Back at it with the hacking.
After a series of leaks and poorly timed ads, Ubisoft finally pulled back the curtain on Watch Dogs 2 today during their live stream. We already know that the game will star a brand new protagonist and be set in a new location, but Ubisoft went further than just a pretty little trailer.
Our protagonist this time around is Marcus Holloway. Fed up with injustices of the city and being accused of crimes he didn’t commit, he turned to hacking. Ubisoft wanted Marcus to be better at parkour and fighting than Aiden, both in terms of experience in flow. He has a billiard ball attached to a lanyard that he swings around and uses in combat. Think Delsin’s chain in Infamous: Second Son.
San Francisco in the game keeps “all the important parts of the Bay Area”, according to Ubisoft, but they wanted to have their own feel to it. They want the world to feel alive and want NPCs to react to each other and other things besides just you. San Fran is home of some of the biggest tech companies in the world, which will play a factor into things and let you hack their fictional counterparts in the game. Various hacking groups are at play here, in addition to the corporations themselves.
Watch Dogs 2 will let you have more control in how you hack the world. You can supposedly hack every character and car in the game, plus most of the electronics in the city itself. Later in the game, you’ll be able to hack everyone in your sight with the ability called Mass Hacking. Not to mention your own equipment, which allows you to make guns from 3D printers, including a taser. Marcus also has an RC jumper that has a little arm, plus a quadcopter that gives him a first person view of the area. You can project yourself on computer screens and manipulate folks to get what you want. Basically, if you want to stealth it up or go full on assault, the game will be tuned to your specifications.
Multiplayer has also been expanded upon. If you come across a friend in the game, you can walk up to them and form a co-op team. Ubisoft didn’t say much more about it, but they’ll be expanding upon it in the coming months. Until then, we’ll have to wait.
Watch Dogs 2 comes to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15.