-February 1, 2020 1:00 am EDT-
By: Nick Lehner
Watch Dogs Legion | Details and Delays
The Old versus the New
When Watchdogs arrived in 2014 it was an ambitious action adventure RPG set in a grim world. Players could explore and interact with an impressive open world. Ubisoft’s unique approach to an open world action RPG held incredible potential. However its lack of depth and polish left players wanting. The games sequel sharing a similar fate.
The upcoming third installation in the franchise, Watch Dogs Legion, looks to change that. Players are immersed in an intense story driven world. Similar to Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed Odyssey the game will focus on narrative, and in game relationships as the story progresses. Its incredible realism, attention to detail, and player immersion is something the franchise desperately needs. Here is everything known so far about the upcoming title.
Breaking Down Gameplay
DedSec returns in Watch Dogs Legion, taking on a newly established authoritarian government that has taken over the dystopian city state of London. Watch Dogs allows players to interact with millions of NPC’s throughout the city. Recruit them to your cause with no limitations, building DedSec along the way.
Each NPC has their own backstory, character traits and skill sets. Ubisoft also introduced a new feature, permadeath. No more starting the mission over if you get killed. If your character dies in game then you can no longer play as them. Instead you will have to move on to another DedSec recruit. Developers explained that they want Legion to be a grounded experience where every choice has consequences.
Developers also touched on the three different game specialists: Enforcer, Hacker, and Infiltrator. The Enforcer class is designed for heavy hitting and comes equipped with a sticky bomb perfect for clearing a crowd of enemies. The Hacker is your iconic Watchdogs role. The class comes with a remotely controlled robotic spider, and a unique ability to hack into any surveillance, security, or computer system. Infiltrator focuses on stealth boasting the ability to temporally become invisible.
Watch Dogs Delayed
Watch Dogs has lacked player immersion in the past. The first two entries delivered one dimensional characters and stories alongside bland NPC’s. Ubisoft plans to take this problem head on as they drop players into the post Brexit world of Watch Dogs Legion. Originally slated for a March 6, 2020 release date, that game has since been delayed.
With Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 falling well short of sales expectations, Ubisoft has pumped the breaks on several future titles, Legion included. The games release date has been pushed back to the 2020-21 fiscal year starting in April. In a recent Financial statement released by Ubisoft, CEO Yves Guillemot said, “Our strategy of introducing gameplay innovations in our games has had a very positive impact on our brands. However, to win over players, these innovations need to be perfectly implemented in order to offer an optimal experience.”
Watch Dogs is an ambitious title with an unbelievable level of immersion. If Ubisoft can learn from its mistakes, some of them being very recent, then the sky is the limit. Ubisoft re-imagined its Assassins Creed franchise with great success when it launched Origin's (2017) and Odyssey. (2018) However, their two most recent titles in Ghost Recon, and Far Cry New Dawn both failed to deliver in 2019. Watch Dogs Legion will release some time between late 2020 and early 2021. With extra time to develop we can only hope Watch Dogs Legion will live up to expectations.