Watch Dogs 2 coming this November

We gathered some of the initial details from today's livestream.

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Ubisoft has unveiled Watch Dogs 2 in a livestream, and as previously expected, the game is set in San Francisco with an all new hero Marcus Holloway. And most importantly, Ubisoft plans to deliver the game on November 15 of this year.

San Francisco in the game will be a combination of many of the different parts of the Bay area. The idea is to build a world that is alive and reacts to itself. Senior producer Dominic Guay said that the open-world game will not purely focus on the player. "We want you to feel the world is alive even if you do nothing."

San Francisco was also chosen because it is the tech capital and has a lot of hacking potential with some of the biggest tech companies in the world. As part of the live world, there will be various criminal groups fighting over the underground of the city, as well as megacorporations trying to manipulate people in society. And ctOS, the smart city system installed in the first Watch Dogs, also runs San Francisco.

The new hero, Marcus Holloway, was created to embody the spirit of the city. He is a brilliant hacker from Oakland who has seen a lot of injustice in the city, while even experiencing it first hand by being profiled and falsely accused of a crime. Marcus will use parkour a lot more than Aiden of the original, with a lot of motion capture being used to get the moves right and even better than the first game.

Plenty of research was done on what types of melee weapons could be used and the dev team came up with the idea of a billiard ball attached to paracord. The speed of the weapon will make it quite interesting to play with. There will also be more crafted items allowing for non-lethal playthroughs of the game.

Marcus will be part of a group of Dedsec hackers, and there will be more depth and flexibility in hacking. Vehicles can be hacked, alowing remote driving. Everything can be hacked: every person, every vehicle, every item. And marcus will have more toys at his disposal to get his missions accomplished. Mass hackings will be allowed.

The game will also have co-op gameplay. You can come across people playing the game single-player and since you are all in Dedsec, you can team up and play together. The co-op part of the game will be shown in more detail in the next few months.

Guay said he spent months looking at feedback on the original Watch Dogs to see what players wanted to do but couldn't, as well as what they didn't like. That brought the dev team to the conclusion that they had to make a sequel. "With Watch Dogs 2, we feel we can really deliver on the fantasy of being a hacker."

The game is set to be released on November 15 this year.

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From The Chatty
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    June 8, 2016 9:17 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Watch Dogs 2 unveiled in livestream

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      June 8, 2016 9:19 AM

      Seriously, what the hell is going to be at E3, announcement wise at this point haha. Are they just going to fully focus on the upgraded consoles or something. The amount of reveals/announcements this week has been crazy.

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        June 8, 2016 9:20 AM

        It's been worse and worse every year.

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          June 8, 2016 9:22 AM

          I know we all joke E3 is "dying" but this just seems odd. My assumption is getting this shit out of the way this week means they can focus on gameplay and demos next week but I have ZERO clue.

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            June 8, 2016 9:43 AM

            Announcing products at E3 has always been tricky; news flies fast and furiously, and every announcement gets about 30 seconds to breath before the next one steamrolls over it. By announcing games in advance, you reach your audience before every other game developer is competing for their time, and get them hyped for what YOU'LL be bringing to E3.

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        June 8, 2016 8:22 PM

        Does it cost mucho dollars for a vendor to be at E3?

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      June 8, 2016 1:55 PM

      I have to say it looks really cool I am looking forward to it. I am glad they added the parkour should make traversing the world pretty cool. A lot of other cool concepts in their and refinements, I hope the PC version is really solid.

      look like E3 will just be solid gameplay of all the games since all the main stuff is out of the way, I hope so.

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        June 9, 2016 4:08 AM

        When they first showed the parkour rooftop jump I was wondering if they were turning Watch_Dogs2 into a FPS.

        I wouldn't be surprised if it had a first-person mode a'la GTA V.

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      June 8, 2016 8:16 PM

      Somehow the trailer for this one grabbed me while footage of the first one never did (even pre-graphics nerf). I got a copy of the first game for free and never played it.

      I love how in this trailer they are constantly showing scenes of in-game rendered server rooms to make the hacking theme seem more realistic. It's cute :D

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        June 9, 2016 4:05 AM

        I think when you play the first WATCH_DOGS you will understand why they keep showing server rooms.

        At least in the first game you always had to hack a server room at the end of your missions and these were done via puzzle mini-games where you have to advance the flow of data from a start point to an end point by unlocking different paths and finding the correct routes.

        UbiSoft toyed with these types of mini-games in the Assassin's Creed franchise.