The Watch Dogs series from Ubisoft is far from its best-known series, but it has quietly amassed a huge following over the last decade. After the recent announcement that the online version of Watch Dogs: Legion would no longer receive updates, fans have been wondering what this means for the franchise.
There is speculation that another title is in the works, but Ubisoft may have also decided to drop it for now to work on new Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry titles.
Watch Dogs Allows you to Play as a Hacker
One of the primary goals of a game is to provide escapism for players and give them a chance to do something they’d never do in real life. The Watch Dogs series has allowed players to experience what it’s like to be a hacker, breaking codes on the internet with complex tools and techniques.
In reality, the life of a cybercriminal probably isn’t as glamorous or enjoyable. According to an infographic from ExpressVPN, many people online choose simple passwords that are easy to break with the right hacking tools. For example, the most common password in the world is “123456”. Hackers simply run software that tries thousands of different possibilities each minute until they’ve broken in. But that wouldn’t make for exciting gameplay in Watch Dogs, would it?
The Watch Dogs series has comprised three games so far. Watch Dogs in 2014, Watch Dogs 2 in 2016, and Watch Dogs: Legion in 2020. The series has sold more than 20 million copies and has received positive reviews. It wouldn’t make sense for Ubisoft to stop making games in the series completely, and the developer may end up returning to it in the future.
Watch Dogs: Legion Will no Longer Get Updates
The questions about Watch Dogs’ future have arisen because of the fact that Legion’s online version will no longer receive updates. It was announced that Season Five: Stripes would be the last offering for the online game, and this has come as a blow to gamers who have had just over a year to enjoy it.
According to a report from CBR.com, players now think that Ubisoft could be losing faith in the franchise. The latest game was considered by many to be the weakest of the three, as it failed to live up to expectations. Chances are that the series will be put on the back burner but not discarded, as it has great potential for the future.
Ubisoft May Focus on its Flagship Franchises More
It has been widely reported that Ubisoft is now putting a great deal of focus into its new Assassin’s Creed offering, which will shake up the series and offer players an experience that they have never had before.
Assassin’s Creed Infinity promises to take the marquee franchise in a new direction, where the game will receive regular updates rather than separate releases. The studio has promised to keep the elements that have made the series so well-loved, while also providing new aspects to take it into the future.
There is no news that a new Watch Dogs game is in the works, and it seems likely that the series will be put on hold for now. However, once Assassin’s Creed Infinity is well established, Ubisoft may decide to return to its hacker franchise and take it into a new era.