On November 15 2016 Ubisoft plans to launch Watch Dogs 2, an action-adventure game with stealth elements, which predecessor, Watch Dogs, became known worldwide in 2014. The game will be available on PS4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One.
In the fictionalized version of San Francisco, the player controls Marcus Holloway, a hacker from DedSec group whose main goal is to take down an advanced surveillance system, ctOS 2.0. Travelling may be done either on foot or by vehicle of any kind, such as cars, trucks, motorbikes, quad bikes or boats. The driving experience was made more accessible to the players, with the option of shooting weapons while driving added. Also the main character’s acrobatic skills, including parkour, were improved in order to increase the gameplay experience.
There are different modes with which the player may complete mission: an aggressive approach (by using guns, mines or customized weapons like thunderball – a billiard ball attached to a bungee cord), a stealth approach (by evading the enemies or teasing them) or by hacking. Once the missions are completed, the count of DedSec will increase simultaneously. The player will also need to look out for their crime accounts – once it’s too high, the police will become alerted and will try to arrest the player.
The multiplayer mode is also available in the Watch Dogs 2 in which the player may fight other players in one-on-one combat. Other players can also join forces in order to neutralize a rough players responsible for causing an active havoc in game.
An area of fictionalized San Francisco is two times larger than it was in Watch Dogs and includes six playable areas: the downtown area, Civic, Coast, Oakland, Marin and Silicon Valley. All of the mentioned places have different characteristics and aesthetics. Also, the game upgrade system will vary, depending on the style of player’s approach. Three categories of upgrade are available: Stealth, Aggressor and Trickster.
While developing Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft took into consideration the feedbacks from the first game. Additionally, they consulted actual hackers in order to increase the validity of the script and game mechanics.