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Watch Dogs sequel confirmed, coming early 2017

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Ubisoft may be placing the Assassin’s Creed franchise on gardening leave, but the firm has confirmed a sequel to its intriguing Watch Dogs IP is in the works.

The French publisher revealed a sequel to 2014’s stealth shooter will be available before April 2017, during its quarterly earnings report on Thursday.

Recent speculation has indicated the sequel will be available this year, but today represents the first official word from Ubisoft on the matter.

The company announced the list of games that’ll arrive within the next financial year and “the next instalment of Watch Dogs” will arrive before March 31 2017.

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The original game saw gamers take on the role of a super hacker, in a sinister surveillance society, on a mission to discover the perpetrators of a family tragedy.

Protagonist Aiden Pierce was able to use his smartphone to hack into CCTV cameras, shut down grids, change traffic lights and even set off grenades carried by security forces.

The hotly-anticipated new IP was earmarked as a flag-bearer for the new generation of console gaming.

However, despite an engaging and contemporary concept, supreme graphics, strong gameplay and innovative hacking tools it fell slightly short of expectations. Ubisoft will be hoping to rectify that this time around.

Elsewhere in the earnings call, the firm reiterated plans to release For Honor, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands and South Park: The Fractured But Whole before April 2017.

The firm also mentioned “a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live serviced,” but didn’t elaborate.

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