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Watch Dogs 2 will be free to own during Ubisoft's upcoming digital showcase

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The Ubisoft Forward digital conference will take place this weekend, showcasing games including Assassin's Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab), Watch Dogs Legion (opens in new tab), Hyper Scape (opens in new tab), and probably a few others. And even if you're not terribly interested in such things, it might be worth your time to tune in, because Ubi will also be giving away some free stuff, including the 2016 hackin' action game Watch Dogs 2 (opens in new tab).

The pre-show will begin at 10:30 am PT/1:30 pm ET on July 12, during which "the Ubisoft news team and friends" will be playing Trackmania (opens in new tab), before rolling into the main show at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. Anyone who logs in to Uplay between the end of the Trackmania session and the end of the main show will be able to claim a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 on their Ubisoft account, and will also be able to take a shot at trivia questions to win rewards for a variety of other Ubisoft games.

Ubisoft also dropped a new "line-up reveal" video today, which you can see up above, with clips from expected games and a couple of others, including The Crew and Trials Rising. One game absent from the trailer (unless I missed it, which is always a possibility) is Far Cry 6. Ubisoft hasn't officially announced a new Far Cry, but it's been a couple of years since the last one (Far Cry New Dawn was a spinoff, so I'm not counting it) and a rumor that it will feature Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito (opens in new tab)  as the bad guy has recently been making the rounds, so I remain hopeful.

The Ubisoft Forward digital showcase will be livestreamed on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer, which in case you hadn't heard will be closing on July 22—just 10 days after the Ubisoft stream. Full details are up at ubisoft.com (opens in new tab).

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.