Watch Dogs 2 To Be Released On November 15 For PS4 and Xbox One
After previous teasers and numerous leaks, Ubisoft Montreal officially revealed more of Watch Dogs 2 during a livestream today, shedding light on the game's setting, characters, and "fully hackable" world. Players will be exploring the San Francisco Bay area on this sequel game.
As the follow-up to 2014's title focused on an open-world laced with surveillance technology and mobile phones, Watch Dogs 2 will once again place us in the shoes of a hacker. The focus of this title, however, is less on mass surveillance, and more on predictive algorithms that dictate what advertisements the game's inhabitants see, how likely they are to lead successful careers, and even what healthcare the government deems necessary for each person.
This title's protagonist is Marcus Holloway, an African-American from across the Bay in Oakland, where he witnessed profiling and police brutality during much of his young life. As a gifted hacker, he develops his skills with an interest in societal impact, and righting the wrongs he sees as he grows up.
As a member of the burgeoning hacker group DedSec, Holloway finds, assists, and teams up with other hackers in the Bay Area. As director Danny Bélanger told GameSpot during a recent presentation at Ubisoft Montreal, Watch Dogs 2 emphasizes a team effort over the lone wolf approach of the original Watch Dogs' protagonist Aiden Pierce.
Holloway's outgoing disposition isn't the only thing that sets him apart from Pierce. Holloway is much more athletic and scrappy, using his athleticism to navigate the concrete of San Francisco and Oakland, and wielding DIY weapons against his enemies: his go-to choice is a thin rope wound through a billiard ball.
"Marcus is much more expressive, both in his behavior and in his fighting style," creative director Jonathan Morin said. "He's going to feel completely different than Aiden. There's a different flow to his approach."
Ubisoft promises Watch Dogs 2 offers more control and flexibility in hacking. Players can hack every character, every vehicle and most of the electronics in the city. Later in the game, Marcus will be able to hack groups of people, too. Plus, he can drive most vehicles.
Marcus has a few special hacking tools, including an RC car with an extendable arm and a quadcopter used mainly for scouting. Players can use the drone to fly over the Bay Area in a first-person view. Eventually, Marcus will get his hands on 3D-printed weapons, as well.
Players in single-player mode will occasionally run into other actual, live players running around the city -- they're all members of Dedsec, meaning they're your friends. Ubisoft developers say hacking is a lifestyle and they want to respect that culture in Watch Dogs 2.
"We have a world that encourages you to explore the Bay Area, and it rewards you for meeting other people in the world, playing cooperatively, and completing quests to gain followers for DedSec," Bélanger said. "We're encouraging the world [building] team to push all of their ingredients farther."
Watch Dogs 2 is scheduled for release on November 15, 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Gran Turismo Sport is also scheduled to release on November 15, which means PS4 owners will have a chance to buy 2 great games on that day. Since Ubisoft will not release an Assassins Creed game this year, I'll definitely be getting Watch Dogs 2 instead. How about you guys? What are your thoughts for Watch Dogs 2?
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6/9/2016 1:50:26 AM Drew Constantino