John-117 in cryo
By holding the right analog stick to the right in the part of the cinematic where Captain Keyes' Pelican lands in a hangar bay on the Pillar of Autumn, one can see John-117 lying in a cryo-chamber in the hangar.
- The easter egg is similar to the Buck and Monkeyman egg in the Halo 3: ODST epilogue, the only difference being that the player needs to push the right analog stick to the left in order to see the egg in ODST.
- It appears that the Master Chief has a combat knife. This is because his model is simply reusing the model from the Spartans in Reach.
John seen in the cryo-chamber with MJOLNIR Mark V armor
- Game Informer, November 2010: Marcus Lehto: "That is in fact the Master Chief. We felt that if he were to show up anywhere, this was the place to do it. Placing him in the "hushed casket" was the one way we felt his presence in Reach would be appropriate. Anything greater than that would have diminished the importance of Noble team, including yourself as the last remaining Spartan willing to stay behind and fight on Reach to the very bitter end."