Who keeps letting the Watch Dogs out? Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs 2 just can’t keep a secret, and a new trailer leak reveals another unintentional sneak peek prior to E3 2016.
It has been tough sledding for Ubisoft lately when it comes to Watch Dogs 2. What could’ve been one of the surprise bombshell announcements of E3 2016 has instead been beset on all sides by leaks that, while generating a lot of hype in their own right, have certainly dulled gamer anticipation ahead of Ubisoft’s E3 2016 presentation. While Watch Dogs 2 will undoubtedly remain one of the more intriguing sequels on display at E3 this year, Ubisoft can’t be particularly pleased with how frequently the game has appeared in news headlines that the publisher hadn’t intended on creating.
Of course, the first leak for the game – when Watch Dogs 2 was accidentally confirmed by a developer over a year ago – set a precedent for huge, premature news announcements for Ubisoft’s highly anticipated sequel. Tonight, however, might be the biggest leak yet, as a new Watch Dogs 2 trailer featured prominently as a Twitch commercial and revealed a lot of previously unknown information regarding the game.
From the looks of the trailer, it seems like a safe bet that the previous rumor about Watch Dogs 2 being set in San Francisco can be upgraded to a confirmed fact. That same rumor speculated on a release date for Ubisoft’s next story about vigilante hackers, and that turned out to be true as well, as Watch Dogs 2 appears to be coming on November 15, 2016.
That’s not all, however. The trailer also revealed a huge tonal shift in the way Ubisoft is approaching the world of Watch Dogs, revealing a brighter aesthetic and a more Silicon Valley-type feel to the character models than the publisher had used in Watch Dogs 2‘s predecessor. That revelation might not seem like much on the surface, but it certainly lends credibility to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s claim that Watch Dogs 2 will have innovative new gameplay and a refreshingly new tone.
The trailer leak might cause gamers to seriously question Ubisoft’s ability to keep anything a secret, but the signs within the video itself are extremely encouraging. Despite strong sales, the original Watch Dogs faltered for some critics after the painfully boring Aiden Pearce grew difficult to empathize with over an entire narrative. Some gamers have made many suggestions on how to make Watch Dogs 2 better as a result, and it appears Ubisoft has been paying attention.
What do you think of the trailer? Could the many leaks surrounding Watch Dogs 2 be some sort of meta viral marketing campaign from Ubisoft, or is the company really that bad at keeping a new title under wraps? Let us know in the comments below.
Watch Dogs 2 will likely be released on November 15, 2016 on the PS4, PC, and Xbox One.