Pioneer has failed before it even got started.
The sci-fi game discovered in a secret trailer hidden in Watch Dogs 2 has been canned, according to former studio employees.
Former creative director Alex Hutchinson tweeted out a link to the in-game trailer that was discovered in 2016, saying “RIP Pioneer”. Former Ubisoft animator, Jonathan Cooper, sent out a similar tweet.
The game was codenamed Pioneer, and was reportedly a space exploration game expected to be officially announced in 2017.
At the time of its discovery, Kotaku reported that development had hit a hurdle, with Ubisoft replacing “many of the leads” on the game, resulting in it being “retooled.”
“When they decided to make the Easter egg in Watch Dogs 2 they didn’t know it was going to be like this so it’s a bit awkward,” a second source said.
Some had wondered whether Pioneer had eventually become Starlink: Battle for Atlas, but it seems this game was never formally announced before its untimely demise.