‘Watch Dogs 3’ Reported To Be Set In London
While a third Watch Dogs game has not been confirmed by Ubisoft, back in 2017 Watch Dogs 2 received a patch that changed the ending. It added a scene that revealed your hacker group, DedSec, had inspired other groups to form around the world in the Middle East, South America, and Europe. A set of coordinates were visible in the scene and if you entered them into mapping software you would find they directed you to Brixton in London.
While we only have Kotaku's sources to go on, London could be a great setting for an open-world game. We've not seen a major open-world game in a modern version of the city since The Getaway: Black Monday, and that was back in 2004.
What would a London version of Watch Dogs be like? There are some differences between the UK and US right off the bat, like access to guns, that could make for a really different style of game. Watch Dogs 2 saw you face off against well-armed gangs and security forces. While there is gun crime in the UK, and you can buy guns, it's significantly harder to get your hands on one, so it will interesting to see if Ubisoft stick to that or just make firearms readily available.
On the subject of weapons, there are a tonne of stories about the rise of knife crime in the news at the moment. Will that be the subject of Watch Dogs 3? Ubisoft has made a habit of sidestepping owning the political implications of its games, so maybe it wouldn't feature at all as a discussion in the game. What about the increases in hate crime we've seen in recent years, or that London has been the target of multiple terrorist attacks?
London is also a hub for different sorts of crime compared to San Francisco, with organised crime, trafficking, and smuggling being larger problems. Will you be facing off against those sorts of gangs, or will it be like Watch Dogs 2 in that your enemy are corporations. London is, after all, the home of many financial institutions and offshore banking firms.
There's a lot going on in London that could make for a fascinating backdrop to a game world. Gentrification is a major issue, particularly in Brixton, with communities being pushed out and replaced by farmers' markets, craft beer bars, and breast milk cafes. Will you be trying to put a halt to the creep of barely disguised parodies of chain restaurants with names like Dishonest Burger, Manky Franks, and Two Guys One Burger?
If Ubisoft is working on Watch Dogs 3, hopefully it will be revealed this year. We're not getting a new Assassin's Creed until 2020, and besides Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Skull & Bones we've not got many announced games from the publisher to look forward to. Maybe we'll hear more at E3.
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