Those who have been fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise for a long time are aware by now of just how many pop culture references and easter eggs are present in each game. Every game in the series has at least one unexpected reference to other popular franchises, including Batman and Harry Potter.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is Ubisoft’s newest iteration, and even though it hasn’t even been a month yet since it’s release, fans are already picking it apart for easter eggs.
Unsurprisingly, fans have already discovered several interesting references in this latest installment, including The Lord of the Rings, Robin Hood, and yet another Harry Potter reference in the form of a manuscript that has the title “Fantastic Fishes And Where To Find Them.”
These easter eggs are usually found by those players who enjoy exploring every nook and cranny of the game. Those who are too focused on completing the game’s main mission usually miss out on these fun little tributes.
It may cause you to spend hours and hours just exploring the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but it’s definitely worth it once you do find these hidden treasures.
That being said, the most recent discovery has to do with in-game characters who presumably participated in Valhalla’s version of Dungeons & Dragons. Twitch streamer Jambo discovered this little reference and excitedly shared it on her Twitter.
According to Jambo, there’s an area in Wessex that shows evidence that in-game characters once played the popular tabletop RPG there. The evidence in question comes in the form of four character sheets for a game called “Prisons & Pyewackets.”
The characters in the sheet are a druid, a warlock, an archer, and a “bearserker.” To make it even more obvious that the characters were playing Dungeons & Dragons, left behind in the area are small dice trays which were used to play the game.
Jambo seemed pretty excited about these little details, and we can understand why. There’s definitely something thrilling about finding in-game references that makes the game even more interesting and enjoyable to play.
Without a doubt, discovering what appears to be an insignificant detail at first in an expansive game like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is definitely rewarding, and we can imagine that this is what Jambo felt too.
People love video games and their easter eggs not only because they make the game more immersive, but they help players escape the real world. However, it’s not entirely uncommon for some easter eggs to make real-world references too.
In this case, one of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s easter eggs made a reference to the coronavirus pandemic that changed our lives this year. More specifically, the reference was found in one letter from Layla Hassan, where she writes: “I don’t have Covid, no. And I’m well isolated.” She then clarifies that there’s three of them traveling together at that time, but they’ve made it a point to say “out of sight.”
It’s a definitely jarring reality slap, but it’s interesting to think how COVID-19 has altered our lives in such a significant way that even video game characters are talking about it.