Ubisoft's Watch Dogs took E3 by storm. It was one of only a handful of new IPs at the show - or was it? Rumours are buzzing online that 'Watch Dogs' is actually a codename, and that the game is, in fact, a modern day Assassin's Creed sequel. Madness? Maybe, but it's an intriguing idea.
Why Watch Dogs COULD be an Assassin's Creed game
- It's a game about assassinating people.
- The 'Ubisoft Presents' title at the start of the demo is very reminiscent of the AC games.
- When the hero picks up info using his phone at 1.32, it's the exact same visual device they use for blending in Assassin's Creed 3
- The Animus evolves every game, and so much of Watch Dogs looks 'in Animus'. Even the mini-map looks similar.
- Joseph DeMarco presents 'Dot Connexion' is written on the theatre. Is this a tease, inviting us to guess how the game is connected to other things? Or is it just a reinforcement of the core gameplay mechanic? (Everything is connected, so you can hack it all etc)
- He does look like a modern day Assassin. His hat is his hood, his phone is his wrist-blade.
- At 3.02. Look at the wall on the right. Looks like memory sequences from AC.
- The end line says 'Everything is connected. Connection is power'.
Why Watch Dogs definitely ISN'T an Assassin's Creed game
- Ubisoft like to share tech and ideas (Splinter Cell uses Assassin's Creed climbing animations, Ghost Recon uses large text floating in the sky like Splinter Cell Conviction etc). Everything in Watch Dogs is most likely Ubisoft sharing their ideas and tech.
- Watch Dogs already has a load of buzz. Why have one exciting brand when you can have two?
So, what do you think? Is there any truth to this theory, or is it just another insane internet rumour? Are we clutching at straws? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below.