Hey there hackers, are you ready to build the resistance and liberate London? Watch Dogs: Legion is coming out in a few short days so it’s time to dust of your mask and get ready to fight in the DedSec Resistance! Watch Dogs: Legion has been a long time coming since its delay from March 6th of this year. I know that was only 10 months ago but really it feels like 20 years have already passed. But now we’re finally getting the game in a few days on October 29th 2020 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
If you missed out on playing any of the Watch Dogs franchise I’m sure you’re not alone. That’s not to say that Watch Dogs 2 is not an amazing game, it is, and if you’re into the open-world sandbox, Grand Theft Auto like games then you should definitely be picking it up. It’s just that Watch Dogs 2 launched in 2016 aka the year of the Nintendo Switch. Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn was out and let’s just say we got busy. There was a lot going on. In the game, you play as a hacker that’s fighting corrupt surveillance from the shadows. It’s an interesting theme that hits too close to home sometimes and it seems that Ubisoft has only amplified this in the Watch Dogs: Legion sequel.
Set in the near future, London has fallen and a corrupt private military corporation has been hired to govern the people. After the devastating terror attacks caused by a mysterious entity called Zero Day this military corporation controls the streets. While in the background a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the vulnerable. The fate of London lies with the people and the resistance.
The Story So Far
Watch Dogs doesn’t have a set cast or location, instead, it focuses on the common theme of the exploitation of technology by greedy corporations. The first Watch Dogs followed a hacker named Aiden Pearce. Set in Chicago he has to protect his family after a job goes wrong. Watch Dogs 2 starred Marcus Holloway, who sets out to take down San Francisco’s unethical surveillance technology. He’s wrongly labelled as a suspect in a crime he did not commit.
In Watch Dogs: Legion we’ve left the US altogether for the European Union or in this case just the UK. Post-Brexit, a new terrorist organisation known as Zero Day attacks the city of London. In the government’s panic, a new private military organisation known as Albion takes over and thrusts London under their new fascist authoritarian regime. On top of this, a criminal organisation known as Clan Kelley has been wreaking havoc in the city’s underground.
Dire days. But if there’s no one to defend London then it looks like the people will just have to take care of it themselves. Take to the streets, almost everyone in London is playable, provided you can convince them to join the resistance.
Watch Dogs: Legion Gameplay
Like its predecessors, Watch Dogs: Legion will feature a mix of parkour exploration and platforming. Get into melee fights and shoot outs, and of course hacking.
One of the biggest changes and core mechanic in gameplay is the ability to recruit and switch between different characters. Each recruitable character comes with their own set of skills and weaponry. If you need a hacker with a helicopter drone call a Drone Expert, if you need a smoke grenade then call the Anarchist. Your army is made up of a myriad of different people and skills – use them wisely.
If you want to recruit a certain character, you’ll need to first profile them in the open world and reveal their background information. Different people may be more or less susceptible to joining DedSec, and it’s up to you to convince them that it’s worth their time. A team of up to 20 members can be recruited at any given time, and you’ll be able to switch between them whenever you’d like. They’re out in the world jsut waiting for you to call on them through.
Be sure to take good care of your operatives though, because once they’re dead, they’re gone for good. That’s right, Watch Dogs: Legion features permadeath. You’ll have a chance to save them if you get downed, you’ll be able to choose to either continue fighting or surrender. Should you surrender, you’ll just lose access to your recruit as they go to jail, where you’ll have a chance to break them out. But if you choose to fight with your last life and die, there’s no accessing that operative.
Some Of The Recruitable Characters
– Construction worker – Has a wrench, nail gun, cargo drone, and access to uniform
– Street artist – Comes equipped with a paintball gun and paint bomb for disorientation
– Drone Expert – Has a shock drone, drone swarm, and hacking abilities
– Football hooligan – Takes less damage and can rally friends to help out in a fight
– Spy – Comes equipped with a fancy car and silencer
– Anarchist – Has a smoke grenade to obscure the enemy’s vision and a bandana to protect against gas
– Paramedic – Access to a uniform and ambulance, could be handy
– Hitman – Able to do instant gun takedowns and dodge, comes equipped with a desert eagle
– Hacker – Hacking abilities, increased hacking cooldown, and the ability to deploy and engineer
– Getaway Driver – Custom vehicle, anti-chase, hack vehicles to clear the way
With Watch Dogs: Legion’s concept of building an army in mind, it makes sense that you can play Watch Dogs: Legion co-op with up to four friends. The online multiplayer mode of the game will be available on December 3rd as part of a free game update for all players.
Expect a GTA V Online style of free-roam open-world co-op where players can team up with their friends and explore the city of London. This of course comes with side activities as well as new co-op missions. There will also be PvP mode, Spiderbot Arena, where four-to-eight players control armed spider bots and compete in a high-intensity free-for-all deathmatch