Watch Dogs 2
Developer/publisher Ubisoft (Montreal) Format PC, PS4, Xbox One Release November 15
Watch Dogs 2’ s E3 coming-out party was largely covered off by E295’ s cover story, but did yield further confirmation of the way in which Ubisoft Montreal’s world-hacking sequel subverts our expectations of a modern Ubisoft game. The largest remaining concern is a tonal one; technology moves at such a pace that basing an entire game on it means running the risk of being obsolete before it even launches. Hopefully Ubisoft is canny enough to have not filled its game with two-year-old imageboard memes, but we’ll see.
Hopefully it’s learned from its musical mistakes, too – the Chicago-set Watch Dogs featured tracks by artists from Chicago, with Chicago in the title and, winningly, the band Chicago – though the announcement trailer’s use of a song by Pharrell Williams’ old outfit NERD isn’t cause for optimism.