It’s Monday, June 10. EA, Microsoft and Bethesda have stepped up to the plate and laid down the games they are going to be building their budgets and marketing around for the next few years.
Ubisoft – who always likes to come to the party a little later than the other press conference-holders – is the next publisher to take to the stage. Followed by Square Enix and Nintendo, you could argue Ubisoft has one of the hardest jobs of the show: making the middle of it all as exciting as the rest.
The conference has previously been used by Ubisoft to debut new IPs, announce soft reboots or announce sequels to loved franchises. There are also some surprises in store – Ryan Gosling announcing a media partnership was a strange highlight from last year, and Elijah Wood announcing VR game Transference was equally as offbeat the year before that.
Ubisoft’s press conference will kick off June 10 at 9am BST (or that’s 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 10pm CEST if you’re not in the UK).
Typically, these shows last anywhere between one hour and 90 minutes – so plan your evening appropriately around that.
There should be quite a lot going on at Ubisoft’s presser this year – for a start, we know the company is going to reveal more about Ghost Recon Breakpoint (the sequel to Wildlands). We also know the publisher has something interesting in the works when it comes to the Watch Dogs franchise (more on that below).
We imagine there will be talk of Ubisoft’s involvement with Google and Stadia, too – the two companies have been allies for a while – and we’re also likely to hear more about the rumoured Ubisoft subscription service that’s been popping up online lately, too.
With that in mind, here’s what we’re expecting to see about Watch Dogs 3 at E3 2019.
Watch Dogs 3 Legion – What we know so far
Watch Dogs 3, at this point, is one of the gaming industry’s worst-kept secrets.
The game – which is rumoured to take place in London – will follow on from the 2016 title released by Ubisoft Montreal, though it’s not been confirmed if we’ll be seeing a brand new cast of characters or any recurring faces. Y
ou can expect the themes of personal freedom vs tech, hacking, social justice and data law to be in the firing line once again.
The game was actively teased by Ubisoft at the end of a follow-up to 2016’s Watch Dogs 2 in a bonus cutscene in the last set of DLC from the title, but since then we’ve seen various rumours, leaks and industry insiders reveal that it is happening, and it is set in the UK.
In March, there were rumours that Watch Dogs 3 would land on British shores thanks to a 4chan leak and comments from Kotaku’s Jason Schreier. Another Watch Dogs 3 leak suggests again that Watch Dogs 3 will be set in London, and it’ll take a more ‘near-future’ vision of the country on-board. Expect something vaguely Brexit-y, then.
Watch Dogs 3 – Release Date
Ubisoft has not outlined a release date for Watch Dogs 3 – or even formally announced it at this point.
We do know that the company is planning on releasing more games this year, though – some of which are still unannounced.
The company revealed back in May that it would be releasing 4 AAA games in the current fiscal year (which ends March 2020 for Ubi). We know that one of those titles will be Ghost Recon Breakpoint… but as for the others… well, we’re as clued up as anyone else.
It makes a lot of sense for one of these titles to be Watch Dogs 3, but we’ll know for sure very soon.
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