“Tom Clancy’s The Division” is a fast-paced video game where the player takes control of an agent attempting to restore peace to the Manhattan borough of New York after a plague. Trying to find better loot to survive in the harsh city, shooting enemies and establishing a base of operations tend to preoccupy most players, but a few intrepid agents have stumbled on several Easter eggs in “The Division.”
Throughout Manhattan, players can find references to “Breaking Bad,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and other popular-culture touchstones.
Some of these secrets may be considered spoilers by players looking to experience “The Division” without hints or updates about what to expect in missions or additional content in the game. None of the Easter eggs found so far affect the story, but they do highlight some of the developers’ interests.
“The Division” subreddit has been an excellent source of information about the game’s secrets. It turns out the missing person posters throughout Manhattan are the best places to hide pop-culture references because of the small font sizes on them. One Reddit user found a “Rick and Morty” reference in one of the posters as the missing person was last heard screaming, “Wubba lubba dub dub,” Rick’s catchphrase on the animated television series on Adult Swim.
Tom Clancy, the deceased author who sold the rights to his name to Ubisoft for use in its games, is also mentioned on the missing person posters. Thom Clancy is missing in the game, but the poster notes the “h” is silent. Meanwhile, Jokar Nicholson was known to say, “Why so serious,” according to another missing person poster. There’s also a Shia LaBeouf reference.
One Reddit user found a “Breaking Bad” reference in an ECHO, a holograph created from mined data in the game. In the ECHO, a Jonathan Pinkman and William White are visible. There is a slight spoiler to show, but the description for White includes his occupation as a chemistry teacher and car wash operator.
There are also visual gags for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” that include a pair of nunchucks and a box of pizza, as well as a “Shaun of the Dead” reference in another ECHO. Fans of British comedies will note developers have sneaked a “Mr. Bean” reference into the game.
Players can also find references to Ubisoft and some of its games. There’s a pair of goggles that are reminiscent of “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell,” while another character model looks like Aiden from “Watch Dogs.” Ubisoft Manhattan is also accessible within the game. Sadly, the “Ghostbusters” firehouse is too far south in the city to be included in “The Division,” but a future update could add more locations and references.