Watch Dogs Is Completely Dead Following Last Game’s Failure

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Franchise Is "Dead And Buried"

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  • A reliable Ubisoft leaker says Watch Dogs is dead.
  • He states that the publisher moved on after Watch Dogs Legion failed.
  • The studio canceled various ongoing projects after this failure, including a battle royale spin-off.

In 2014, Ubisoft introduced Watch Dogs, an open-world game that aimed to rival the likes of GTA. The franchise hoped to offer a unique spin on the third-person action-adventure gameplay loop, mixing various hacking elements to stand out from the crowd.

After a rocky first attempt, the developer released multiple entries in the franchise. However, this series was put on hold after 2020’s Watch Dogs Legion. Amid curiosity from the fans, a leaker claims Ubisoft has completely moved on from the IP.

Why it matters: This fate can only be described as a shame, considering how much potential the concept had and the fact that fans were still willing to try newer games.

According to Jonathan, a Ubisoft leaker who previously revealed details about last year’s Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the publisher has no plans for more Watch Dogs content.

The studio reportedly abandoned the series after Watch Dogs Legion underperformed. This entry was the third main game in the franchise, marking three entries in just six years.

However, in typical Ubisoft fashion, the developer wanted to expand the series through spin-offs. Jonathan says various projects using this license were in development, including a battle royale title.

All of these games were canceled in the last four years. The publisher also tried similar battle-royale spin-offs for Splinter Cell and The Division, but neither of these have seen the light of day.

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Watch Dogs Was Once Considered Ubisoft’s Flagship Series

Today, the developer is completely focused on moving forward with Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry as its two biggest IPs. Moreover, it has introduced new franchises like Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Star Wars Outlaws to diversify its lineup.

Perhaps Watch Dogs came at the wrong time. Following a disappointing first game, marred by downgraded visuals and sky-high expectations, this franchise was overshadowed by open-world games like The Witcher 3.

It appears this series never truly found its footing afterward, leading to Ubisoft’s decision to focus on its tried-and-true IPs again.

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