The Electronic Entertainment Expo is almost upon us. And whilst I’ve never actually heard anyone call it by that name, this year’s E3 is shaping up to be quite the show, offering the usual diverse haul of spectacular reveals from game developers alongside the potential for new consoles or console upgrades from all 3 major platforms. It would, sadly, take me several articles spanning several days to cover all the things that I am looking forward to seeing at the expo, so I’ll keep myself limited to one very recent announcement, from one very specific publisher, that involves a sequel to one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2012: Watch Dogs.
The first game received a mixed response from its audience, and although it performed well commercially, the reviews given noted the slightly indistinct plot and gameplay that was too overtly focused on one feature, as well as some frankly unfortunate technical issues. But Ubisoft were clearly not to be disheartened (perhaps because it shipped over ten million copies worldwide), and last night saw a supposed secret ruined as the trailer for Watch Dogs 2 was leaked via adverts on streaming site Twitch. And then, just like that, we got the full picture, brought to us in the form of a cinematic trailer released by Ubisoft today in anticipation of what I can only assume will be a far more in depth reveal at E3. In any case, check it out:
I’m already seeing improvements, particularly with what appears to be a far more anti-establishment-themed protagonist. San Fran looks fantastic (as I suppose it would in a cinematic), filled with vibrancy and life, and I’m very intrigued to see whether the parkour mechanics have been lifted straight from the Assassin‘s Creed series or whether we can expect something a little different. I would like to believe, then, that Ubisoft have taken steps in the right direction, particularly seeing as, unlike Watch Dogs, this game has not been announced however many years early – Watch Dogs 2 is set to be released on the 15th November, of this year. The Ubisoft website has more information should you feel the urge, but in the meantime, remember to call off all prior engagements between the 14th and 16th of June. It’s that time of year again.