Blood Ties Easter Eggs
There are a lot of Easter Eggs in the Blood Ties DLC of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. Unlike the Easter Eggs found in the previous games these are mostly references to the earlier games.
List of Easter Eggs
- Manor Address
- The address of Croft Manor found on the eviction notice Lara receives - as well as some of the other letters found in the manor - does not exist in reality; the zip code (AL9 5NQ) however is that of Hatfield House.
- In the document Little Angel Winston mentions young Lara pulling a prank on him, locking him in the walk-in freezer.
- Venice Music
- When turned on the Old Record Player in the Library plays a tune familiar to those who played Tomb Raider II: when Lara climbs the bookshelves while the music is playing it's very reminiscent of those Venice levels where she also visited a Library. Also, there was a similar Phonograph on Yamatai that played an eerie Japanese tune.
- An Ankh, that looks a lot like it came from The Last Revelation, can be found in the basement of Croft Manor.
- This is the text that can be found in a Note from Winston, one of the Relics in the Library. It can be considered a double Easter egg: William Blake was a famous artist and author mentioned in the first movie - a vital clue was hidden in one of his works - while the Jaffa cakes were mentioned in one of the Dark Horse Comics.
- In Lara's Childhood Drawing a tiger - probably a reference to the Tigers in Tomb Raider II, III, and Underworld - can be seen laying on a rock that looks suspiciously like a giant Easter egg. Note the birds (chickens?) on the left. Combined with the mention of William Blake (see above) this brings his famous poem The Tyger to mind.
- A stuffed T-Rex is located behind the desk in the manor's library; Lara had several run-ins with this type of dinosaur (only not stuffed), e.g. in Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider III, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and most recently in Lara Croft: Relic Run and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.
- Title of a side-scroller Tomb Raider game for Mobile Phones.
- In Tomb Raider Legend Lara finds Lancelot's Shield and the tomb of the other Knights of the Round Table.
- The statue is missing its head which Lara took as a child in the Reboot Comic Lost and Found, Issue #9, centre pages; although she definitely replaced it afterwards, it now is nowhere to be seen in the Library.
- The Secrets in Croft Manor of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend also depicted the Croft Family Crest, although they were only similar in shape and not identical.
- A Relic that can be found in Lord Croft's Secret Vault that is linked to the Temple of Xian, a Tomb Raider II location. In this game Stone Dragons of a different shape served as secrets, among them a jade one.
- Ticking Clocks
- Throughout the manor there are quite a few clocks ticking away, which is a little reminiscent of the first movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, where Lara wakes up to the ticking of a clock hidden under the stairs.
- Symbols in the Secret Vault
- When Lara turns on the black-light, symbols appear all over the walls; the largest one is reminiscent the symbol found in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness.
- Not necessarily an Easter Egg, but the Crowbar was a common Gear item in the Classic Tomb Raider games and made its last appearance in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness over 10 years ago.
- Another relic, this time located in the Family Crypt; the secrets in Tomb Raider Chronicles were roses.
- Relic that can be found in Lord Croft's Study after completing the main game, a nod to Lara's classic weapons; also these seem to be the two weapons she acquired after Roth's death.
- Another Relic in the study after completing the game; this is actually the artefact found in the Rise of the Tomb Raider base game.
- Once again, a Relic located in the study after completing the game; this one seems like a relic from Yamatai.