An Instagram post from actor Cort King is making the rounds, rumored to reveal an all new protagonist for Ubisoft’s upcoming action sequel: Watch Dogs 2.
Leaks sprout from time to time with a voice actor or motion caption actor as the source. Rarely do these leaks come clear as day on Instagram, revealing an as yet unrevealed protagonist for an upcoming blockbuster video game. Yet such is the case today as Instagram user thekingcort, an actor named Cort King, posted an image of a character he’s doing motion capture work for. King mentions the the character is the lead in a video game series along with the hashtag “#WatchDogs2“.
Cort King’s Instagram has since been set to private, but the damage had already been screenscaptured. A photo of a laptop screen shows King’s Watch Dogs 2 protagonist in his full glory. Baseball cap, black horn rimmed glasses, over-the-shoulder back with pins, Livestrong-style rubber bracelet, with a cell phone in one hand and a gun in the other. The character looks like your big city everyman with an Asian background.
Of course, there’s no evidence that Cort King or his Instagram account are to be trusted. This is about as unreliable as rumors get, while still being absolutely compelling. King’s certainly got some concept art that looks like it could be from Watch Dogs 2, and the character could very well be the game’s protagonist. Of course, King may very well be confused or misinformed about his role or the game he’s in. Or he could be trolling everyone completely.
Immediately a question pops into mind: where’s Aiden? The original Watch Dogs protagonist was alive and well and probably had plans for a sequel story the last time we saw him. The implication is, of course, that the protagonists will rotate in the Watch Dogs franchise similar to how Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry have in the past. Maybe if Aiden was a bit more popular (or Watch Dogs in general) then he’d be getting his own trilogy like Ezio did. Other potential scenarios include: multiple protagonists a la GTA, or even a customisable protagonist.
Odds are players won’t have to wait too long to hear the truth about Watch Dogs 2 and its protagonist. E3 is little more than a month away and Ubisoft, with no Assassin’s Creed planned for late 2016, will likely be showcasing Watch Dogs 2 prominently. Well, unless Ubisoft has any secrets lined up to steal the show. And, technically, Watch Dogs 2 is only tentatively planned for a late 2016/early 2017 launch, which could lead to the game not being shown at E3. Let’s hope otherwise.
Ubisoft financial reports show plans to launch Watch Dogs 2 prior to March 2017 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.