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Watch Dogs 2 Dev Detail New Ways To Hack, Gives “Freedom To Play The Way They Want”

While this month’s announcement of Watch Dogs 2 — Ubisoft’s future tech open-world caper — might not have come as a huge surprise given the success of the 2014 original, it’s nevertheless a welcome return for a new IP with some big ideas. Doubly so, given that the team behind it seems keen to push forward the template they laid down the first time around.

Watch Dogs 2 Game Director, Danny Belanger, has said that the upcoming title will feature several new ways to hack and will allow players more freedom with at least three different play styles. In an interview with PlayStation Blog, Watch Dogs 2 Game Director Danny Belanger explained the kind of upgrades they did, which allows players to hack “big data,” which refers to websites with large amounts of data in them like social media and search engines. The game will also give you the ability to perform multiple hacks on anybody around you, instead of the first game’s simple hack.

The three play styles are as follows the combat hacker, the ghost hacker, and the trickster hacker. The combat hacker will be more aggressive, and will use hacks to take down the enemy. The ghost hacker will use hacks to distract the enemy, and make noises. The final hacker is the Trickster hacker, who can finish an entire mission without physically being there.

"We’re taking these technologies, looking at them, and asking what the risks are, what can happen, what could a hacker do? And we’ve found that we can create some super-interesting situations."

Players will now be able to hack anything that’s connected. Where the first game focused on simple patterns, Watch Dogs 2 will allow players to carry out multiple hacks on every single person. Belanger further said:

"The player has the freedom to play the way they want. We’re using three playstyles to talk about the game. The combat hacker — who is more proactive and uses hacks to take down people. There’s the ghost hacker — they can use hacks to distract and make noises. And then there’s the trickster hacker. They can finish a whole mission without actually physically being there."

Players will not have to pick a specific way to play through out the whole game. You can play one style one day, and switch to another one the next. I'm excited for Watch Dogs 2. I've enjoyed the gameplay and the hacking elements of the first game, so I'm expecting that I'll also enjoy playing the sequel.

Watch Dogs 2 will be out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 15.


Related Game(s): Watch Dogs

6/28/2016 12:46:51 AM Drew Constantino

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 12:38:19 PM

After the hype of the first with it turning out to be very meh I wont buy this unless it gets crazy good reviews.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 7:44:33 PM

I don't have high hopes. Ubisoft as we know don't care about story anymore. No, their games focus on open world mayhem now. Fact is, those AC1/2 days are over. Now it's Division, Wild Lands,AC spinoff open world mayhem now. Now this isn't a bad thing, but I have lost interest in this type of play style without a good story to motivate.

Plus I wasn't a fan of the hacking in WD1. Nor do I care for the cliche hacker group style I see here. I have to read/listen to reviews first.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 7:01:43 PM

I loved the first one...still play it.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 7:34:18 PM

I didn't like the vibe that I felt from the first game so I never played it. This sequel might do the trick.

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