Ubisoft has filed for a new trademark for its Watch Dogs franchise, and the particular way the company has submitted the application has sparked speculation that Watch Dogs 3 is in development for next-generation consoles.
As ComicBook.com reports, a YouTuber called SkullziTV discovered the recent Watch Dogs trademark filing during a livestream with viewers. He notes that this is a brand new application, and isn’t connected to the Watch Dogs trademarks Ubisoft already owns.
SkullziTV believes the reason for this new application is because Ubisoft plans to release Watch Dogs 3 on consoles that Sony and/or Microsoft haven’t yet announced. That would likely mean that the earliest we could expect the game to launch would be 2020.
It’s not news that Ubisoft is making a third game in the Watch Dogs series. Last year, a series of cryptic clues effectively confirmed the theory that Watch Dogs 3 is in active development – one let players ‘hack’ the Uplay client, and another came from the voice of Sam, Ubisoft’s mobile digital assistant, who for a while would tell anyone who asked that “Watch Dogs 3 is not finished yet” and that he had played a recent build.