To the surprise of absolutely no one, yet another Easter Egg has been found in The Division. Ubisoft Massive has done a great job filling the many streets of midtown Manhattan with Easter Eggs from all over the film industry, ensuring that The Division has nods to everything from Breaking Bad to Shaun of the Dead. Most of these references come in the form of holographic figures of citizens past, which allows Ubisoft to write in simple references by ways of name and descriptors.
Now, gamers have discovered the holographic representation of one of Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Farley’s most beloved characters, Matt Foley. Fans will remember Farley’s character as a boisterous motivational speaker brought in to speak to the kids of some concerned parents, resulting in the now-famous line, “Livin’ in a van down by the river!”. This is exactly what Ubisoft Massive remembered, too, and used that detail to pay homage to Chris Farley’s constantly-belt-adjusting character.
Here’s a look at the holographic representation in-game:
While there weren’t any huge references to David Spade or Christina Applegate (the two children that Farley’s character ‘motivated’) near the holograph aside of a drug reference in the Wright character somewhat seen in the above screenshot, we think the van down by river line itself delivers a sizable reference. Of course, given the pandemic that struck New York City followed by the absolute chaos that takes place in The Division, a van down by the Hudson River actually seems like an even worse place to live than it normally does. Anything for a waterfront property, right?
Chris Farley was one of the biggest comedians of the ’90s, and sadly passed away at the age of 33 back in 1997. His characters were often bold and loud, and he used a spectacular amount of physical humor for a man his size (that cartwheel on Letterman comes to mind). It’s nice to see a videogame studio honor his memory, much like Robin Williams getting a character in World of Warcraft after his death in 2014.
Of course, there’s plenty more Easter Eggs in The Division to go around. Aside of the previously mentioned encounters, gamers can find a reference to Batman, and the game even contains a blatant nod towards an upcoming Ubisoft titled called For Honor. We’re certain that eagle-eyed gamers will uncover more references in the future, especially when areas like Brooklyn become fully available.
What do you think about the nod to Chris Farley, Ranters?
Tom Clancy’s The Division is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.