, and the climax of the movie does feature people flying around in biplanes. Personally, I would have gone with Ratatouille given They Shall Not Pass’ French setting, but hey, what do I know about game design? At least we didn’t get Nemo flopping around in a puddle or Wall-E stuck behind enemy lines.
Making the Up house appear is actually a relatively complex process. On the new Verdun Heights map, you first must find and destroy three hidden bottles of wine. Once that’s been accomplished, locate and shoot three rooster-topped weathervanes (kind of like the one on Carl’s house in Up). With all that done, look to the hills at the south end of the map and you’ll see a small house being carried into the sky by balloons colored red, white, and blue after the French flag. How people figure these things out, I have no idea. YouTuber Jackfrags shows exactly how to trigger this Easter egg in the video at the top of this post.
Now, the question everybody’s asking themselves – can you shoot down poor Carl Fredricksen’s house? Our YouTuber never attempts it, but you should be able to, right? With a good sniper rifle? Those balloons are pretty easy targets. Come on, Pixar wouldn’t object! They’re all about child (and adult) scarring tragedies.
Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass is currently available for premium season pass holders. The rest of us can play the DLC when it lands on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on March 27.