Watch Dogs always seemed a bit like a near-future Assassin’s Creed, didn’t it? With the third person stealth gameplay and covered-up main character, alongside the hacking mechanics, it isn’t a huge leap from one style of game to the other, despite the change setting.
And the settings always moving around in time in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, anyway. The recent title was a seafaring adventure set in the early 18th century, but it also features modern elements as all of the games have.
Now, this might seem like a bit of a jump, but could Watch Dogs be joining the Assassin’s creed? The developers have already suggested that they’ll feature the same universe – though they don’t want to “ruin the surprise” of that. And now Ubisoft have abandoned the trademark, it makes a bit more sense for them to join up.
Given that Assassin’s Creed is a yearly franchise, they could be following in CoD’s footsteps with staggered franchises, such as Modern Warfare, Black Ops and the recent Ghosts. That would make sense, giving the teams time to make great products rather than repeating the mistakes they made with Assassin’s Creed III.
So, Assassin’s Creed V or Assassin’s Creed: Watch Dogs? How about that? Given that the addition to the name alone would make it easily the highest selling action adventure game of the year, it makes sense financially too.
Remember that they’re joining with Sony and planning to make a movie based on the game, and that would perhaps cause conflict with the Assassin’s Creed movie.
Or maybe it’s just because they’re sticking with that stupid underscore in Watch_Dogs instead. The game will release for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC later this year, though a Wii U release seems to have disappeared recently.
Update: It looks like they have gone for the annoying underscore version of the name.
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