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."
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.