Watch Dogs Legion will hopefully arrive in 2020, with it being set in London and the third game in the franchise.
The game will depict England's capital in a futuristic post-Brexit metropolis, where gangs and rival factions battle on the streets.
The upcoming action-adventure game is developed by Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft.
Watch Dogs first launched back in 2014 and with an average wait time of two years between games, it's not a surprise we've seen a recent delay to allow for more development time.
Here's everything you need to know about Watch Dogs Legion.
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What Is Watch Dogs Legion?
The story puts you in the London branch of the DedSec hacker group, who are battling a regime that has taken control of the United Kingdom, via a state-of-the-art surveillance system called ctOS.
The big selling point to Legion is that every character you meet can be recruited and controlled, as you build up your very own resistance movement.
Each character has their own background and skillset – as well as providing a dynamic influence on the story.
“We chose London as a setting before the Brexit debate was even happening,” Watch Dogs Legion creative director Clint Hocking told PCGamesN, “and certainly before the vote.”
In what may or may not be another prescient design decision, Scotland is independent of the UK in Legion’s timeline.
It’s also worth saying that due to the nature of the game, there’s no ‘main’ protagonist’ as such – which could open up multiple storylines. Not confirmed, but would be very cool.
Watch Dogs Legion’s originally planned release date was March 6, 2020.
However, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed it’s been delayed to an unknown time in 2020 or 2021 (during the fiscal year, which doesn't begin until the 1st April 2020).
So why the delay? According to some media, apparently Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s poor reception has Ubisoft reconsidering the level of polish needed for launch.
Guillemot said that Ubisoft wants to ensure the “gameplay innovations” for each of its games “need to be perfectly implemented in order to offer an optimal experience.“
However, we will likely see Legion appear in this year’s E3, as well as making an appearance on the next-gen PS5, Xbox Series X and PC when it does finally land.
For now, the game is intending to launch for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Stadia
The big change here (as mentioned) is that you’re able to control every NPC in the game.
However, if your current DedSec operative dies, they’re gone forever. It’ll take some time to get to that point, though.
As reported in PC Gamer, the demo version revealed you can choose to be arrested the first time you’re incapacitated – it’s only if you keep fighting that you’ll get to the point of no return.
There are three main classes – Enforcer, Infiltrator and Hacker, first revealed by Ubisoft art director Josh Cook and lead game designer Mathieu Berube in a 30-minute Watch Dogs Legion playthrough at E3.
Once you recruit someone, you assign which class they are. Enforcers are, as the name suggests, combat-focused, while Infiltrators are more tailored to the stealthy approach encouraged in Watch Dogs 2.
They boast a nifty AR cloak, granting them invisibility for short periods of time.
The Hacker is more hands-off – choosing to disrupt and interfere with enemy tech to achieve their aims.
Just like the last games, there will be lethal and non-lethal options – the latter boasting more options than ever before.
In fact, Ubisoft confirmed half of the weapons are non-lethal.
We don’t know exactly how big the rendition of London, but PCGamesN claim it’ll take roughly half an hour to go from north to south, and west to east.
According to PC Gamer, it’ll consist of eight of London’s central boroughs – so expect to see major landmarks such as the London Eye and Piccadilly Circus (which also made an appearance in this year’s Call of Duty). Thankfully, fast travel will also feature.
Ubisoft hasn’t revealed many details about multiplayer what we do know is that the experience as the “springboard” into multiplayer.
For example, players will be able to join a team of up to four others, sharing progression between single-player and multi-player.
There are four pre-order options for the game – the standout version coming bundled with a mask and LED crown.