A Watch Dogs 2 Easter egg which appeared to be a trailer for a sci-fi exploration game is for a real Ubisoft game that is reportedly in development hell.
A Watch Dogs 2 Easter Egg drew a lot of attention earlier this week, with many questioning whether the in-game teaser trailer was for a real Ubisoft title or not. The teaser, which also featured E3 watermarks, appeared to be for a space exploration game, but no one knew if it was a real, in-development Ubisoft title or if it might be a playful nod to No Man’s Sky.
According to sources speaking to Kotaku, it seems that the trailer is connected to a real Ubisoft game after all. The publication, which cites “two sources familiar with goings-on at Ubisoft,” says that the trailer is for a sci-fi exploration game called Pioneer, but they also add that the game is also going through a difficult development.
Pioneer was scheduled for a full announcement next year, but Ubisoft has “replaced many of the leads on Pioneer within the past few months” and the title is now being “retooled.” When the Watch Dogs 2 Easter Egg was created “they didn’t know it was going to be like this,” added one source. It’s now unclear when the game will be officially revealed, or if it will be revealed at all.
The fact that a Ubisoft game is going through development hell will come as little surprise to any familiar with the developer’s games. The company’s connected shooter The Division was delayed multiple times, while the delay of Watch Dogs has now led to accusations of insider trading against several Ubisoft employees. The publisher also pushed back South Park: The Fractured But Whole to early 2017.
With No Man’s Sky letting some gamers down and with EA also considering a delay for sci-fi RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda, it’s likely sci-fi fans are further disappointed by the news that Pioneer too could be delayed or cancelled entirely. But, Ubisoft fans should take solace knowing that the developer has several other titles in development for 2017.
For example, action title For Honor will launch early next year, as will Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Not to mention, the company recently teased a ‘surprise’ for the Nintendo Switch as well. Of course, there’s no guarantee that any of these titles will take attention away from Pioneer and what could have been, but there are still other games to look forward to in the mean time.
Watch Dogs 2 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One.