Activision’s latest first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, features a unique Easter Egg that references the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Twitter user LucaBoechat spotted an Easter Egg on the Rust multiplayer map in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 campaign ending, where Soap kills off Shepherd by throwing a knife straight to his eyeball.
Among the rubble in the sand on the Rust multiplayer map rests a skull with a throwing knife etched into its eye socket. It’s a neat Easter Egg that will take long time Call of Duty fans all the way back to 2009’s Modern Warfare 2.
For the uninitiated, the skull seen in the screenshot above belongs to US Army Lieutenant General Shepherd from 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, who ends up betraying Task Force 141. The squad is sent in two teams to locate Makarov. Roach, Ghost, and others attack a safehouse on the Georgia–Russia border, finding valuable intel but no Makarov. After being rescued, Shepherd takes Roach and Ghost by surprise and kills them, with Shadow Company eliminating the remaining team members. Meanwhile, Soap and Price, searching for Makarov in Afghanistan, face an attack by Shadow Company but escape with Nikolai’s help.
Task Force 141 and Makarov form a temporary truce, and Makarov discloses Shepherd’s location. Price and Soap launch a revenge mission, infiltrating Shepherd’s Afghan base. They corner him after a pursuit, but Soap is stabbed. Shepherd reveals himself as the mastermind behind the death of forty thousand men to Al Asad’s nuke five years ago and the disclosure of Allen’s true identity to Makarov to start a war with Russia. He them attempts to execute Soap when Price intervenes. A fistfight ensues, and Soap pulls a throwing knife from his chest that Price throws at Shepherd, killing him instantly. Nikolai then evacuates Price and Soap to safety.