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Rumor: Ubisoft may quietly end the Watch Dogs series


Rumor: Ubisoft may quietly end the Watch Dogs series

Ubisoft found itself in a quagmire of game release strategy. After unsuccessful game releases and perceived fatigue with gameplay mechanics, the company is looking to rethink its product range and appears to be downsizing franchises to focus resources on other games. One YouTuber has come up with a theory that could indicate that the Watch Dogs franchise is undercut as Ubisoft plans for its future.

JorRaptor has come up with a theory that suggests Ubisoft may end Watch Dogs games after Watch Dogs: Legion's reception was lukewarm at best. He also analyzed Ubisoft's workforce and noticed that senior members of the Watch Dogs development team either left the company or were transferred to other games. At least seven senior developers who worked on Watch Dogs are now scattered to the wind. All those who remained in the company moved on to other projects.

The release of the Watch Dogs: Legion Bloodline DLC marked the end of content updates for the game, as Ubisoft announced in early 2022 that there would be no more patches or updates. A sudden change of course after promoting the game was expected to include years of seasonal content similar to what was done in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and The Division 2. The franchise has its fans, but since Watch Dogs: Legion doesn't caught on after the moderate success of Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft may be ready to put an end to this franchise in order to focus on the release of their other projects.

Ubisoft has a plethora of games supposedly in development but has provided little to no information on development progress. Between xDefiant, The Division: Heartlands, Skull, and Bones, Beyond Good and Evil 2, and many more, Ubisoft has shown plenty of games in development but has only been able to lean on Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games to keep the company going. With the exception of a recent teaser for Skull and Bones, the aforementioned games can only be heard in quarterly investor reports that end with "development going well."

Ubisoft has other issues with game development and the supposed end of Watch Dogs. The company is also experiencing internal controversy over poor working conditions and allegations of sexual harassment. These additional issues will likely affect all games under the Ubisoft banner, leaving the company in a quandary. Even when announcing new games, Ubisoft has a long way to go to regain its former prestige.

Watch Dogs Legion is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.