Like most open world games, Tom Clancy’s The Division is stuffed with Easter Eggs and clever pop culture references. See which Division Easter Eggs stand out the most.
One way that developers are able to make a large open world interesting is by hiding Easter Eggs for players to discover in it. The same rings true for the open world in Tom Clancy’s The Division, as the game features a number of Easter Eggs that reference a wide range of pop culture icons.
With The Division now having been out for over a month, it seems safe to say that most of the Easter Eggs, if not all of them, have been found by the game’s many dedicated players. We took a look at all of The Division Easter Eggs found so far and narrowed them down to what we perceive to be the 10 most interesting Easter Eggs that can be found in the game.
From Batman to Uncharted, these are the 10 best Easter Eggs that have been hidden in The Division:
Many of The Division‘s Easter Eggs are subtle compared to Easter Eggs found in other games. Take The Division‘s Batman Easter Egg, for example. It simply consists of a missing persons poster for someone named Joker Nicholson, a reference to Jack Nicholson taking on the iconic role of Batman’s archenemy The Joker in the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film. The poster also includes a nod to Heath Ledger’s interpretation of the Joker character, claiming that Joker Nicholson was known for uttering the phrase, “Why so serious?”
Fans of AMC’s Breaking Bad will be amused by this Division Easter Egg. By viewing an “echo” in the game (holographic representations of past events and people), players can see that characters named Jonathan Pinkman and William White were caught up in the chaos of virus-ridden Manhattan. This is an obvious nod to the characters Jesse Pinkman and Walter White from Breaking Bad, made even more clear by the description that states William was a chemistry teacher that once operated a car wash.
The late, great comedian Chris Farley was known for bringing the laughs in both his film appearances and as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. As it turns out, one of Farley’s most recognizable SNL characters, Matt Foley, is referenced directly in The Division. While he has been renamed to Victor Wright, there’s no mistaking that the “lives in a van down by the river” description of Victor is a reference to the famous Matt Foley sketch where he screamed at children that they were going to end up “living in a van down by the river!”
One of the more exciting games on Ubisoft’s upcoming slate of releases is the multiplayer-centric For Honor. Massive Entertainment recognized this, and decided to hide a For Honor poster in The Division‘s Firewall Safehouse. The Firewall Safehouse includes a number of other Ubisoft Easter Eggs as well – it’s actually supposed to be a re-purposed Ubi studio – including references to Grow Home, Raving Rabbids, and more.
I Am Legend
When one considers that I Am Legend and The Division are both set in versions of New York City that have been ravaged by a deadly virus (and in I Am Legend‘s case, also vampires), it makes sense that Massive Entertainment decided to reference it in the game. The Division‘s I Am Legend Easter Egg takes its inspiration from the 2007 Will Smith film adaptation, as players can meet Smith’s mannequin friend Fred in the game.
Shaun of the Dead
Besides the I Am Legend Easter Egg, The Division references another popular post-apocalyptic film with its Shaun of the Dead Easter Egg. More specifically, players can find an echo that shows a character named Shaun recreating a scene from the film, wherein he asks, “what’s the matter? Never taken a shortcut before?” before proceeding to unceremoniously smash into a fence.
Sons of Anarchy
Many games like to plaster Easter Eggs on billboards, and The Division is no different. The Division has many billboards, which are quite varied, but one board located between West 20th and West 21st Street is of particular note, as it contains a reference to the popular TV show Sons of Anarchy.
Even though The Division bears the “Tom Clancy” namesake, some would argue it doesn’t fit into the established canon of the other games in the franchise. However, The Division does have at least one connection to another Tom Clancy series, even though it is just an Easter Egg. As can be seen in the above image, a pair of Sam Fisher’s multi-vision goggles can be found on a cabinet in the player’s Base of Operations, though they’re a little hard to spot.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
With The Division taking place in New York City, it’s only fitting that it has some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Easter Eggs. The more thorough players will be able to find a number of pizza boxes littered around the city that have the turtles’ signature weapons lying on top of them. Unfortunately, the Easter Egg doesn’t extend beyond that, but we wouldn’t complain if a more substantial TMNT/Division crossover came to fruition, as unlikely as it may be.
According to an echo players can find in Murray Hill, Nate Dragon – a play on the name of protagonist Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series – was wanted for high-profile museum thefts before the virus ravaged the city. Unfortunately for Dragon, the echo lists his status as “deceased,” which could be a reference to the rumors that the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will see the death of Nathan Drake.
With The Division‘s season pass potentially adding new areas to the game, there’s a chance that Massive Entertainment will sneak even more Easter Eggs into virus-ridden New York City. There’s also a possibility that Division players have yet to find all of the Easter Eggs hidden away in the main game, so stay tuned for more Division Easter Egg discoveries.
Did we miss any good Division Easter Eggs in our list? Let us know in the comments below.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.