Watch Dogs: Legion

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Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs Legion cover art.webp
Developer(s)Ubisoft Toronto[a]
Publisher(s)Ubisoft
Director(s)Clint Hocking
Platform(s)
ReleaseMarch 6, 2020
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Watch Dogs: Legion (stylized WATCH DOGS LΞGION) is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft, releasing for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia on March 6, 2020. It will be the third installment in the Watch Dogs series and the sequel to Watch Dogs 2. Set within a fictionalized version of London, the game will be playable from a third-person perspective, feature the ability to control multiple characters that can be recruited across the game's setting and can be permanently lost during the course of a playthrough, and navigate the open world either on-foot or by vehicle. The game will also feature an expanded cooperative multiplayer that will allow up to four players being able to working together across single-player and multiplayer modes.

The game's story focuses on the efforts of the London branch of hacker group DedSec in combatting a new authoritarian regime that has taken control of London and the rest of the United Kingdom, thanks to the advanced surveillance system known as ctOS. To assist in this, the group recruits allies from across the city, each with their own personal skills and background, recruiting them to their cause in order to liberate the city as a resistance force. Each character in the game will have their own background and skill set and provide a more dynamic influence to the game's narrative as the story progresses.

Gameplay[edit]

Watch Dogs: Legion is an action-adventure game played from a third-person perspective. The game is set within an open world, fictionalized representation of London,[2][3] which will encompass notable landmarks, boroughs, and cultural styles of the city. This future version of London is a surveillance state, where police constantly monitor the activities of citizens and deal with potential troublemakers, and where personal liberties have been vastly limited. The player will have the ability to navigate the city either by foot or using vehicles.[4] Unlike the previous games in the series which focused on the use of a single protagonist to drive the story's narrative, Legion features the ability to control multiple characters within the game's setting.[2][3] Each of these characters can be recruited through a unique mission, and have their own background and personal lives which dictates what special skills they have.[5]

Once a character is recruited into the player's roster, they are assigned to one of three classes - combat, stealth or hacking.[6] Characters can be improved by leveling them up over time through completing missions and activities, unlocking upgrades that can provide them with new tools and abilities, with each class featuring its own set of upgrades. In addition, the game features greater customization options for every character, and players can switch to another at any time. However, each character can become permanently unavailable during the course of a playthrough; in the event the currently controlled character is critically injured, players can choose to either make them surrender to their opponents and allow them to be rescued by another character, or attempt to resist and lose their pursuers at the risk of being killed in action and being permanently removed from the player's roster of playable characters, thus forcing the player to switch to another character.[5][7]

Players can also join a team of up to four players in cooperative gameplay, sharing progression between single-player and multiplayer modes.[1]

Development[edit]

Watch Dogs: Legion is being developed by Ubisoft Toronto,[1] with creative director Clint Hocking at the helm.[6] Additional work is provided by sister studios Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Kiev and Ubisoft Reflections.[1]

Upon its reveal at E3 2019, many outlets described the futuristic London setting as post-Brexit, what could potentially happen following the expected departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. This choice of setting became a point of debate in the media, as there are several political questions related to post-Brexit. Hocking stated that they had come onto the idea of this setting around a year and a half before the actual Brexit vote in 2016, and that while the game does involve Brexit, the intent was not to try to debate the nature of Brexit, but to show and debate elements already existing in the world today that lead to events such as Brexit.[8]

Release[edit]

Watch Dogs: Legion was teased by Ubisoft via Twitter on June 5, 2019, before its announcement at E3 2019,[9] where the game had its release date revealed as March 6, 2020.[2] It will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ubisoft ® Announces Watch Dogs®: Legion". Business Wire. June 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Fahey, Mike (June 10, 2019). "Watch Dogs Legion Looks Wild And Ambitious, Will Be Out In March". Kotaku. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Helm, Jordan (June 4, 2019). "Watch Dogs 3 Called Watch Dogs Legion, Set in London". Hardcore Gamer. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Talbot, Carrie (June 10, 2019). "Hijack London cabs in Watch Dogs Legion". PCGamesN. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Wakeling, Richard (June 11, 2019). "E3 2019: Watch Dogs Legion First Gameplay And Release Date Revealed". GameSpot. Archived from the original on June 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Webster, Andrew (June 10, 2019). "Watch Dogs Legion hands-on: an ambitious evolution of the series". The Verge. Archived from the original on June 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Makuch, Eddie (June 10, 2019). "Watch Dogs Legion Leaks Confirmed During Ubisoft E3 2019 Conference". GameSpot. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019.
  8. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (June 14, 2019). "Of course Watch Dogs: Legion made it onto the BBC". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Webster, Andrew (June 5, 2019). "Ubisoft teases Watch Dogs Legion ahead of E3". The Verge. Archived from the original on June 5, 2019.