Don’t get too excited, but it seems like we’re going to actually get a Watch Dogs game that isn’t utter and complete trash. Watch Dogs: Legion, as the new installment is called, seems like a proper interesting thing. It was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 2019 presentation, and they’ve released a lengthy trailer with actual gameplay afterwards. Stranger things have happened, it’s just that I’m having a hard time naming any right now.
The story takes place in a dystopian version of London, one where surveillance reigns supreme and people are treated like cattle. So, like, just regular old London I guess? The people have had enough, and an organized resistance has gathered under the DeadSec flag. This is where you come in – you’re going to be playing as… all of them? No, really.
You’ll start off with just a few, but then you’ll go about recruiting people off the streets, and each of them will be a playable character with different skills. It’s an interesting notion, but what pushes it into “ambitious” is the fact that Ubisoft claims everyone will have a backstory and personality. It’s going to have to employ some pretty clever tricks in order to pull this off without feeling bland, to be honest. Since the project is being spearheaded by Clint Hocking, the man who also led the development of Far Cry 2, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Oh, and the characters will be able to die for real. No checkpoints, no reloads. When they get shot, they bleed out. Goodbye and thanks for all the fish. Whether we’ll grow attached to them and try to keep them alive or just treat them as cannon fodder remains to be seen. The game’s supposed to launch on March 6th next year, which is when all will be revealed.