When Ubisoft announced, in 2012, the upcoming release of [Watch Dogs](tag:1000357), hype levels jumped through the roof, leading to much anticipation for the game's release in 2014. When it came out, reviews were staggered, most finding great things in the mission varieties and the hacking abilities throughout the game, others finding problems with the story and technical difficulties during gameplay.
But even with the varying reviews, the game was a major commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest first day sales of a Ubisoft game. After some anonymous reports in early 2016, Ubisoft confirmed that a sequel to Watch Dogs would be released sometime before March 31, 2017.
The original game followed hacker Aiden Pearce as he searches for his niece's killers after a hacking job gone wrong, while also protecting his sister and nephew in an alternate 2013 version of Chicago.
Though Pearce survived the story, apparently the creators might not end up bringing him back for the sequel.
According to actor Cort King's Instagram post, which is now hidden, Aiden Pearce may be getting replaced by a similar-looking character. King's caption was that he "did motion capture work as the lead character in a new video game series" with one of the hashtags being #WatchDogs2.
While there is still a possibility that King's character may be a lead character with Pearce playing a supporting role, or vice versa, it seems that it might be the latter. In an interview with GamesTM, creative director Jonathan Morin stated that the sequel will "take risks," and it's believable that one of these risks could be getting rid of Pearce.
Time can only tell, and gamers will have to wait in anticipation for more news leading up to the sequel's release sometime within the next year.