According to a Youtuber’s plausible theory, Ubisoft may have finished developing the Watch Dogs franchise once and for all.
Ubisoft has found itself in a quagmire of game publishing strategy, and the Watch Dogs series could be the last straw. The company is looking to revamp its product offering and appears to be cutting some franchises to focus resources on other games. One YouTuber has put forward a theory suggesting the Watch Dogs franchise is on the chopping block as the company plans for its future.
According to YouTuber JorRaptor, the company may have stopped making Watch Dogs games after the reception to Watch Dogs: Legion was lukewarm at best. He also looked at the staffing of jobs at Ubisoft and noticed that senior members of the Watch Dogs development team have either left the company or moved on to other games. At least seven senior developers who worked on Watch Dogs have been let go. Those who have stayed on have moved on to other projects.
Senior members of the Watch Dogs development team have either left the company or moved on to other games.
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 no more patches or updates would be coming. After much of the game’s promotion, a sudden change of direction hinted that we could expect multi-year seasonal content, similar to Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and The Division 2. The franchise has its fans, but with Watch Dogs: Legion failing to catch on after the modest success of Watch Dogs 2, the company may be ready to cut the franchise’s cord while it focuses on bringing any of its other projects to market.
Ubisoft reportedly has a lot of games in development but has provided very little insight into development progress. Between xDefiant, The Division: Heartlands, Skull and Bones, Beyond Good and Evil 2 and many more, the company has revealed a plethora of games in development, but so far has only been able to take the company on the back of titles like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. Aside from the recent teaser for Skull and Bones, the only mention of the previous games comes in quarterly investor reports, which usually end with the lines “development is progressing well.”
Ubisoft has a lot of games in development, but so far has only been able to take the company forward by relying on the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry titles.
Besides game development issues and the supposed end of Watch Dogs, Ubisoft has other problems besides game development issues. The company has been caught between poor working conditions and internal disputes over allegations of sexual harassment. These added problems are more than likely to affect all the games running under the company’s banner, and the company’s energies are being sapped. Even with the announcement of new games, Ubisoft still has a long way to go to regain its former prestige…