In many ways, Control is as much a follow-up to Remedy’s Alan Wake as it is a totally new IP, but the latest “AWE” DLC has confirmed it outright. The base game contains oodles of Easter eggs hinting at a grander interconnected universe. The AWE DLC adds more Alan Wake content to the experience and even concludes an Easter egg that’s been a year in the making.
Here’s how you find the hidden Easter egg and earn the game’s best gear in the process.
The origins of the Easter egg
During Control‘s base game, players must traverse the Ashtray Maze during a mission close to the game’s climax, during which the song “Take Control” plays. In Control‘s canon, this song is by a band called Old Gods of Asgard, who also appeared in the Alan Wake. The band’s two lead members, Odin and Tor Anderson, have supernatural abilities, believed to be gained from drinking moonshine made from the water in Cauldron Lake. (This is the location of the cabin at the focus of Alan Wake.) Their abilities let them bend reality using their songs, which they once used to defeat the Dark Presence that persists throughout Alan Wake.
While primarily a metal/rock-themed banger that was used to close out Control, a portion of “Take Control” featured three lyrical chunks in reverse. If restored to a discernable order, you get:
- “In their drunken feverish state, seemed to both profoundly, / the pyramid in the stolen file becomes a spruce tree”
- “A diamond will tell you where 1-19-7-1-18-4-9-19”
- “Landing on a polar star and rushing on to the red room, / find the cord to take you to a secret rendezvous”