No./3 READY THE EASTER EGGS!

Empire (UK) - - TAKE 20 - DAN JOLIN

With novel Ready Player Two on its way and a film surely to fol­low, we pre­dict 2020-flavoured popculture ref­er­ences we might see in the Oa­sis

AN­I­MAL CROSS­ING: NEW HORI­ZONS

Nin­tendo’s lock­down-phe­nom­e­non game seems ripe for the Easter-egg treat­ment: look out for ticker-tape turnip prices, or an en­tire com­mer­cial zone dom­i­nated by the malev­o­lent rac­coon en­tre­pre­neur, Tom Nook.

BABY YODA

The Man­dalo­rian’s tiny mas­cot is surely guar­an­teed a cameo. Per­haps get­ting ID’D in an Oa­sis bar, or in­tently play­ing the Poké­mon trad­ing-card game with Babu Frik.

RICK AND MORTY

An ideal in-joke ref­er­ence for one of Ready Player Two’s puz­zle-quest chal­lenges would take place in­side a fake vat of acid, as seen in Rick And Morty’s Sea­son 4 clas­sic ti­tled, um, ‘The Vat Of Acid Episode’.

READY PLAYER TWO BY ERNEST CLINE IS PUB­LISHED ON 24 NOVEM­BER

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