We love spotting easter eggs in games, but we love it even more when we suddenly realise that all those little hints and references and easter eggs have been building up to something.
Something big, like the fact that we’ve been in this universe before, when we were playing another game entirely.
So let’s take a look at a selection of seemingly unrelated games which are secretly set in the same universe. Did you know about any of these before?
1. Wolfenstein and Doom
The key here is B. J. Blazkowicz, main protagonist of much of the Wolfenstein series. His role in Wolfenstein RPG (yes, that’s the one where you kick mutant chickens in an alternate timeline, but hear us out) culminates in him taking down the Cyberdemon from Doom, and it’s hinted that one of his descendants grows up to be none other than… the Doom Slayer.
2. Portal and Half-Life
You might have spotted the odd Black Mesa sign hanging up around the Aperture Science Laboratories, but there’s much more to the relation between Half-Life and Portal. Black Mesa and Aperture Science were reportedly rival corporations competing for funding, until one day Aperture Science’s research vessel, the Borealis, as well as part of its dry dock, disappeared entirely and reappeared in the Arctic for Half-Life’s Resistance operative Judith Mossman to find.
3. Apex Legends and Titanfall
It’s official – Respawn Entertainment confirmed that Apex Legends is set in the Titanfall universe, about thirty years on from the events of Titanfall 2. Originally, the game was set to include Titanfall staples like wall-running and Titans – but they didn’t work well with the battle royale genre, so they were scrapped. Maybe we’ll see them again in a future season?
4. Bomberman and Lode Runner
If you complete the NES version of Bomberman, you’ll discover that the eponymous hero is a robot who is trapped in a strange underground complex. Robots that reach the surface reputedly turn into humans, and that’s what happens to the eponymous hero, who transforms into the Lode Runner.
5. Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed
Keep your eyes peeled for references to an Abstergo employee named Olivier Garneau. He appears in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and travels to Chicago before vanishing. Strangely enough, Chicago is where Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce takes out a certain target, also by the name of Olivier Garneau. You can even watch the footage of his murder in Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Coincidence? We think not!
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