No./3 READY THE EASTER EGGS!
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.
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