A pair of Watch Dogs 2 Easter eggs look forward instead of back, teasing what could be new projects coming from publisher Ubisoft.
First discovered by NeoGAF user FlammableAce, players that engage in the Watch Dogs 2 side mission “Ubistolen,” which involves hacking an in-game Ubisoft studio, are in for a surprise. Hacking into the studio produces a gameplay trailer, but not for any property currently announced.
The trailer looks to advertise a sci-fi experience, featuring a variety of space stations floating above different styles of planets with a space traveler flying between them. The video is watermarked with the phrases “Ubisoft Confidential,” “Do Not Distribute,” and “E3_Conf_Video_v03,” suggesting we may be seeing a full reveal at E3 2017.
Another NeoGAF user by the name TheHollowNight claims to have prior knowledge of the project. With a post history that would suggest previous employment at Ubisoft, TheHollowNight responded to the trailer:
“oh, huh, finally this is starting to get teased. Knew very little about it just before I left ubi over two years ago and never actually saw any in-game stuff. Interesting!? Pretty sure it’s real, like I said, I only heard rumblings of a big space game as they keep stuff on tight lockdown even between studios, so my knowledge ends at that sadly.”
This is not the only game tease Watch Dogs 2 is hiding. In the same mission, intercepting a phone call allows players to hear a Ubisoft employee discussing the Assassin’s Creed franchise during which the developer mentions the Unity and Syndicate installments. There is also a mention of an unannounced project, Osiris, which is likely the Egypt-set Assassin’s Creed title that leaked in October, although that project’s name was first leaked as Assassin’s Creed Empire. The most likely scenario is that “Empire” is simply a code name or working title, just as Syndicate originally leaked as Assassin’s Creed Victory.
A Kotaku video shows the full conversation.
Neither of these Easter eggs can be considered confirmation, but it would seem like a lot of effort on Ubisoft’s part just to pull the rug out from beneath us.