Those with excellent memories may recall that, way back in 2016, Ubisoft teased a brand-new space exploration game within Watch Dogs 2, codenamed Pioneer. Well there's some bad news if you've been patiently awaiting its arrival: the game is now reportedly dead.
Assassin's Creed Origins has confirmed, once and for all, it takes place in the same shared universe as fellow Ubisoft series Watch Dogs.
The theory both series are connected is not new. Ubisoft has played with the idea before, and slipped references to each into the others' games.
Assassin's Creed Easter eggs feature in both Watch Dogs 1 and 2, while Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag includes mention of Watch Dogs' fictional evil corporation Blume.
The next free update for Watch Dogs 2 introduces a four-player party mode, allowing players to free roam San Francisco with three friends.
Ubisoft has outlined its revised DLC plan for Watch Dogs 2, which includes a key change.
Watch Dogs 2 has been updated with a new scene that plays out after beating the game - and some fans think it teases a future location for the series.
The change comes as part of a 10GB patch (14GB on PC) which updates the game's world with new areas, fresh dances and emotes, new clothing and other bits and pieces to prep Watch Dogs 2 for its incoming season pass content.
Everyone gets all the extra content regardless of whether they buy the season pass or not - and a friend can enable you to play through it all in co-op without buying it yourself.
Watch Dogs 2 launch sales have been described as "soft" compared to expectations by publisher Ubisoft - but it sounds like the company will stick with the franchise.
Longer-term sales of the game have been strong due to positive word-of-mouth, Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot explained in a just-finished financial call. It's good news - at launch, Watch Dogs 2's sales looked very dicey.
The continued healthy sales of Watch Dogs 2 were important for the "long-term" future of the franchise, Guillemot continued, of which Ubisoft was "happy".
Watch Dogs 2 now has a free demo on PS4 that lets players check out three hours of Ubisoft's latest open-world adventure.
Ubisoft will put out a patch for Watch Dogs 2 later this week that addresses one of the more annoying aspects of the open world hacking game.
Previously, when the San Francisco police were hot on your tail (because you've probably clipped a poor pedestrian - "he came out of nowhere, guv!"), you'd end up hearing a cop boom through a megaphone: "This is the police! Pull over now!"
Fair enough, right? Well, the cop in question was pretty insistent, and barked the same "Pull over now!" line so frequently you ended up wanting to chuck your controller at the screen in the hope it would shut her up. (I referenced this annoyance in my Watch Dogs 2 post-launch impressions article published in November.)
Hackers have shut down the payment system for San Francisco's public transport, and in doing so gifted free rides to thousands of passengers.
UPDATE 25/11/16 09:55am There's an ongoing price-matching battle between different retailers, and Amazon has now nudged down some prices and increased a couple of others. Dishonored 2 and FIFA 17 are now down to £29.99, there's a pound off the 1TB Xbox One bundle with FIFA, Forza and Force Awakens, and Just Dance 2017 is now unmissable at £19.99. Titanfall 2 is down to £28 - but that's nowhere near HMV.
UPDATE 24/11/16 3.45pm: Watch Dogs 2 developer Ubisoft has brought a second round of multiplayer features online, for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:
Bounty Hunts can happen seamlessly without the Multiplayer App
Seamless Hacking Invasions
UPDATE 3.05pm Like the wagging appendage of a real-life canine, Watch Dogs 2 publisher Ubisoft is hoping its game's sales will have a long tail.
The publisher has issued a statement to address the low launch week sales of its open world hackathon sequel, as reported earlier today.
Ubisoft has acknowledged Watch Dogs 2's slow start - and the trend of lower-than-expected sales for follow-ups from other publishers too, which we detailed below. It is, however, hoping that strong continued sales of the game in subsequent weeks will make up some of the shortfall:
Five top Ubisoft executives are in hot water over claims of insider trading - a serious legal matter now being investigated by the French stock market regulator.
UPDATE 2.30pm: Ubisoft has deployed a patch for the game's online modes - which are currently, er, offline.
UPDATE 15/11/2016 8.51pm: A new report suggests the Ubisoft sci-fi game teased within Watch Dogs 2 is real. There's only one problem: it may never come out.
Watch Dogs 2 isn't officially out until Tuesday, 15th November, but there are already copies in the wild.
Watch Dogs 2 has a season pass, because of course it does.
Ubisoft's open-world hacking game Watch Dogs 2 has been delayed by two weeks on PC. It's now due on 29th November, a fortnight after the PS4 and Xbox One versions arrive on 15th November.
Vivendi has now gobbled up more than 20 per cent of Ubisoft shares, as its concerted effort for control in the family-owned games company continues.
We already know a fair amount about Watch Dogs 2, but Ubisoft has used this E3 to showcase an impressive infiltration mission.
It shows off all the various upgrades from Watch Dogs 1 - the drone, the robot with the little BB-8 arm, remote digital infiltration from across a rooftop via CCTV cameras... And then an actual infiltration and a zip-line away at the end.
It's stylish, and a noticeable step up from the original. Is that enough for you?
You've probably seen the leaks. Watch Dogs 2 is set in San Francisco and features a new main character. It's also coming this year, on 11th November.
UPDATE 8th June 2016: Another Watch Dogs 2 leak - this time from Twitch.
A short Watch Dogs 2 trailer was spotted as a part of a Twitch advert overnight. You can watch it in the tweet below.
The video doesn't tell us anything new, really: the San Francisco setting, the main character and the release date have all leaked already.
An LA-based motion capture actor has apparently spilled the beans on Watch Dogs 2's protagonist.
Ubisoft has confirmed that a second Watch Dogs title will be out before 31st March 2017.