The big surprise of E3 2012, Watch Dogs momentum continued through to E3 2013, but since then it's all gone a little bit quiet. Perhaps it was the GTA V factor, perhaps Ubisoft wanted to focus on other titles, but it seems like we haven't seen or heard from Watch Dogs in a while. Until now.
The footage above is taken from a stage demo at this year's Tokyo Game Show.
I'm excited about this game because it feels like the culmination of something -- of previous open world games from Ubisoft, of various different mechanics borrowed from games like Splinter Cell, Assassin's Creed, even Driver: San Francisco. Much like Grand Theft Auto V borrowed from other Rockstar games like Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption, Watch Dogs seems to cherry pick the best parts of various games, moulding them into something unique and, above all, interesting.
'Interesting' is a bland description, but it's the only word I can think of to describe Watch Dogs. It takes a genuine talking point of our age -- hacking, access, privacy -- and shoehorns it into its game mechanics pretty seamlessly. I'm a bit worried about it all devolving into gunplay at the end, but of all the next generation games being released this year, this might be the one I'm most excited about.