Watch Dogs is filled with interesting Easter Eggs. One of these secrets pokes fun at fellow Ubisoft franchise Assassin's Creed.
In Watch Dogs, our hero Aiden Pearce can download video footage of a father and son playing Assassin's Creed together. Their conversation mocks one tradition of the series: the Assassin speaking with his targets right before they die. Here's the transcript of the conversation:
Father: "Why is he doing that?"
Son: "He's an assassin, Dad."
Father: "Well, I mean...why is he talking to that guy he just killed?"
Son: "It's a confession."
Father: "Well that, that's just dumb."
Son: "Dad, please. you're ruining it."
It's a fair point. After you've assassinated someone, it's a little strange to treat them like a kid you just tucked into bed. I typically botch any attempts at stealth and end up killing targets in broad daylight in front of their guard, so this behavior's even more unsafe. While this conversation's going on, I'm just yelling "Run, idiot, run!" at the television.
Development for Watch Dogs and the Assassin's Creed series are both led by Ubisoft Montreal. The Easter Egg is good-natured ribbing between colleagues. I wonder if we'll see a poke at Watch Dogs in Assassin's Creed Unity?
Ubisoft indicated in the past that Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed take place in the same universe. Other Easter Eggs throughout Watch Dogs bear out this point. For example, Watch Dogs players on Reddit have noticed some citizens of Chicago are affiliated with Abstergo, the villainous corporation in Assassin's Creed:
The Assassin's Creed games themselves even exist in Watch Dogs, though they're created by Abstergo rather than Ubisoft in that universe. You can see it on a shelf in the screenshot below:
There don't appear to be huge story connections between Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed, though. They're tied together solely by Easter Eggs. Trying to weld the greater storylines of the two franchises might be a little too complicated at this point.
Some players have already managed to get copies of Watch Dogs through legal and illegal means. Watch Dogs will officially launch in North America and Europe tomorrow so the amount of discovered Easter Eggs should ramp up dramatically in the days ahead.