Even Ubisoft can't help taking a pop at politics as Assassin's Creed Odyssey drops a subtle reference to Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" into the latest game. The newest chapter in the long-running Assassin's Creed franchise may be set thousands of years before the current President of the United States took his seat at the Oval Office, but that hasn't stopped his influence making it into the game.
Heading back further in time than ever before, Assassin's Creed Odyssey charts the Peloponnesian War and takes players to the cut-throat plains of Ancient Greece. Despite the historical setting, Ubisoft has littered the game with modern Easter eggs including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Korok Seeds, a Black Panther-inspired waterfall fight, and even Sam Fisher's Splinter Cell goggles.
The "MAGA" reference can be found in the "A Venomous Encounter" quest where players are tasked with solving an attempted assassination on an Athenian politician (hat tip Assassins Bleed AC Walkthrough Cutscenes). After rescuing Metiochos from a room full of snakes, the mission involves tracking down the men responsible for the attack and bringing them to justice. It's all relatively straightforward and a little sleuthing will lead Alexios or Kassandra to the group.
With another one of Odyssey's tough choices to make, there are two options on how "A Venomous Encounter" should end. Granting the bandits their freedom is the honorable thing to do but means players will miss out on the Trump ending. Choosing to kill the leader of the bandits will trigger his grisly demise, but not before he defiantly declares, “We’ll never surrender to the likes of you. We will make Athens great again.”
Considering there is so much exploring to be done in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, it will take gamers a fair few hours to reach "A Venomous Encounter" in Chapter 4 of the game. Although there is no direct reference to the POTUS, the acronym "Make Athens Great Again" is a little too close to "Make America Great Again" to be a coincidence.
"Make America Great Again" has become one of the most memorable slogans in living memory, and whatever anyone thinks about Donald Trump, including him in a game as vast as Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a clever commentary on the current political climate. As well as commenting on politics, Ubisoft also managed to take a jab at EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II and microtransactions during Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
Video games tend to steer clear from too much meta self-referencing, but considering the premise of Assassin's Creed Odyssey is sending someone back in time using a spear, there is a little leeway here. With the wide world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey still being explored, more and more Easter eggs are appearing by the day. Who knows, maybe there is a nod to Frank Underwood from Netflix's House of Cards out there somewhere?