Watch Dogs 2 expected to have a 'new tone'

Ubisoft anticipates the sequel to be one of its big sellers during the current fiscal year, ending March 2017.


Ubisoft is working on Watch Dogs 2, and that's not exactly a big secret. The first game sold through nine million units at retail, and creative directors at the studio have hinted at what they'd like to do with the inevitable sequel, due to ship before the end of March 2017, the end of FY 2017 (per GameSpot).

Following rumors that shots of Watch Dogs 2's main character might have slipped through the cracks, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot teased a few details with investors during an earnings call marking the end of its 2016 fiscal year.

First up: Guillemot said the game will have a "new tone" relative to its predecessor. He went on to say that he expects Watch Dogs 2 to become Ubisoft's biggest seller of FY2017—ahead of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and an as-yet-unannounced new IP in development.

Guillemot assured investors that the company would announce dates for some of its upcoming games at next month's E3 convention.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    May 12, 2016 12:57 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Watch Dogs 2 expected to have a 'new tone'

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      May 12, 2016 1:25 PM

      the first sequel almost always is better than the first.

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        May 12, 2016 10:18 PM

        from the same company (team?) asscreed 2
        I thought people panned watch_dogs because of the gfx downgrade. The gameplay wasnt all that bad and the multiplayer was excellent

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          May 13, 2016 6:44 AM

          Yeah, meant UBI games. Never tried AC MP though.

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      May 12, 2016 2:00 PM

      By new tone hopefully they mean a story and world that's more interesting than a sack of rocks.

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      May 12, 2016 2:26 PM


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      May 12, 2016 2:30 PM

      maybe they won't make the main character a piece of shit.

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      May 12, 2016 2:37 PM

      Here's hoping for no towers!

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      May 12, 2016 4:42 PM

      I liked the first one though I didn't do any driving games. Looking forward to a sequel.

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      May 12, 2016 10:06 PM

      You had me at mentioning Ghost Recon: Wildlands. WHAT MORE INFORMATIONS!

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      May 13, 2016 2:06 AM

      I wanted to like this game. Open world Deus Ex sounds amazing. I hope shooting and driving won't be as much of a focus and they commit more to the unique elements of that world.

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      May 13, 2016 2:09 AM

      i think they mean "a tone" ?

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      May 13, 2016 5:28 AM


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      May 13, 2016 5:32 AM

      That's cool. I really enjoyed the first one. The game mechanics would make for a fucking bad ass cyberpunk game

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      May 13, 2016 5:37 AM

      i hope it has a new everything because i did not enjoy the first one at all

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      May 13, 2016 5:44 AM

      I get some of the hate for this game (the driving isn't exactly like GTA and takes getting used to; lead character is a sociopath) but man you missed out on some fun gameplay if you never made it more than a few hours into Watch_Dogs.

      Obvious "spoilers" in the videos linked below (but if you're not gonna play the game anyways then spoil away):

      Digtal Trip: Spider-Tank destruction (in before "but it only has 6 legs...")

      Digital Trip: Psychedlic

      T-Bone's Junkyard:

      Helicopter Chase a'la GTA:

Hello, Meet Lola