Ubisoft is a bit of a leaky ship this week when it comes to news about its upcoming games. We’ve already learned about the possibility that the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series will have a Norse setting. Now it looks like we may have some news about where the next Watch Dogs game will be set as well.
If all the various rumors and hints are true, it seems like Watch Dogs 3 will take place in jolly old London, England. This was actually alluded to in the same Kotaku article that talked about the Norse setting for Assassin’s Creed.
However, this rumor has been around for some time. In fact, Watch Dogs 2’s ending was changed to include a conversation about Dedsec (AKA the hackers with hearts of gold) groups popping up all over the world. Along with this conversation are coordinates that point towards London, which would indicate something big is happening across the pond.
An imageboard post from an anonymous poster also had some info that seemed more legitimate than you might expect. It states that the combat focus in the third Watch Dogs game would be on knives and small firearms. This make sense if Watch Dogs 3 is set in London, as heavier automatic weapons are much harder to obtain in the United Kingdom as opposed to the United States.
The leak also states that you’ll be able to choose either a male or female protagonist, which would be the first time this choice was offered in a Watch Dogs game. It’s likely that Ubisoft saw the positive reaction to giving players an option when it came to gender in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Far Cry 5, so they’re rolling it into other games as well. A far cry (get it?) from its infamous comments about the difficulty of creating female characters.
There’s not much more to this rumor right now, and as always, this is all speculation until it's confirmed. The game is expected to release later this year, although there's also a chance it may be held back so it could come out on next gen consoles instead. Either way, if there’s any truth to this leak it’s fairly likely that it’ll get announced at this year’s E3, when Ubisoft gives its annual main stage presentation.
After the dancing pandas of course.