Watch Dogs 2 could be released in 2016, takes place in San Francisco

Watch Dogs 2 might be released this year in place of the latest Assassin’s Creed game, according to sources at Kotaku.

According to the website, the next chapter in Ubisoft’s open-world hacking series may not only see a release in 2016, but will reportedly take place in San Francisco. As previously reported on PSU, Assassin’s Creed is expected to skip 2016, leaving a gap for a major franchise to take its place—and Watch Dogs 2 seems to be the popular choice. 

While an official announcement regarding a sequel to Watch Dogs has yet to materialise, the game has cropped up on a LinkedIn profile for a Ubisoft employee, so the title is definitely in the pipeline. Watch Dogs 2 was rumored to debut at E3 2015; that didn’t happen, although if the game is indeed out this year, we’re bound to see it at 2016’s show. Previous reports had the game set in Camden, New Jersey.

Ubisoft has addressed the possibility of a sequel to 2014’s hacking hit, stating that it would attempt to fix many of the original game’s problems for a follow-up: “This is quite a high ambition and will require us to develop technologies that we didn’t have for Watch Dogs 1, but this combined with fixing and refining what worked well is probably the way to go for Watch Dogs 2,” said Ubisoft’s Lionel Raynaud. 

Watch Dogs was released on PS4, PS3, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. The game takes place in Chicago and follows the exploits of skilled hacker, Aiden Pearce, as he seeks revenge against those who ordered a hit on him, subsequently killing his young niece by mistake. The game also features online elements where another player can invade your game an attempt to hack the player’s funds unless they are stopped in time. 

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