Assassin’s Creed: Origins: Assassin’s Creed & Watch Dogs play in the same universe
Fans have long suspected that there are connections between Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed. Now, a new Easter Egg from Assassin’s Creed: Origins has brought back the fan theories.
Rumors and theories have been around for some time that Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs, the two big Ubisoft franchises, actually exist in the same video game universe. A new Easter Egg in Assassin’s Creed: Origins seems to confirm that. Those who do not want to read spoilers for the new assassin adventure should now show discipline and close the window.
As Kotaku reports, in the present-day sections of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, there is a fairly clear indication of Watch Dogs. The ancient Egyptian adventures of Bayek are witnessed by Abstergo collaborator Layla Hassan, who has retreated to the tombs of Bayek and Aya with an animus and laptop. While we play Layla, we can browse her laptop and read a lot of e-mails, photos and chats.
On the laptop, there are also references to Olivier Garneau, who is already dead during the events of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Garneau was the CCO of Abstergo Entertainment, the video game offshoot of the Templar organization, which we were already allowed to visit in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. At that time, we learned that Garneau occasionally made professional trips to Chicago.
On Layla’s laptop, we can now learn that Garneau is now dead and was murdered in Chicago. There is even footage of surveillance cameras showing the murder. If we consider that Chicago is also the setting of the first Watch Dogs part, the killer showed quite clearly reminds of a very specific character: Aiden Pearce, the protagonist of Watch Dogs.
This is not the first time that clear links have been found between Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed. In the meantime, we know that the security company BLUME from Watch Dogs is subordinate to the Templar company Abstergo. But this is the first time that the main character from Watch Dogs appears in Assassin’s Creed.