The Assassin's Creed franchise has always delved deep into the weird and wonderful parts of the world's history when it comes to picking compelling locations for its flagship games. N0w, it looks like a leak in Ubisoft's The Division 2 is hinting at the next big direction for the franchise being Assassin's Creed vikings.
There were rumors after Assassin's Creed Odyssey and its reception that the title was actually going to be part of a larger trilogy that would focus on Ancient Greco-Roman settings and characters going forward. Now, all that could be thrown into disarray if this latest Easter Egg in a Ubisoft game proves that Assassin's Creed vikings are going to be making a presence instead of gladiators.
The Easter Egg was actually spotted by a YouTuber, JoRaptor, who's famous for his Assassin's Creed videos. JoRaptor pointed out in his video that The Division 2 has a specific location in-game, the Potomac Event Center, that is home to a bunch of posters featuring what looks like a figure that's holding a Piece of Eden—the Apple. This poster also prominently features the text "Valhalla," a reference to the Nordic hall of legend ruled over by Odin in the afterlife. This seems to suggest more than a passing connection to the fact that the next title is going to involve Assassin's Creed vikings instead of taking the series back to Rome.
Whether or not we're actually going to see Assassin's Creed vikings become a reality has not been confirmed or disproved by Ubisoft at this stage. While there have been reports from places like Kotaku which hint at the Scandinavian origins of the next title being confirmed by unnamed independent sources, the lack of rebuttal or agreement from the horse's mouth means that it's likely all speculation at this stage.
That being said, the armor of the mysterious figure with the apple hints at a period ripe with conflict, which is a pretty good summary of the way things ended up with the vikings and their invasion of Britannia. On top of that, it wouldn't be the first time that a Ubisoft Easter Egg in a game has actually eventuated in something in a later game; the teasers for the upcoming Watch Dogs 3's location contained in Watch Dogs 2 are a prime example of this.
Until there's been a statement from Ubisoft about whether or not Assassin's Creed vikings are real or just a figment of the imagination of fans who want more ship-based combat, there's no real way to know how it's going to shake out. The original rumors about the next Assassin's Creed going the way of Rome would make sense as the series has been trying to explore the roots of the Assassin-Templar conflict which predominantly occur in the Ancient Hellenic period, but only time will tell.