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IGN has leaked the release date and setting of upcoming Ubisoft game Watch Dogs 2 ahead of schedule. Originally spotted by Eurogamer, the spoiler appeared as a banner advertisement on IGN’s website. While the marketing banner has since been removed, screenshots have been posted in a Eurogamer article showing a date of November 15th, 2016.

The banner features a character presumed the new protagonist following another, earlier leak confirmed by NerdLeaks as a screenshot of the motion capture actor’s Instagram, featuring him modeling as the character with the hashtag #WatchDogs2. Attempts were made afterward to remove the Instagram post and set the profile to private, but the leak continued to live on through screenshot sharing and Google’s cache of sites. Behind the leaked release date is a telling backdrop, potentially confirming rumors that the game will take place in San Fransisco. The protagonist can be seen crouching, perched high atop a ledge overlooking a foggy city, the Golden Gate Bridge easily recognizable in the distance behind them. 

The official announcement was set for tomorrow, June 8th, at 5pm UK time (GMT +1), the Watch Dogs website maintaining a timer counting down to the game’s World Premier. A brief teaser was released yesterday on Youtube ahead of the announcement and scheduled E3 briefing on Monday, the 13th. It shows a male hand holding a device, secretively hacking and manipulating data with a tap of his thumb. 

Watch Dogs 2 will now take the November release spot previously held by the Assassin’s Creed franchise. This confirms a January report by Gamespot that there would be no Assassin’s Creed installment this year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stating that this gave the studio time to take “advantage of all the new technologies.” 

Quick Take

While leaks are practically a given with highly anticipated AAA games, Ubisoft hasn’t been able to catch a break with this one. Just the same, a new installment of Watch Dogs can’t come soon enough. To be fair, these leaks are far more exciting than that incredibly understated (to put it nicely) “Hello World” teaser.

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  • Dindu Nuffin

    ANYBODY who buys an Ubisoft game on day of release is a fucking idiot. There, I said it.

    If there’s one developer who’s notorious for releasing bugridden messes it’s Ubisoft. Everyone knows it.

    Always add three months to any Ubisoft release date. That’s usually when the final patch is available.

  • jhk655

    in some cases theres bugs ubisoft never fixes, such as far cry 4’s resolution and FOV issues and flickering on start up. It seemed like they abandoned that game a month after launch.

    I probably wont buy watchdogs 2. the first game was underwhelming, and Ubisoft can’t seem to get their controls right and stop putting weird mouse acceleration features locked on by default with no option to turn off in their games.