Watch Dogs 2 Will Launch Before April 2017

For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Ghost Recon: Wildlands also set to ship by March 2017.

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Ubisoft has confirmed a sequel to Watch Dogs will launch before the end of its next financial year, which is April 2017. The announcement was made as part of its third-quarter financial report, in which the Paris-headquartered company detailed its outlook for the current fiscal year and beyond.

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On the subject of its fiscal 16/17 games slate, the corporation said: "Ubisoft will launch a very high-quality line-up, including For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, [and] the next instalment of Watch Dogs."

It will also launch "a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services," though this project was not further explained.

In April 2015, a senior gameplay programmer at Ubisoft indicated work on Watch Dogs 2 was underway. The developer, who worked on the original Watch Dogs and its expansion, listed Watch Dogs 2 on a CV.

The first Watch Dogs sold more than 9 million copies into retail, and its creative director has been vocal about what he would like to do with the franchise next.

In other developments, Ubisoft has officially confirmed earlier reports that there will not be a new Assassin's Creed game this year.

"This year, we are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise. As a result, we've decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016," the studio said in a statement explaining the decision."

The last game in the mainline Assassin's Creed series was Syndicate, which launched in October 2015 and received a 9/10 in GameSpot's review.

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heguain

I really liked the first, would give it 9/10. Can't wait.

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EdenLi

A hacker game is kinda a litle dream of my, so the idea is great and I would realy like to see the second game, with the hope it will be more satisfaing... :\

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doomsday7teen

To each his(her) own i guess. I personally enjoyed the first one( with the exception of the driving mechanics) so can't wait to get this. Will it be ps4 or pc? Which one to buy it on? Lol

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tchanah

Really enjoyed the first one! Let's see where the second will be headed!

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Keitha313

How about not making Watch Dogs suck this time?

This game has potential but I think they should definitely go towards a darker side allow for the player to make moral choices which can affect the story/dialogue then maybe a better close quarters combat system allowing for actual interesting side missions which don't feel like absolute mundane chores.

Basically, what I'd want from Watch Dogs is making it the open world Hitman game with the obvious addition of hacking the only problem is it's a Ubisoft game.

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dz99ls

Release date possibly reveled when they said "no new AC game this year" Ubi needs to fill the earning void of not having AC this would probably fit the bill

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Pelezinho777

Do we really need another Watch Dogs? Just sayin...

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Ne0meg4

Can't wait to see how beautiful it looks in trailer just to know how much it's downgraded later.

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SaturatedButter

For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Ghost Recon: Wildlands... all games that have been announced on a big stage in front of millions of people.

Watch Dogs 2, announced in financial report.

Something tells me this is going to be a really shitty sequel.

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Dav_id83

I bought it £5 used before XMAS and I am enjoying it so far my only issue is the driving mechs there kinda of well crap hopefully they will improve on it in the 2nd and maybe add weapon customization in to the game. But I bet this will be milked like Assassins Creed

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brn-dn

I loved the first Watch Dogs, excited to see what the second game is like!

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urnakedcellmate

I enjoyed the first one so I'm happy with a Watchdogs 2 coming out. Needs a better soundtrack though. The music they picked was 75% crap.

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dwbtd

@urnakedcellmate: Yeah, that soundtrack was really bad and very limited. I really enjoyed the game other than that (and even got to really like the driving once I realized hammering the e-brake button was the worst way to try to take a corner).

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Jinzo_111887

@urnakedcellmate: I think the theme with the selection was Chicago.

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The_Groosalugg

No.

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Revl8n

The only IP more overhyped than Destiny. Not worth $15.

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SyntaxKT

I don't think many people were exactly asking for a watch dogs 2, but it looks like ubisoft committed to building this into a franchise since they invested so much money into this new IP before the first one came out.

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NL_Skipper

To hell with Watchdogs, I just want another South Park game!

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Jinzo_111887

@nl_skipper: I've noticed a wordplay with the name of that game. Could just be a coincidence given that South Park is usually more vulgar.

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LTJohnnyRico

@Jinzo_111887: Its no coincidence !! Butt hole !!

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Jinzo_111887

@ltjohnnyrico: They would have used a slightly shorter word that started with an A.

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skipper847

They ditch AC for this?. Prefer AC every year.

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Jinzo_111887

Will it be on GOG or Wii U?

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Xristophoros

@Jinzo_111887: :D

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Jinzo_111887

@Xristophoros: I'm serious. I'd rather avoid the PS4 and XBO. That leaves Wii U and PC as my two avenues. Since I have issues with the Steam at the public library at times, I'd prefer to get buy it from GOG if Wii U is not an option.

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Xristophoros

@Jinzo_111887: not a chance the game will work without uplay. only ubi's very old titles are offered on gog. also, to even joke that the game will hit the wii u? i couldn't help but laugh out loud and think you were being sarcastic. come on... really? the wii u? :D

why are you prejudice against both the ps4/x1?

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Jinzo_111887

@Xristophoros: I hate how both consoles have the subscription fee for online multiplayer. It's the same reason I avoided the Xboxes. It's an attempt to multi-dip.

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Xristophoros

@Jinzo_111887: it's the reality of the business i suppose. nobody likes that aspect of consoles, but to boycott them over $4/month seems very drastic to me. you will miss out on many incredible experiences due to such a petty reason in my opinion. also, i have a feeling that valve will one day implement a monthly fee of sorts to its service as well. just a matter of time.

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elessarGObonzo

@Xristophoros: steam makes a small percentage of every game purchased through them so hopefully if they're smart they wouldn't decide to push users away by charging subscription fees. most of the titles offered by them can be found elsewhere that wouldn't require a monthly subscription.

sony and ms don't have to worry about pushing users away with subscription fees because there's no alternative when using those platforms. users know they're stuck paying monthly fees when going that route.

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Jinzo_111887

@Xristophoros: To me, it's a matter of principle, if you already paid for the game, system, and ISP bill, that should be enough for online multiplayer. That's why I see subscription fees for online multiplayer as an attempt to multi-dip.

Microsoft tried to bring subscriptions fees to play PC games online, it didn't go so well. That's why I don't see Steam doing it.

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Xristophoros

@Jinzo_111887: what you described would be ideal for sure but hardly anything in this world is perfect so i just accept it. the quality of service on psn is vastly improved (still not perfect but it likely never will) over what we had with the ps3 so the ps+ sub revenue must count for something. not to mention you are getting a ton of great games for "free" with your subscription so it pays itself off after just a few months. i have more games than i know what to do with now. great value indeed!

at any rate, a company like valve can get away with pretty much anything. many pc gamers are incredibly forgiving of their business paractices... take the steam controller for example. i hate to be blunt like this, but it is a piece of shit in more ways than one. it does not serve console style gamers and does not serve mouse/kb players. who is it for? nobody really, other than those who have tried it out of curiosity. most people have walked away from it feeling disappointed. still, there are those people out there who will defend it just because valve was behind it. as if they can do no wrong. how about early access and greenlight? steam is now littered with a pile of shitty games as far as the eye can see.... there is no quality control... still, valve gets away with it. my point is, valve gets a free pass pretty much. if they enact a subscription fee, most people will be okay with it. since steam is close to being a monopoly of sorts in the pc space, even those against the service will suck it up out of obligation. i can't see why valve wouldn't add a sub fee some point but we'll see.

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elessarGObonzo

@Xristophoros: i wouldn't say anyone has been very forgiving about the steam controller or the steamOS. most i've seen that have tested have claimed how terrible of an idea the linux based OS was and not many are climbing onboard. the best way to show dissatisfaction to a company like that is to let them lose money doing it.

steam having games you call "shitty" being a sign of impending doom(subscription fees) with them makes no sense. for every cheap, or what we may consider stupid, game they have there's 10 more great titles. and no one forces anyone to purchase anything through steam so games you may not enjoy they have to offer doesn't mean anything negative about them. just because you don't enjoy the design or the mechanics of a game means they have no quality control? i believe it's more that they are trying to offer every type of game, developed or designed by anyone, with no discrimination.

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Jinzo_111887

@elessarGObonzo: I'm not sure if there is anything to forgive about the Steam Controller, but that's just me. SteamOS is another story. Linux is a fine system, but it's not made for gaming. If more companies would port their games to it or MS would open source DirectX and the Dotnet Framework, it would be better.

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Jinzo_111887

@Xristophoros: First off, money doesn't automatically make the network better. If it did, XBL would be faster than Steam. Second, if you weren't planning to buy those games or buy games digitally on PS4 because of the restrictions on them like the primary/secondary console thing, then IGC loses its value. If you already own the games in question, there's no value to them for you as well. Also, I wouldn't call those games free as they're tied to your premium subscription fee.

http://www.gamespot.com/videos/is-xbox-live-slower-than-psn-steam-the-lobby/2300-6424703/

I actually like the Steam controller. There are some practical uses to it. Example, setting the right grip to modify the right trackpad so I can use it to break free from an enemy's grip in Resident Evil games is one of the cool things that can be done with it. There are other things that can be done with it, too. I actually prefer it over the PS3 controllers I used with the Scarlet Crush Productions Toolkit. I still have PS3 controllers around for guests that would prefer them instead.

Isn't early access is also on other platforms now?

I have no comment on greenlight, but I will say that Steam users weren't too happy about paid mods. Those don't seem to be around anymore.

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LouiXIII

I'll pass. I can't get into Ubi games anymore

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Xristophoros

@louixiii: true that... aside from the rayman series (and some of their smaller indie titles), nothing else coming out of that factory interests me.

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LouiXIII

@Xristophoros: I liked the last Rayman so I agree with that, but like you said, it's nothing coming that peaks my interest. I haven't been interested in a Far Cry game since the original. I never played a Assassin Creed game...nor want to. I'm just a picky gamer I guess.

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Uangry

Time to be disappointed again.

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IAmMcGruber

Actually a nice looking lineup. That and games like Rainbow 6, Division, and Far Cry releasing this year and Ubi's got a solid lineup. Lets hope they don't F it up.

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Keaze_

@iammcgruber: Different tastes for different people I guess. The games you named are exactly my "not at all interested" games of the year. Well except Far Cry Primal I guess. I and most people feel that the game is just a cash grab and it's "just far cry without guns" but who knows maybe it will be a great game?

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elessarGObonzo

@Keaze_: everything i've seen about Primal looks fun to me.

the original Crytek Far Cry was all about stealth and close combat, but included guns. the second was all about open world combat with guns, fires, and explosions. the third and fourth were changed again with more character attributes, magic senses, more base infiltration, and more story. it seems Far Cry is keeping on track with it's changing up the gameplay history.

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IAmMcGruber

@XAGMNINETY: Yes, but that's what happened with Ubisofts first Assassins Creed and the second one turned out wayy better. I'm hoping this will be the same.

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handofkain

@iammcgruber: you realize that the first AC got a 9 on gamespot while the first watchdogs got a 6, right? AC started awesome, then went down the hill while watchdogs had a more.... awkward start.

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IAmMcGruber

@handofkain: With assasins creed ubi was just starting to delve into the sandbox games with there formula (climb a tower, do 2-3 repetitive side missions, do a story mission, repeat). By the time watch dogs released the formula was been there done that. Go back and play the first assassins creed and in my opinion its very underwhelming, especially compared to number 2. I could careless what gamespot gave the two scores though, just my opinion.

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handofkain

@iammcgruber: Maybe AC is underwhelming after the second installment came out (that's why it's called a sequel, it improves the formula); however watchdogs came out mostly repetitive and lacking some really necessary options like melee (which I found very stupid btw, due to being limited to just takedowns) and the huge world it was set in. My point is, if you plan on creating a large world, make sure there is enough variety and action to carry the game.

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IAmMcGruber

@handofkain: Yes, but not all sequel improve the formula so I was giving credit to them for realizing there mistakes with AC. And AC in my opinion was highly more repititive than WD. There was like 3 side missions (ease drop, tail, and capture flags) that they recycled the entire game. But that's ubis formula with most games so by the time WD released it was too old. But AC was no different in repetitiveness, just new for its time. I found very little variety. But I do see your point with WD and melee, so here is to hoping for much improvement

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Shantmaster_K

Eh I think I'll pass, or at least wait until it's fairly cheap. Watch Dogs was a grind to get through.