Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a cute Easter egg that references another big open-world game from Nintendo, and it is to everyone’s favorite Switch classic.
Game developers are also gamers themselves, so when they play a huge game that they love they’ll usually try and find a way to tip their hat to the game in their own work project. That’s what happened at Ubisoft during the development of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and it will surely happen with many games in the future. Maybe even games that Nintendo makes.
We have Kotaku to thank for turning us to this Easter egg in the latest Assassin’s Creed game, released just last Friday. The tiny reference is to everyone’s favorite Switch classic, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and its insufferable number of Korok Seeds that Link had to find.
In Pandora's Cove, just off the coast of Malis, is a tiny little islet that you can even swim to if you’re feeling adventurous, or you can take a boat to be efficient. On the beach is a small campfire left by some other traveler, but is now completely deserted.
This isn’t the reference though. The reference is after you climb a nearby cliff face after going up a small path. At the top of the cliff is a small circle of rocks and inside those rocks rests a small clay figurine with a leaf on its head.
The reference here is a pretty obvious plug to Zelda’s Korok seeds, which everyone surely loved hunting down in their ludicrously high volume. Ubisoft even included the partially completed stone ring where Link had to find a replacement in order to complete the puzzle.
That’s not the only Easter egg to be found in Odyssey. Ubisoft also included a reference to the recent movie phenomenon Black Panther by having a waterfall-side brawl. If you go to the southeastern island of Messara, there is a sync point called Gortyn Waterfall. Go to the sync point and you’ll find two dudes duking it out in a way that’s very reminiscent of how T’Challa and M'Baku fought for control of Wakanda.
Sure, the two guys aren’t mostly naked and fighting with spears and shields, and the people surrounding them are cheering rather than standing in solemn silence, but it’s basically the same thing.