Flash back to 2012 when Watch Dogs was one of the best games shown at E3. Everyone was excited for Ubisoft‘s cyber security sandbox to launch alongside the PS4 and Xbox One – the graphics and the gameplay that we’d been promised in trailers looked phenomenal. Unfortunately, the game was delayed until the beginning of 2014 and when it finally arrived, many players were underwhelmed.
But despite Watch Dogs not being “perfect in any way”, according to the game’s creative director Jonathan Morin, it still sold 4 million copies in its first week, becoming the best-selling new IP ever. It was also the best week 1 sales performance that Ubisoft had ever seen too.
It’s a no brainer then that Watch Dogs 2 is on the way, but thanks to a leak from a Ubisoft gameplay programmer, we now have even more confirmation.
Watch Dogs 2 Leaked
The image above is taken from the LinkedIn CV of Julien Risse, a senior gameplay programmer who worked on the first Watch Dogs and its Bad Blood DLC. As you can see, Watch Dogs 2 is clearly listed under the things that Risse has been working on during his time at Ubisoft Paris, with Ubisoft Paris having provided support to Ubisoft Montreal, the lead studio on the original game.
It’s certainly possible that Risse has done some sort of work on the sequel, but when videogamer (who initially spotted the leak) asked Ubisoft about it, the publisher declined to comment. And soon after, the mention of Watch Dogs 2 was removed from Risse’s profile. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Watch Dogs 2 isn’t on the way, just that Ubisoft isn’t ready to announce it yet.
So, if Watch Dogs 2 is real, what can we expect? Last year Jonathan Morin also said that they have to “appeal to fans in a new way” and that they “have to carry on taking risks”, while Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that he doesn’t know if Aiden Pearce (Watch Dogs’ white, male protagonist) will return in the next game. Furthermore, in response to a question about the game’s boring characters, Guillemot added that they will “try to extend more diversity”.
While I am obviously biased, as the editor of a site that focuses on diversity, it would be nice to see a woman at the helm of Watch Dogs 2. Ubisoft Montreal is already working on a diversity initiative (spearheaded by Child of Light‘s lead programmer Brie Code) and the original Watch Dogs was also criticised for its portrayal of women. Not only that but as Ubisoft recently faced backlash for Assassin’s Creed Unity‘s lack of playable women and with such a focus being put on women in programming and tech-related skills right now, the timing would be perfect.
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