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Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed Connection Proved at Last?

Brendan Griffiths
Action Games, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed Connection Proved at Last?

Not long after Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs, rumours and conspiracy theories began to float around that the game was going to be linked to the Assassin's Creed series, possibly even as a full entry to the series' canon.

While playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag earlier today, I stumbled across some evidence in the Abstergo offices (Ok, less 'stumbled' and more 'hacked') that directly links the two game brands together.

Outside of the pirate adventuring, your modern-day silent protagonist can hack fellow Abstergo employee's computers in between researching Kenway's adventures. One of the emails meant for Olivier, your boss, seems to be about setting up a meeting with a company about some new security operating software.

That company is none other than Blume and the name of the software, ctOS. The very same pairing of names that form the backbone of the story for the upcoming Watch Dogs. Take a look at the picture's I snapped using the PS4's screen-grab feature below, you can clearly see Blume and ctOS logos with the in-game Abstergo Entertainment filing information in the corner.

Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed Connection Proved at Last?

Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed Connection Proved at Last?

Here's a snippet of the email text, which detail's Blume's ctOS pitch:

"Why Now? Why Wait? Why Blume?

As the world's foremost innovator of high-tech, high-performance communications and security technology, BLUME stands poised to reshape the way we think about Information Security Architecture (ISA).

Specializing in everything from mobile technology, to home computing, to digital image processors, to networked security systems, we take great pride in the fact we helped create most of the markets we now dominate.

And nowhere is our expertise more apparent than in our flagship product, "ctOS" - a ground-breaking proprietary security-software operating system.

"So what is ctOS?

- CONFIDENTIAL: “Privacy is security.”

- INTEGRAL: “How did we ever do business without it?”

- ACCESSIBLE: “The touch of a button!”

- AVAILABLE: “We’re everywhere… all the time.”

- STABLE: “It just WORKS.”

Put simply, ctOS is the most stable and user-friendly software security-controller ever devised. Can ABSTERGO afford to pass up perfection?"

Much of Assassin's Creed IV's modern setting starts to connect with Watch Dogs on other levels too. You hear about Abstergo employees having business meetings in Chicago (the same city Watch Dogs is based in) and the fact that you never see who you're playing as even suggests that we could be in the shoes of Aiden Pierce, Watch Dogs' leading man. Kenway is searching for a Precursor artefact that allows the holder to know the whereabouts of any person on the planet, which sounds an awful lot like the mobile technology of ctOS too.

Before Watch Dogs was pushed back into next year, it always seemed odd that the two games were going to be released weeks apart, at such a competitive time of the year. Do Ubisoft want us to have had enough time to finish Black Flag first so Watch Dogs makes more sense? Or was the merging of the two brands a late decision that needed to more time to smoothly implement?

For now, we'll have to scour the documents unlocked in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and wait until next year for some concrete answers.  But how about it readers, have we convinced you yet?

Add a comment13 comments
Late  Dec. 11, 2013 at 16:29

Nice find - I'm convinced! :D

chieftex  Dec. 11, 2013 at 16:32

No spoilers! [Insert swearing]

X10  Dec. 11, 2013 at 18:00

Easter Egg maybe?

r3tract  Dec. 11, 2013 at 18:27

I think it's just an Easter Egg - a nod to Watch Dogs - rather than tieing the two stories together.

Sideras  Dec. 11, 2013 at 19:33

The stories don't have to be connected at all. The world however could be, this has been done before. I don't know the whole story but it was something about The Wire and X-Files being the same world/universe, because one of the characters in The Wire was in X-Files. So for the viewers it's not much more than an easter egg.
And then there's that whole thing with the Bladerunner universe being the same universe as Alien.

BrockDanger  Dec. 11, 2013 at 21:27

A key thing to consider is that this on pretty much the first computer you hack (pretty sure hacking it was a story objective while hacking most others is collectible hunting).

So they really meant people to see this, which makes this less easter egg more direct connection. But @Sideras is right, the two stories don't have to be connected, just could be same world.

ShaneBlume  Dec. 12, 2013 at 06:01

Because I said so!

FrostyPotatt  Dec. 12, 2013 at 15:37

This can be a small easter egg alluding to Watch Dogs.

In Hitman: Blood Money, you could find a newspaper about 2 psychopaths who committed some crime. A year or so later, Kane and Lynch: Dead Men was released. You could even find both of them again in Hitman: Absolution. Doesn't mean the games are tied, but developers do this all the time with their franchises.

I love it.

Baigran  Dec. 16, 2013 at 18:39

Sounds plausible, anyone figured out the QR code on one of the office posters? I tried scanning it but my phone wouldn't recognise it.

AideanPearce  Mar. 19, 2014 at 01:23

Oh crap, they found about me!Gotta kill oliver,-gunshot-!

richtofin819  May. 25, 2014 at 19:42

i really hope not i detest AC it gets way more credit than it deserves
i want watch dogs to be an entirely new ip
i don't mind if it is in the same universe just as long as watch dogs doesn't become AC

Demontwinkie  May. 30, 2014 at 21:43

Sounds plausible, anyone figured out the QR code on one of the office posters? I tried scanning it but my phone wouldn't recognise it.
I just completed watch dogs and in the news reports while driving the talk about mysterious qr codes appearing. Prolbably a coincidence though.

djdbbsbsw  Sep. 22, 2014 at 04:19

funny that the guy with the name from cod "detests" ac. you suck.

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