Ubisoft officially announced Watch Dogs 2 today, the game will be the newest installment in the popular WATCH_DOGS franchise. The game will release worldwide on November 15 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
WATCH_DOGS 2 has been in development for the last two years according to the publisher, the original creative team behind the Watch Dogs brand also worked on the sequel.
The game will once again tackle the topics of data security and personal privacy, the cornerstone of the Watch Dogs brand. The first game was released back in 2014, and it was quite a success for Ubisoft at the time.
WATCH_DOGS 2 will offer a fictional environment, “linked to challenges players can relate to,” according to today’s announcement. The game will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area with Marcus Holloway as the lead character.
Players enter a massive open world environment as San Francisco becomes the latest city to adopt ctOS 2.0. Players will remember that is the advanced operating system networking the city infrastructure. Now the service has fallen into the wrong hands, and ctOS 2.0 can be used to invasively control and manipulate everyday citizens.
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 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.
“Our creative team is working hard to deliver an outstanding WATCH_DOGS experience,” said Dominic Guay, senior producer, Ubisoft Montreal. “In WATCH_DOGS 2, we’re excited to give players a captivating storyline with engaging characters that offers deeper, more meaningful hacking options, a greater variety of gadgets and weapons, and a brand new seamless multiplayer experience that will appeal to fans of the original WATCH_DOGS as well as players new to the brand.”
In addition to the standard game, several editions are available for pre-order:
Players can choose the Deluxe Edition of the Game, which includes an exclusive sleeve, a San Francisco Map, lithographs and the Deluxe pack of digital customization items.
The Gold Edition includes the Game, the Deluxe pack and the Season Pass.
The San Francisco Edition comes with a Collector’s box, includes the game, extra digital content (The Deluxe pack and Zodiac killer mission) a Marcus Figurine, SF-themed laptop stickers, lithographs, and a San Francisco Map.
Found exclusively on the Uplay shop, fans of the franchise can pre-order Wrench Junior Robot Collector’s Pack and The return of DedSec Collector’s Case.
The return of DedSec Collector’s Case contains the Gold Edition and DedSec themed memorabilia including among other collector items, the DedSec art Marcus figurine, Marcus’ scarf and cap replica and an exclusive 64 page artbook.
The Wrench Junior Robot Collector’s Pack includes the Gold Edition and a 20cm replica of the ingame Wrench Junior robot, controlled by an app (Iphone or Android).
Players who pre-order any edition get an extra mission named Zodiac Killer. In that mission a copycat of the Zodiac Killer is murdering people and taunting the police with coded messages. Players have to decrypt the codes and hunt down the killer to complete the mission and get an additional exclusive outfit.
You can check out the pre-order and DLC offerings on retail sites like Amazon.com.