Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs series is expanding into new territory, this time as a manga titled Watch Dogs Tokyo.
Very little story details are available for Watch Dogs Tokyo but we can be sure that the game will continue the struggle between intrepid hackers and ex-black ops specialists fighting to take down oppressive technological systems. According to Manga Mogura RE, a manga news account, the series will be about “a special new infrastructure system” that is being “used by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to change people’s lives.”
This sounds a lot like the basic premise of the two primary Watch Dogs games, and according to Manga Mogura the corporation behind this new infrastructure system is “Bloom Japan,” which sounds a lot like the series’ nefarious conglomerate Blume Corporation. It’s safe to assume that “Bloom” is simply a phonetic rendition that’s emerged in the translation of information from Japanese to English.
Watch Dogs Tokyo won’t be the first time the techno thriller franchise has been adapted into sequential art — in 2019, Watch Dogs Return to Rocinha was published by Titan Comics — but it will be the first narrative extension set in a region located in the East. Kurage Bunch will be publishing the manga, with its first chapter dropping on April 12 as an online exclusive. Shirato Seiichi will be writing the story, while Kamo Syuhei handles art duties. Seiichi worked on the anime Princess Principal while Syuhei is best known for his work on Gangster: Cursed.
Previous stories such as the e-book, //n/Dark Clouds and the prequel novels for Watch Dogs Legion (Day Zero and Resistance Report) have primarily taken place in English speaking areas in the West. There’s also Stars and Stripes, an upcoming novel set in Baltimore that stars Aiden Pearce, last seen in Watch Dogs Legion – Bloodline (our review).
Personally, I have a soft spot for the Watch Dogs franchise. They’re still very much Ubisoft games with their Ubisoft ways, and their vision of technocratic-leaning dystopias isn’t always nuanced or well written, but it’s the only AAA open world franchise like it. Any attempt to expand that world into new locations and new characters is, on paper, interesting to say the least.