Watch Dogs 2 Release Window Announced

It’s Friday’s news but on a Saturday! We head into the weekend with plenty of news from both Activision and Ubisoft, including a release window for Watch Dogs 2

as part of its third-quarter financial report, Ubisoft has announced that the sequel to Watch Dogs will release before the end of their next financial year, which is March 2017. This isn’t the only game that Ubisoft mentioned that they plan to release during the next 13 months, with the French company also confirming that For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands will all also be launching in the next financial year. It will be interesting to see exactly when they release but, with the exception of For Honor, I’m already sold on all these games. If I had to pick one I’m most excited for, it would definitely be South ParkThe Stick Of Truth is the best turn-based RPG I’ve ever played. As discussed previously, it seems increasingly likely that Watch Dogs 2 will replace Assassin’s Creed in 2017…

That rumour has only been strengthened by the fact that Ubisoft has now officially confirmed that there will be no new Assassin’s Creed title this year. As previously reported, 2016 will be the first time since 2008 that a main Assassin’s Creed title has not launched. In a recent blog post, Ubisoft said the following:

This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.

I think this is definitely the right decision for the franchise: Ubisoft can easily survive a year without an Assassin’s Creed title. Syndicate was a fun game, but hopefully the additional development time will result in bigger gameplay advancements and also increase gamer appetite.

It may not just be Watch Dogs 2 looking to fill the void left by Assassin’s Creed after Ubisoft announced that a brand new AAA IP will also be coming in the next fiscal year. Other than the fact that it is new, we don’t know much about this “high-potential” IP. Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez did say that the game would have a “strong digital live service offer” but that could literally mean anything. Whatever it turns out to be, it is certain that Ubisoft has a busy year lined up for us gamers.

From one large publisher to another, Activision has provided us with the least surprising news of the year so far: a new Call Of Duty game is coming this year. Continuing the franchise’s three-year three developer cycle, 2016’s entry into the franchise will be coming from Infinity Ward: creator’s of the popular Modern Warfare series. Details on the latest game are not yet available, but Activision has described it as “innovative.” I really hope that we see something a little different from Infinity Ward as the Black Ops and Advanced Warfare series’ already give us the modern/future shooters. One thing for certain is that Infinity Ward appear determined to deliver a strong campaign this time round. This comes after two Naughty Dog designers joined the company in 2014 and, more recently, so did the former game director on Rise Of The Tomb Raider.

The final story coming out of Activision is an update regarding the future of Destiny. It was recently reported that Destiny 2 had been moved out of 2016 — although not technically delayed as it was never announced. The rumours have now been part confirmed by Activision as it was announced that a “full game sequel” will be coming in 2017. Those fans of Destiny who don’t want to wait that long, it was also announced that another expansion will be coming in 2016. Although we don’t have any details on the expansion, it has been confirmed as a “large new” one. I’m not too fussed about a new expansion — although I respect that a lot of gamers will be — but it will be interesting to see what changes come next year in the sequel.

Closing out your weekend is the lastest game releases:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Matt