Who doesn't love a good Easter Egg? Whether it's in films or video games, you can find a decent Easter Egg article or video somewhere on the Internet involving a well known franchise. Ubisoft is no exception to this by providing fun little clues in both their Assassin's Creed and Watch_Dogs games. However, I stumbled upon this little gem by pure accident and may not have noticed it had I not played Watch_Dogs before Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Before we get into it, I just want to get something out of the way:
[Warning: Spoilers from Watch_Dogs and various Assassin's Creed games.]
The Easter Egg is quite simple: Blume exists within the same world as Abstergo. In fact, in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, one of the computers you hack contains a message from Blume to Abstergo offering their security services. This becomes extremely ironic in Assassin's Creed: Rogue when Abstergo suffers a power outage after having their systems hacked by you in the previous game. Add to it some friends of Desmond managed to get into Abstergo and sway an intern (you) into doing their bidding. None of this would have happened with ctOS looking out for the CEOs at Abstergo. The theory is where things start to get complicated.
Abstergo Powered By Blume to Catch Assassin Hackers?
On the surface, this probably sounds extremely far-fetched. However, keep in mind that in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, you were tasked with the equivalent of hacking computer terminals within the Abstergo facility. Add to it Assassin's Creed III had segments that involved Desmond doing "Assassin" parkour. Granted the stunts weren't like what we saw in Watch_Dogs, but the foundation is there for an alliance between Dedsec and the Assassins once the Templars join up with Blume Corporation.
ctOS was created to increase the amount of surveillance in cities. The Templars could easily use this to their advantage to keep tabs on the movements of the Assassins better especially after the incidents involving data being stolen and a blackout in the same facility in a matter of months. I know that Abstergo is set up in Montreal and Blume had its headquarters in Chicago, but ctOS has spread like wildfire. The new game is set in San Francisco; however, Abstergo has likely expanded across the US and then some.
The best course of action would most likely be someone from Dedsec getting recruited by Shaun or Rebecca into the Assassin Order. A member of Dedsec would already be focused on taking down Blume and any corporation seeking to profit from ctOS - that includes Abstergo. Abstergo already profits from the "virtual reality" games they put out and ctOS would help them better track down assassins and enemies of Blume. As we know from the events of Assassins Creed III, the Templars have some operatives trained to combat assassins, so they could easily eliminate Dedsec operatives using more physical means. Dedsec would not be prepared for this kind of an attack and an alarming drop in hackers would be something they'd notice.
How This Fits Into Watch_Dogs 2's Narrative
Watch_Dogs 2 is set some time after the events of Watch_Dogs meaning ctOS has had time to spread and Blume has grown as a corporation. It's likely that they've learned from the actions taken by Aiden and Dedsec the last time and have modified ctOS 2.0 to have more defenses against hackers. Obviously, the increasing draw of Dedsec will be of a concern to Blume, so they'll want help. Abstergo is trying to expand their VR games in the hopes of finding more assassins with more ancestral memories and artifacts to be discovered. In working with Blume to take down hackers and further implement ctOS to spy on assassins, Dedsec will likely form an alliance with the Assassins Order. This will most likely not be a huge part of Watch_Dogs 2 because they're still fleshing out the world, but the groundwork will most likely be laid either in a few small missions or a DLC story add-on.
It's important to note that there will be no new Assassin's Creed games this year. Assassin's Creed Chronicles got a full release on Xbox One and PS4 in February, but there will not be a new installment this fall. That could be because of Ubisoft's focus of resources on Watch_Dogs 2, but I think it's to get a better hold on the story they're using to unite the franchises. Fans were somewhat disappointed with Assassin's Creed Unity and I believe Assassin's Creed Syndicate didn't perform too much better, so it's important for Ubisoft to find a way to revive the franchise. I believe connecting it to Watch_Dogs would create an interesting hybrid that can renew the interest in Assassin's Creed while boosting Watch_Dogs.