Being a developer is hard work, but hiding Easter eggs has to be one of the most fun parts of the job. Here are seven video games that had well-hidden gaming Easter eggs that hinted towards sequels or prequels.
7 Gaming Easter Eggs Hinted at Sequels and Nobody Realized
Assassin’s Creed IV
The fourth installment of Assassin’s Creed was a gold mine for possible sequels in the franchise at the time. Within the contents of an in-game email, prominent prominent character Desmond Mile’s ancestry is detailed and sorted by century and location.
This substantial Easter egg is listed here first, because not only was The French Revolution listed, but also Egypt. Both locations were featured in future Assassin’s Creed games, Unity and Origins, which confirms the Easter Egg’s validity. More interestingly is the fact that numerous locations and time periods featured in this email have yet to be explored by the franchise.
Pokemon X and Y
Pokemon X and Y were the first titles to launch on the 3DS, making them a historical release for the franchise. However, Game Freak was not shy about making future plans for the series, and even covertly teasing them through the use of Easter eggs in Pokemon X and Y.
With two generations of remakes behind them, fan speculation about the possibility of a return to Hoenn was fervent. Many of the players who grew up playing Generation III were now at the key nostalgic age which made a remake commercially viable.
Eagle eyed fans may have caught some subtle references to Hoenn through the NPCs in the Kalos region. One specific NPC revealed that their first date was at the Oceanic Museum in Slateport City, an iconic location in Hoenn. Once the remakes of Ruby and Sapphire were officially announced, it became apparent that all the references to Generation III actually meant something in the grand scheme of things.
Gamefreak loves their Easter eggs. Another more recent Pokemon title makes its way onto this list because of its multiple and varied references to Kanto. These turned out to all be relevant due to Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee being announced as Kanto remakes. Beyond the various Alolan forms of Kanto Pokemon that will be making a reappearance in Let’s Go, there are more subtle nods to the Kanto region of Generation I that can only be classified as hidden Easter eggs. Within the Game Freak office in Heahea City, a slightly hidden room can be found in one of the buildings that is designed to be Game Freak’s office.
This is an Easter egg in and of itself, but upon further inspection of the NPCs, one will quiz you on “which color you would choose.” The options are Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. These are the quite obviously the Generation 1 name variants. Upon choosing the option “yellow,” the Game Freak developer will imitate Pikachu. Subtle Kanto Easter eggs such as the one found in the Game Freak office were hard to track down, which kept casual fans of the series in the dark until the official announcement of Kanto Remakes in the form of Let’s Go, but gave some speculation fuel to the more hardcore audience who were aware of the storied history of the Pokemon series.
Batman Arkham Asylum
In the standout title Arkham Asylum, the blueprints of the future Arkham City can be found within the game. At the time it was unknown what this reference meant, but upon the announcement of Arkham City, it became clear that Rocksteady was ready for the long haul with the Arkham series. In an interview with game informer, lead narrative designer at Rocksteady, Paul Crocker said, “While building Batman: Arkham Asylum, we placed a number of ‘hooks’ into the game that tie into the ‘Arkham-Verse’.” The room was hid well, and many did not understand its contents until the sequel’s reveal.
Batman Arkham City
Continuing the trend they established in Asylum; an Easter egg was placed in Arkham City that ended up taking three years to uncover. This Easter egg was trickier to discover than Asylum’s. It required fiddling with date and time settings on your console. By setting the date to December 13, 2004, (the date Rocksteady was founded,) a monologue will trigger from Calendar Man who claimed the end of days was near. This turned out to be a reference to Arkham Knight, as Calendar Man’s hideout can be found where he expresses regret that Scarecrow’s Halloween attack thwarted his plans to kill Batman.
Kingdom Hearts II
The final entry to this list of Easter eggs comes from the secret ending to Kingdom Hearts II. While this ended up confirming a prequel rather than a sequel, it was thought to have been a confirmation of the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III at the time of discovery.
To unlock this secret ending, players were required to beat the game on the hardest difficulty and also complete a vast majority of the games optional content to reveal the secret ending. It was theorized that the third game would center on a keyblade war, but instead it ended up serving as a prequel to the first installment in the series, and expanded upon the origin of the series’ overarching antagonist, Master Xehanort. What did you think of our list? Are there any Easter eggs we might have missed? Let us know in the comments below and stay on the lookout for these hidden game teasers.
Assassin's Creed IV
Both locations were featured in future Assassin's Creed games, Unity and Origins, which confirms the Easter egg's validity. More interestingly is the fact that numerous locations and time periods featured in this email have yet to be explored by the franchise.