The Assassin’s Creed series has delighted curious players with all sorts of Easter eggs before. Last but not least, this is due to the fact that the action of each game takes place in an open world, where the player can spend hours exploring virtual spaces. Each such world is a great place to hide a dozen or two secrets and references to popular culture, which the developers successfully did throughout the series.
Let’s see what Easter eggs can and should be found in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.
Hideo Kojima’s latest game, Death Stranding, turned out to be a strange, but in its own way, beautiful brainchild of his creative genius. And although not everyone liked the fact that in terms of gameplay this brainchild essentially turned out to be a postman simulator, the game attracted considerable interest and will not be forgotten soon.
In the village that Eivor watches over, the character is often asked to do something. For a local shop, you need to complete orders for the delivery of parcels, and each of the items is heavy, and you have to carry it far and exclusively on your own two feet. Without a doubt, this is a reference to Kojima’s game and what absurd things it forces players to do.
Not all Easter eggs are lucky enough to be convoluted – some of them are nothing more than a funny play on words, hidden somewhere in the description of a quest, side mission or reward.
In Ravensthorpe, Eivor can take on a quest to find the 11 missing pages from the book, and if they can be found and returned, then as a reward you can buy the Fantastic Fish and Where to Find Them manual. This is a clear reference to the new Harry Potter spin-off called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rapunzel has never been the most popular Disney princess, and it was only thanks to the animated feature of the same name that she finally acquired the number of fans befitting her status. This is because the idea of a princess imprisoned in a tower has existed in high fantasy for a very long time, and few people managed to realize it in a fresh and unhackneyed form.
AC: Valhalla decided to joke about this topic. Near the ruins of the city of Venonia, in Ledecestershire, you can find a tower in which a woman pleads for help. If you defeat the guard standing next to the tower, the woman will explain why she was locked up there.
Howard Lovecraft is one of the great masters of the horror genre, having a great influence on the popularity of the subgenre that describes the gradual descent of the hero into insanity. There is a reference to this creativity in the game.
In a secret prison cell in Dunwick, you can find a letter where a man talks about his descent into madness. It mentions that he began to hear talking spiders, and Lovecraft’s book The Dunwich Horror describes a monster resembling a spider. The similarity in the names of the locations finally makes it clear that this is not just a coincidence.
Ring of Power
There are several references to the Lord of the Rings in AC: Valhalla, one of which we will mention later. But for now, let’s focus on the one that is in a locked house in the west of Gloucestershire. After obtaining the key to the front door (the Eye of Odin will come in handy here) and once inside, you will see a note that says about someone suspiciously like Bilbo Baggins. Nearby there is even a shiny gold ring of a familiar shape, but it is impossible to pick it up – however, this is perhaps for the best.
Since the release of AC: Valhalla took place after the whole world learned the new word “COVID-19”, it is not surprising that the mention of this infection got into the game. Luckily, you won’t be able to stumble upon him while playing as Eivor – after all, that would be pretty out of place. But if, in the part of the game that takes place in our time, you dig into the laptop of the main character Layla, you can find emails with various references, including letters that mention the coronavirus pandemic.
The video game industry is full of talented people who are into fictional worlds, be it high fantasy, sci-fi or whatever. So it’s not surprising that many big budget games often feature easter eggs that refer to the Alien or Lord of the Rings universes, and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is one of those games too.
To the west of the city of Gloucester, in Gloucestershire, near the river, you can find another reference to the Tolkien universe: a cozy secluded settlement, very reminiscent of Hobbiton, the homeland of Sam and Frodo.
Tyrion Sky Chamber
Although the days of the wildly popular Game of Thrones are behind us, the series and books will be remembered and loved for a long time to come. So the developers of AC: Valhalla were not indifferent to this universe and decided to perpetuate an important moment from the biography of the beloved character Tyrion Lannister.
In the fortress of Dunwick, in eastern England, you can find a cell without one wall, similar to the one where Tyrion was once held in custody. There is also a note with a line that the character said in the series. However, judging by the blood stains on the floor, the local analogue of the charismatic dwarf did not wait for release.
Perhaps the aggressive bloodthirsty chickens that live there are to blame. This is another reference, this time to The Legend of Zelda series, where the birds actively hit back the player with the entire brood if he decided to exercise combat skills on one of them.
Campfire from Dark Souls
FromSoftware’s Dark Souls trilogy has gained such popularity that for many, these two words have become the first association with the word “hardcore”. And where there is popularity, there are references in other games, including AC: Valhalla, where you can find a very familiar looking campfire.
Someone may argue that the reference in the form of a fire is already a beaten topic, and there is nothing interesting here, but the developers at least tried to make the place feel sinister. If you want to see the bonfire for yourself, head to Ledecestershire and look for the ruins of an old building to the east of the letters indicating the name of the region on the map.
If you ask Assasin’s Creed fans how they feel about separating the game’s story into past and present, you’ll hear different opinions. Some say that those segments where the action takes place in modern times are inappropriate and inconsistent, while others, on the contrary, consider them important for revealing the lore of the game.
Among the protagonists of the modern history of the brotherhood of assassins, Desmond Miles is perhaps the most loved by fans – all because of his connection with Ezzio, the series’ most significant assassin. Modern AC: Valhalla protagonist Layla has an audio recording of Miles’ voice in his laptop – not a particularly big secret, but at the same time, it’s sort of Desmond’s return to the series.
A source: thegamer.com