Have you ever wondered if certain Ubisoft games are set in the same universe? Maybe you even saw a few Watch Dogs references when you played Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. While we can’t confirm these games are actually within the same overarching universe, we’ve noticed a whole bunch of sly (and hidden) references in Watch Dogs. Which makes sense – after all, with the crossover and assistance amongst the Ubisoft teams across the world, it’s only natural for some clever nods to be dropped here and there.
Watch Dogs is full of these little Easter Eggs from our other games, as well as movies, TV, anime and more. Watch Dogs Product Manager David Thériault helped us assemble a list of some of the hidden secrets in the game and a general idea as to how you can track them down. Let us know in the comments which Watch Dogs Easter Egg is your favorite – and be sure to share with other readers where you found it so they can track it down as well.
Heads up. Here there be mild spoilers for Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.
Beware the Night – If you don’t do much exploring early on, this may be the first Easter Egg you spot. In the second mission you’ll be able to head into Aiden’s sister’s house and take a look around. His nephew is hanging out on the couch playing a game on the tablet. Head on over to him and take a look at what he’s playing. Look familiar? Yep, young Jackson got his hands on the recently released Child of Light. (Much more age-appropriate than the Assassin’s Creed games in his room. Aiden probably bought those for him. What a bad influence.)
I Am the One Who Hacks – Who doesn’t love a good meme? Aiden certainly does (he really needs to spend less time on the Internet). Hack the many electronic road signs in the city and you’ll find some gems, both new and old. It gets pretty addicting.
Celebrity Sightings – We announced a while back that Aisha Tyler would be an NPC in Watch Dogs. Well, we found her. You can either spot her wandering the streets, or you can spy on her through a camera in one of the Privacy Invasion side quests. She’s not the only celeb, either. Pro stock car driver Brad Keselowski can be found in Chicago as well.
Profile This – This one is pretty obvious. You have probably noticed that a lot of the profiles around town reference characters from movies, TV and the like. For example, we have our very own Galtero Blanco (Walter White) wandering around Chicago, and yes, he does work as a “laundry manager.” Funny how when we found this laundry manager, he was in a Gang Hideout. We couldn’t kill him, though. The poor guy had been diagnosed with terminal cancer – just like in Breaking Bad.
Arcade Junkie – As you explore Iraq’s base of operations in Rossi-Fremont, take a minute to examine the Black Viceroys’ arcade. You might recognize one of the machines.
Raining Rabbids – Bwaaaah! These little weirdos are all over the city. On newsstands, in our nephew’s room… We even found one in a bar. Seriously, someone needs to do something about all the Rabbids on the loose.
Assassin’s Creed Easter Eggs
This is where it gets spoilery for Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. You’ve been warned.
Hasta La Vista, Abstergo – Further enforcing the notion of a Ubiverse, several former Abstergo employees can be spotted in Chicago. We found this gentleman in Pawnee.
Eddie Kenway – Edward Kenway is in the game and you may have totally missed him! Well, it’s not actually Edward Kenway, just a very devoted videogame store clerk who legally changed his name. Find Mr. Eddie Kenway in one of the many Privacy Invasion spots throughout the city.
Bonding Over Blood – Man, sometimes our parents just don’t get us. Have you ever tried to explain Assassin’s Creed to them? We sure have, and so has this kid. It went about as well for us as it does for him. This particular invasion can be found after you have access to your main secret bunker.
Somebody I Used to Know – Remember Olivier Garneau? You met him in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. He was one of the Abstergo Entertainment bigwigs. Well if you do remember him, you may recall he went missing at the end of the game when he was supposed to be in Chicago. As it turns out, Aiden might know something about his disappearance. Get to the last Convoy mission to find out what happened to poor Olivier.
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