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.

Watch Dogs - Easter Eggs

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.

Watch Dogs - Easter Eggs

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.

Watch Dogs - Easter Eggs

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.

Watch Dogs - Easter Eggs

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.

Watch Dogs - Easter Eggs

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.

For more on Watch Dogs, take a look at these posts:

Watch Dogs – Open World Guide

Watch Dogs Review Roundup

Watch Dogs – ctOS Mobile App FAQ

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

Watch Dogs


Release date — May 27, 2014
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
the author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under Gary Steinman. She can now be found skulking around the UbiBlog, once more working for Gary. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis

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  1. ian chapman on June 2, 2014
    ctos 2.0 ????
    • aiden on June 22, 2014
      what is ctOS 2.0
      • Jacob on June 23, 2014
        Play the whole game to find out.
    • wewe124 on July 1, 2014
      To put it basicly its to set up the squel also deadsec is the main antaganistic group ect all this is in the credits
      • aiden on July 8, 2014
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  2. dominic on June 2, 2014
    What about lena's tombstone I may be wrong but didnt she die on October 26 2012 the same day AC3 began
  3. Peter on June 3, 2014
    In Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag: you can hack other Animi, Olivier goes to Chicago, I think in a server room I saw something about Blume Corporation. In Watch_Dogs: many links with Assassin's Creed. Lena died in October 26, 2012. Just few months before the solar flares and Desmond's death. Probably Abstergo and Blume had a collaboration in order to create the ctOS system :) Abstergo wants to see what the citizens does. This is was "a plan B".Maybe we'll have a surprize about Desmond in Watch_Dogs?
  4. Klikopedia on June 3, 2014
    They could have done more. Like Rebecca who does errands. Abstergo office. If Blume & Abstergo are indeed connected, why then not a meeting between Abstergo & Blume representatives. But this connection can still form in upcoming games. But till now it was Lucky Quinn who had everything in Chicago in his power. Dedsec & Erudito connected?
    • Klikopedia on June 3, 2014
      To refer back to W-D they can let do a DJ Preformance of "IAmDefalt" in actual day AC Unity.
      • adien on July 29, 2014
        defalt is a deadmua5 ester egg
  5. Ryan Redmond on June 3, 2014
    In the credits, when the listing for Alice Coopers song comes up, it says it was writen by Alice Cooper and Desmond Miles.
    • aiden on June 22, 2014
      but (i have not completed ac3 so pls dont b%*&H about it i dont konw the ending)in ac3 desmond saved the world but he died in the procces(did i get the ending right pls respond).
      • aiden on June 22, 2014
        so if this was after desmond shouldint be mentiond in the credits. desmond was locked up for a long time if it was before(dont complain about the beforepls).
  6. Josh on June 3, 2014
    What about all of the Slenderman graffiti in the alleyways
    • aiden on June 22, 2014
      yea slendey is'nt even ubisoft
  7. kingdomgio on June 3, 2014
    There are too much easter eggs, and some people play only to find them... this is ridiculous...
    • Slutty Mary on June 3, 2014
      Hrm.... they put it in the title of the article.. "Watch Dogs – Easter Eggs (*Spoiler Alert*)"If you then went on to read the article, you only have yourself to blame.
  8. Callum Poole on June 4, 2014
    So what are you guys thinking about CTos 2.0 which is 'coming in the new year'? If you watched through the credits at the end of Watch_Dogs, boy would you be as hyped as I am for a sequel!
    • aiden on June 22, 2014
      what is ctOS 2.0
  9. Welle on June 4, 2014
    I found bruce nolan from the jim carrey movie bruce almighty
  10. Mr.awesome on June 4, 2014
    The hack able box in the tunnel under bloom hq that leads to nothing... Or so it seems.
    • aiden on June 22, 2014
      oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh im so scared
  11. willacyr on June 5, 2014
    How about the 21 jumps street quote "you have the right to suck my Dick motherfucker" which is spoken by npc's when looking for bedbug in iraqs tower
  12. YoJunior on June 5, 2014
    Not sure if you want to call this an easter Egg, I run around and overhear normal everyday citizens. One in particular "What's going on with Chicago?....." It's a 300lb Afirican-American that sounds EXACTLY like Alan Alda. I swear that is his voice.
    • Neha on June 8, 2014
      Yes... Yes yes!! I agree 100% that it's his voice! I can't find confirmation tho. I also believe I have heard jimmy Fallon as a Blume employee.
  13. Logan on June 10, 2014
    What about the one in the bunker where the creepy kid teleports aroud it think its related to thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cldi7kvY8FQ
    • aiden on June 22, 2014
      dude pls just say the vid name so we can watch it
  14. DannyBoy2k on June 19, 2014
    One of the more interesting ones is in the smart phone. The 'Digital Trips' app has a very interesting icon...and even MORE so, if you turn it upside down. Looks sort of like a V...upside down, something like an Greek Alpha-letter...or the sign of a secret organisation with a history that reaches back at LEAST to the crusades...
  15. aiden on June 22, 2014
    when i was looking at wall's (i was hacking sombody) i saw hasta lavista baby on the wall and i thought hey i should put it on the internet then i saw the hasta lavista abstergo and i just had to comment. what is ctOS 2.0?
    • aiden on June 22, 2014
      pls tell me what ctOS 2.0 is pls and the _ before what is spoused to be a period.
  16. Anna on June 26, 2014
    Shaun Hastings? The clothing and face of one of the non-playable characters in the game looks very similar to 'Shaun Hastings' from the 'Assassin's Creed' series...
  17. Zeke on July 3, 2014
    I found and easter egg of my own in Watch_Dogs. If anybody reading this that's played or heard of a game called Ferinhight (i know i spelled it wrong) i found a npc named Lucas Kane. He is the main character from the game.
    • adien on July 29, 2014
      i know it ive played it
  18. PPSMRF on July 17, 2014
    There is more. I found an in game file in Assassin's Creed Black Flag while hacking one of the computers with a reference of ctOS being funded by Abstergo. Now, what could that mean? :)
    • adien on July 29, 2014
      i think it means that the animus (i probly spelled it wrong)is one part of the ctOS super computers.
  19. Jessica Robinson on August 7, 2014
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  21. Jockee707 on August 25, 2014
    A couple of weeks ago, me and my friend were playing WD and we got on a train and checked everyone's information (we may have killed those we didn't like). One of the persons we found was called Jaiden Pearceson. Quite obvious easter egg if you ask me.

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