Watch Dogs: Legion appears to have a pretty intricate reference to one game from Ubisoft's catalog: Assassin's Creed Syndicate. There's a character in the latest Watch Dogs game that is actually a descendant of one of the protagonists of the London-based Assassin's Creed game.
The gameplay video from JorRaptor just below was where the reference to Assassin's Creed Syndicate was first noticed (and first reported on by VG247). Hovering over one of the playable characters in the new game called Sandra Cassidy, there's a snippet of text underneath the character name that reads "Searched for: 'Jacob Frye descendants.'"
Jacob Frye was one of the two playable protagonists of Assassin's Creed Syndicate (the other being his twin sister, Evie Frye). Syndicate released back in 2015, and saw the Frye twins tearing around London, in what was the final Assassin's Creed game released by Ubisoft in an annual cycle. The franchise would take a year off after the launch of Syndicate, returning with a full RPG makeover with Assassin's Creed Origins in 2017.
It's not just Sandra Cassidy that you'll be playing as in Watch Dogs: Legion. The game is engineered around recruiting and playing as anyone you see in the city of London, from a high-level corporate banker all the way to a construction worker. Each has varying abilities, personalities, and ways of tackling the same mission, and Mike's already found his favorite character in Nancy Choi.
Watch Dogs: Legion launches October 29 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Ubisoft has pledged a free next-gen upgrade for the Xbox Series X, for anyone who purchases the game on the Xbox One, and although the game is coming to the PS5, there's been no upgrade mentioned for Sony's console.
Outside of its newly-unveiled games though, Ubisoft has been caught up in multiple reports of toxic workplace culture and sexual harassment allegations over the past few weeks. Just over the weekend Ubisoft parted ways with three high-level executives, and CEO Yves Guillemot has pledged to investigate each report with the help of a third-party investigator.