First Look At Watch Dogs 2 [Now With More Official Info]


Ubisoft released a shorter version of their big Watch Dogs 2 reveal trailer sightly ahead of time on Twitch last night. Today, they expanded more on what we can expect from the game when it hits this fall.


Here’s the full trailer, which is a bit longer than the one that ran last night:

In the following promotional show, Ubisoft Montreal developers talked about some of the new features coming to the game.

  • Sounds like San Francisco will be getting an upgrade to ctOS, the surveillance system from the first Watch Dogs, which made it possible for hackers to completely destroy whole city blocks with their phones. It also made people safer, but mostly it’s fun for hackers.
  • The main character, Marcus Holloway, is a young black man from Oakland. He was falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit, so he’s out to fight the system, or something along those lines. His melee weapon of choice is a billiard ball tied to a lanyard, which operates like a sort of DIY mace. Here’s his introduction trailer:
  • Marcus is a member of Dedsec, the hacker group from the first game. The devs say they’re going to embrace more of a sense of anarchic fun with their hackers this time around, instead of making everyone a super-serious ravegoer like in the first game.
  • You’ll be able to hack a lot more stuff in the game, naturally. The biggest thing they showed is the ability to fully hack cars, which lets you hop behind the wheel and drive vehicles around the city a la Driver San Francisco. It looks cool.
  • Marcus also has a small RC car he can drive around and use to trick enemies and manipulate the environment.
  • The devs say they’ve improved the driving, which was notably poor in the first game. Better physics, more distinct handling for different sorts of cars, etc.
  • You’ll have lots of options for approaching each scenario, much like in the first game. You can go pure hacking, pure stealth, pure action, or even, they said, nonlethal.
  • The online stuff looks interesting; at times during the singleplayer you’ll come across other players in their games and be able to emote at them and otherwise interact.
  • Per a post on the PlayStation blog, the city of SF will be unlocked from the start. No towers to hack in order to get access.
  • Most crucially, there will be actual dogs in Watch Dogs 2:
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You can watch the full reveal show here:

Watch Dogs 2 will be out on November 15. We’ll doubtless see more of the game next week at E3.


Luke Plunkett