Today, Ubisoft revealed that Watch_Dogs 2
will be coming to Xbox One on November 15, 2016. The game began development immediately following the release of the first game and the developers have spent the last two years implementing changes and improvements based on player feedback to ensure the second entry is even better than the first.
In case you missed it, here is the cinematic reveal trailer that capped off the announcement stream earlier today:
The game is set in the San Francisco Bay area. You play Marcus, a young hacker with an axe to grind - he was framed for a crime he didn't commit. The bay area has just adopted ctOS 2.0, so there's a lot to fight against. Marcus will take advantage of social media and will gain the help of his fellow hackers as he continues the story. There'll be tons of side missions so you can decide the order in which you want to progress the game. While you will gain followers, missions won't be locked behind follower requirements so you can be sure you can do almost anything in any order.
Players will explore the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0’s predictive algorithms and is accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus’ quest to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is the ultimate weapon, and players can not only hack into the city’s infrastructure but also every person and any connected device they possess to trigger unpredictable chains of events. With the ability to take control of drones, cars, cranes, security robots, and much more at their disposal, players can choose whether to use stealth hacking to complete missions without killing a single enemy or go guns blazing for a more ferocious approach. In this vast open world, players can hack their way through traffic while engaging in dangerous car chases through the winding streets of San Francisco, traverse the rooftops of the vibrant neighborhoods of Oakland, and infiltrate the offices of cutting-edge companies in Silicon Valley.
If you'd like to hear more about Marcus and how the developers researched and created the world, check no farther than this developer diary:
Interested in Marcus alone? Well there's a video for that as well:
If you missed the world reveal stream earlier today, you can experience it first hand in the archived version
of the 18-minute event. The release of the game will, in typical Ubisoft fashion for a AAA release, come in three different varieties:
- Deluxe Edition includes the Game, an exclusive sleeve, a San Francisco Map, lithographs and the Deluxe pack of digital customization items.
- Gold Edition includes the Game, the Deluxe pack and the Season Pass.
- San Francisco Edition with its Collector’s box, includes the game, extra digital content: The Deluxe pack and Zodiac killer mission, the Marcus Figurine, SF-themed laptop stickers, lithographs, and a San Francisco Map.
Players who preorder the game will gain access to the "Zodiac Killer" mission DLC, where Marcus will investigate a copy-cat Zodiac Killer. Watch_Dogs 2
is coming November 15, 2016. We'll no doubt get more information next week at E3. Stay tuned here.