Ubisoft is renowned for hiding lots of easter eggs in their games. They have a huge catalog, so unsurprisingly, their favorite type of easter eggs are the ones that reference their own games. Watch Dogs 2 is packed with such references and we are here to reveal the best of them for you.
However, it would be unfair not to include a few other easter eggs that reference universally praised games and movies, so there are a few of those that you will enjoy seeing here as well. We’re not going to reveal them just yet, so let’s begin with the obvious ones.
Watch Dogs (Aiden Pearce)
The protagonist of the first Watch Dogs returns in the sequel, but only in a small cameo that is a part of the “Shadows” side mission. This quest requires you to help Aiden Pearce who arrives at San Francisco to deal with the members of Bratva.
You will learn about the meeting of Auntie Shu Boys and Bratva from one of the informants in the city. Then, you need to find a secret place of meeting, which turns out to be a bunker under the highway. You need to get inside and hack your way into the system.
Aiden Pearce seems to be in a trouble and you need to locate his cell in order to help him get out of there. The mission is really short, but it’s worth for that sweet cameo and an achievement.
Another side quest in Watch Dogs 2, titled “Infected Bytes,” requires you to track down phones that are infected with the Zombi2 virus. This is a reference to the Wii U game by Ubisoft -- ZombiU. And, it is a possible hint on the upcoming sequel of this exclusive horror game that has been eventually ported to Xbox One and PS4.
In order to locate the source of the Zombi2 malware you need to hack into the infected phones. As a result, you will find the source of the virus near the underpass in a street alley.
Another theory suggests that it could also be the reference to an old Italian Horror movie -- Zombi 2 (1979). It was a low budget horror flick that quickly gained the status of a cult classic among the fans of the genre. If you’ve never heard about the movie, then check out the trailer.
Apart from a huge poster of Assassin’s Creed hanging on the Ubisoft building in Watch Dogs 2, you can stumble upon a character at the Stanford University that works for Ubisoft. If you come closer and hack into his phone, you will hear an interesting conversation.
The person of interest is being accused for leaking information about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game. He is also reminded about the incident with the Assassin’s Creed: Unity leak. This is a really cool easter egg, and it looks like Ubisoft decided to break the fourth wall a little bit harder this time around.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
It’s a really tiny easter egg, but you can find it while doing the “Haum Sweet Haum” mission. You’ll be doing a lot of hacking in this quest, so you will come across HAUM systems computers. If you hack into one of them and check for installed software, you will see the icon for Tom Clancy’s The Division.
It was an obvious choice for developers to include this reference in Watch Dogs 2, as they did the same with The Division. That game is just as full of Ubisoft-related easter eggs as this one.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
This is a really easy easter egg to spot. You need to go to Gary’s Games & Glory shop and head down the corridor at the back that leads into the basement. Inside the basement you will find an arcade machine with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Actually, you could find the same easter egg in the first Watch Dogs, and it also was an arcade machine. Unfortunately, the machine is not active, so you won’t be able to play Blood Dragon. But you can always buy the game from Ubisoft and play it separately. It’s a great game!
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
In the course of the game you will get the chance to prank an internet troll and streamer who happens to play Rainbow Six: Siege on his computer. Hack into his system and call 911 to provoke a false shooting scenario, thus making an emergency lady to call an entire SWAT to get the internet troll.
This is probably one of the coolest easter eggs in Watch Dogs 2. It’s fun to see how a game can turn into reality in just a glimpse of an eye for somebody who doesn’t respect others. This quest is both highly entertaining and satisfying.
In the beginning of Watch Dogs 2 you can hear Sitara mentioning a “Secret Cow Level” over the radio. For the uninitiated ones -- the “Secret Cow Level” is a reference to Diablo II. It is a location that was renowned for a huge number of Hell Bovines (cows with polearms) that allowed for an easy level up.
You could also fight the Cow King as the boss of the “Secret Cow Level.” However, later on Blizzard changed the purpose of the location and it couldn’t be used for an easy grind anymore. Now, why would Sitara mention it in the Watch Dogs 2? This question still remains a mystery.
Going back to the “Haum Sweet Haum” mission. One of the objects that you need to hack is the building guarded by some weird-looking robots. Not that they are ultra-modern, on the contrary, they resemble the Daleks from Dr. Who.
However, the existence of the mysterious robots gets unveiled after a little bit of hacking. It turns out that the robots are named after the ghosts from the Pac-Man -- Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde. When you learn their names, they actually start to resemble those pesky ghosts.
Short Circuit 2
Here is a movie easter egg for you, the one that has been a childhood favorite for so many of us -- Short Circuit 2. When you do one of the driving missions, titled “Johnny, Where R U?,” you’ll be given a task to find a missing robot.
As soon as you arrive at the robot’s location, you can hear a song about the Los Locos. This is a direct reference to the song from the Short Circuit 2 movie. If you’ve never seen it before, watch it below:
There are a number of unique vehicles in Watch Dogs 2. Now, if you got to Oakland, you will be able to find a unique Jeep behind the Lakeside Park at the enclosed parking area. This Jeep looks suspiciously similar to the Jeep from Jurassic Park.
However, instead of the familiar Jurassic Park logo you will see a DedSec one. Fortunately, the easter egg is there, but instead of the visual identity you should be looking for an audio -- just honk the horn and you will hear the dinosaur’s roar. That’s how you know that this Jeep is actually the Jurassic Park easter egg.
All Ubisoft Games
Apparently, the developers got tired of hiding separate easter eggs to all their games, so they decided to deal with this matter all at once. The very first pawn shop in Watch Dogs 2 - Papa B’s Pawn - has a huge selection of discs behind the counter.
If you come closer, you will see the titles of all the Ubisoft games there, such as Splinter Cell, Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and even Just Dance. Anyway, Ubisoft should not stop putting easter eggs inside their games because they are simply too much fun to look out for.
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