There's A Fictional Ubisoft Studio Easter Egg Hidden In 'The Division'


Ubisoft is one of the biggest video game publishers in the world, with multiple studios and subsidiaries around the world - and, according to The Division, Ubisoft has opened up a brand-new studio in the heart of New York City.

Sadly, it looks like Ubisoft New York was doomed from the start: by the time players find the publisher's studio in The Division, it's been converted into one of the many Safe Zones scattered around Manhattan. It's got all of the usual accouterments that Agents will be used to - a vendor, a Restock Crate, players stashes - but there's also quite a bit left over from the studio's days as a game developer.

Of course, if you want to see The Division's most meta Easter egg, you'll need to actually find the refurbished studio first. New players will probably want to wait a bit before they go searching: Ubisoft's New York studio is part of the 'Firewall' Safe Zone, located in the middle of the Turtle Bay district. Enemies here start at Level 27 - but, if you're strong enough to make it through the neighborhood, you shouldn't have any trouble finding it:

Is it really an Easter egg if it's plastered across the wall?

As with many of The Division's run-down environments, the Firewall Safe Zone is incredibly detailed: dead computers line the walls, supply crates line the walls and the kids have their own sectioned-off play area. Again, it's full of the standard vendors and chests, but Ubisoft also did a fantastic job of making Firewall look like an actual development studio-turned-save haven - even if it's a little on the small side.

Once past the giant Ubisoft banner, the first thing players will notice are the numerous Grow Home murals throughout the studio. There are quite a few of them, but their presence makes sense: Ubisoft Reflections, the studio behind the indie puzzle game, also shared development duties on The Division.

Grow Home isn't the only game featured in Ubisoft's fictional office: a poster featuring the studio's upcoming multiplayer game For Honor can be found along one of the back walls. It's nothing particularly new or complex - the artwork in question was revealed back at E3 2015 - but it's a good reminder that there's another new Ubisoft franchise due out in the near future.

There's one last thing - towards the back of the studio, there's whiteboard with a message concerning a November deadline...which sounds a lot like The Division's original release date.

Even fictional video game developers can't catch a break.

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