The existence of Watch Dogs 3 has been leaked by none other than Ubisoft’s gaming AI helper service - Sam. The Ubisoft Personal Gaming Assistant is on hand to provide a helpful service to players, such as analysing matches, providing tips, and pointing you in the direction of the best YouTube community videos. You can also ask Sam questions though, and over on UbiCentral, they asked the all-important question: Where’s Watch Dogs 3?

The answer, curiously enough, is right on the nose, with Sam saying “Watch Dogs 3 is not finished yet, but from the last early build I tried it’s very solid. The Dev team works wonders! Can’t wait for you to try it!”

That’s a fairly comprehensive statement for Ubisoft’s own AI assistant, but if you wanted further clues then Ubisoft’s been happily obliging for a little while now. The first of these clues was an April Fool’s gag, allowing players to pretend to hack into the Uplay client. The second came from the official Watch Dogs 2 Twitter account, which posted just a few days later a brief message that said “This is Everything”, tieing into Watch Dogs’ slogan - Everything is Connected.

As of right now, there’s been no official confirmation of Watch Dogs 3 from Ubisoft themselves, unless you count Sam, of course. Considering Ubisoft’s fairly blank schedule towards the back end of this year, and the near-confirmation that there won’t be a new Assassin’s Creed, then Watch Dogs 3 begins to look a likely prospect.

It’s all quite a pleasant turn of events really, particularly after we got the impression that Watch Dogs 2 perhaps wasn’t the sales success that Ubisoft was hoping for. It’s undoubtedly the better game than the original Watch Dogs, pulling the same sort of trick as Assassin’s Creed to Assassin’s Creed 2, so it’s nice to see the series being given another chance. All eyes on E3 2018 now, where we’ll find out all about what Ubisoft has up its sleeves, aside from The Division 2.