Many of these hidden gems are particularly rewarding if you’ve played other instalments in the series, and if you’re attached to regularly reoccurring characters.
Some of these are blink-and-you-miss-it moments that can easily go unnoticed, so here’s a list of some Assassin’s Creed Syndicate secrets you might not have spotted.
Be warned, though, this list contains spoilers for several Assassin’s Creed games.
A fixture of the Assassin’s Creed games is jumping between the modern day and historical periods.
In some scenes in Syndicate, we get to watch computer screens showing camera footage from unmanned drones hovering around near important characters. A look at the top right hand display will show that these drones are named Desmond, Hannah and Lucy – all of which are names of characters from previous games in the Assassin’s Creed series.
Desmond the Dog
Another reference to poor old Desmond from earlier Assassin’s Creed games – at one point in Syndicate you come across an adorable little dog in a bag, who’s named after everyone’s favorite time travelling assassin hero.
This can also be seen by checking out the list of characters in the encyclopedia, where a little more details are given.
In Whitechapel, it’s possible to discover a shop called Todd’s Pies. This is a reference to the popular Victorian horror story Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who according to the urban myth, used to kill his barber shop customers and bake them into meat pies to sell in the store next door.
Ezio and Edward Kenway Posters
In the Alhambra theatre, it’s possible to spot a few different posters which reference previous heroes from other Assassin’s Creed games.
There’s a large poster entitled Ezio, which features a man and a woman in a romantic pose – the man bears more than a passing resemblance to the lead character in Assassin’s Creed II, who’s named Ezio Auditore. So, this reference is hardly subtle – but it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking out for it.
Similarly, the theatre also has a poster showing a group of pirates – this one’s not as brazen to plaster the character’s name across the bottom (it reads ‘Ballad of the Buckaneers’ instead), but it’s pretty clear that one of the pirates in the poster is none other than Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag protagonist Edward Kenway.
More Edward Kenway Goodness
If you were a fan of the pirate assassin, good news: there’s more than a passing reference to him. Part of Evie Frye’s story involves taking a trip to Kenway’s London mansion in order to search for clues – bizarrely, the house has fallen into the hands of the Templars, so it involves a bit of sneaking around, but it’s full of memorabilia from Assassin’s Creed IV.
Playing a sea shanty from Black Flag on a grand piano opens up a secret vault full of piratey goodness, which will make fans of the earlier game smile.
This adventure obviously isn’t very hidden, but little touches about Kenway’s house are fun for Assassin’s Creed fans who miss having their own pirate ship.
The War At Home
One final secret that needs to be pointed out: it’s not an Easter Egg per se, but it’s without a doubt the biggest secret that’s hidden in the game (or any Assassin’s Creed game, or possible any game released this year) which players should be aware of if they’re looking to get the most out of the game. This is an uber-spoiler, so if you don’t want to know more, stop reading and go play the game.
Still here? Okay, here we go.
Towards the end of the game, a mysterious symbol will appear on your map. Heading to that area will cause a glitch, which leaps you forward into another time period entirely, and into the body of a completely different assassin named Lydia Frye – presumably a descendant of one of the Frye twins.
Fantastically, there’s a fairly sizeable hidden level here which is set in World War I era London. It’s like a mini Assassin’s Creed game within another Assassin’s Creed game, and it’s super fun.
Clearly, players are meant to find this hidden area, as it’s not hugely guarded, but the fact that it exists at all is pretty special – ordinarily, games studios would like to call attention to stuff like this in their promotional materials.
So, those were five fun Easter Eggs for those looking for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate secrets and hidden references – whether you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, Victorian horror stories or World War I suffragettes, there’s something here for everyone.
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