During its E3 2019 Briefing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs Legion, its latest installment into the hacking-focused open-world franchise that gives players the opportunity to “play as anyone” in a near-future take on England’s capital city, London.
In Watch Dogs Legion, London is facing its downfall. People are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state, a corrupt private military corporation controls the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the most vulnerable. It’s up to the player to build up a resistance to fight back against the emergence of an authoritarian regime.
Every Londoner in this British open world has been “fully simulated,” according to Ubisoft, with a persistent life and backstory. Players can recruit anyone from the population into their team. “From an MI5 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, from a brilliant hacker to an illegal street racer, or from a rising football star to a geriatric grandma, anyone can join the resistance and become the hero of the story,” Ubisoft says.
Each character in Watch Dogs Legion also has its own unique gameplay traits, based on their profile. Once recruited, players choose their class, level them up and unlock new abilities and upgrades. They can easily swap between them and approach various missions and objectives however they desire. Whether it’s through smart hacking techniques and the use of drones, or by stealth, melee or combat, lethal or non-lethal, players are given freedom in how they choose to take back London.
Choices made in Watch Dogs Legion also come with real consequences. For example, if non-lethal force is used, the enemy attempts to subdue and arrest the player. But if firearms are used by the player, their characters could be wounded or even permanently killed. Players can also bring their unique team of Londoners online and team up with friends in four-player co-op, all whilst sharing their progression between single-player and online.
Developed by Ubisoft Toronto, Watch Dogs Legion will be available on March 6th, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, as well as the Google Stadia streaming platform. In addition to the Standard Edition featuring the base game, Ubisoft also announced Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Editions for Watch Dogs Legion. The Gold Edition features the Season Pass and all its downloadable content, whilst the Ultimate Edition includes all this and more exclusive digital content, including four weeks of VIP Status that allows you to accumulate experience and currency at a faster rate.
Meanwhile, the Collector’s Edition includes all aforementioned bonuses, as well as an LED “Ded Coronet” Mask Replica – also insanely made available in-game, an exclusive Steelbook, a set of three stickers and a double-sided propaganda poster – all inspired by the game's universe. The Collector’s Edition is exclusive to the Ubisoft Store.
Anybody who purchases the Gold, Ultimate or Collector’s Edition will benefit from 3 days of early access ahead of the standard release date. Those who pre-order will also receive the Golden King Pack with the “Uneasy Lies” Mask Skin, the “Serpent Sisters” Pistol Skin and the “Lux” Car Skin.
Watch Dogs Legion will also be available on Uplay+, the new Ubisoft subscriptions service for PC launching this September, which allows unlimited access to more than 100 games for $14.99 per month. Ubisoft games will be available day-in-date at launch on Uplay+ and come with their Ultimate Edition and Gold Edition content. That means access to all relevant downloadable content, game expansions and Season Pass bonuses. Uplay+ members also benefit from new release early access initiatives and exclusive beta programs.
Moreover, Ubicollectibles also revealed Watch Dogs Legion: Resistant of London, its new figurine inspired directly from the world of Watch Dogs. This 26cm figurine shows a DedSec operative in an iconic pose, wearing either the “Winston” mask or the “King of Hearts” mask (as two switchable masks will be included) and stepping defiantly on an Albion mercenary’s helmet as a proud member of London's resistance. The operative is also holding a burnt Black Jack flag, the symbol of the city’s decay. It also includes a code to unlock “King of Hearts” in-game mask.
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