Watch Dogs Legion is officially the third open-world game in the anarchic, tech-savvy series. Leaked ahead of the biggest videogame show on Earth – as is customary for Ubisoft titles by this point – it has since been confirmed that the third chapter will be one of the many E3 2019 games we expect to see more from the interactive entertainment bonanza in LA.
We’ve only got a few titbits to go on so far – and nothing at all when it comes to a Watch Dogs Legion release date – but some news and setting details have filtered out already, accidentally or otherwise. The first and obvious thing is that it is not called Watch Dogs 3, as many of us had expected. We’re also aware of rumours as to the new location you’ll be exploring and some pretty impressive NPC tech, so we’re here to round up everything you need to know.
The previous game is something of an overlooked gem this generation: Watch Dogs 2’s PC gameplay and tone rivalled even GTA 5 in its best moments, but was swallowed up by the myriad impressive sandbox games that also landed in that time, such as Horizon: Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Either way, a few years on from the second game, we’re ready for another technologically-enhanced Ubisoft world – so hopefully the Watch Dogs Legion release date isn’t too far away. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming PC game so far.
Watch Dogs Legion release date
Since the second game released in 2016, we’ve been waiting a few years for a new entry to the series. Also, Ubisoft has made a habit in the recent past of having a rather short window between reveal and release: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launched in the same year as it was revealed, and the same thing is planned for Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
— Watch Dogs Legion (@watchdogsgame) June 4, 2019
So, if we were the betting kind, we’d guess that the Watch Dogs Legion release date is November 2019, roughly. That’s simple conjecture as we have zero launch information to go on, and there’s no way of ruling out that the game will land on a mouse and keyboard near you next year instead.
Moreover, a financial report in May 2019 revealed that three of the next Ubisoft games will be released before April 2020, with one of those being Breakpoint – could Legion be one of those? Either way, we know from the tweet above that we’ll be able to enjoy the full reveal at E3 2019.
Watch Dogs Legion news
If everything had gone to plan, Watch Dogs Legion would have been announced at E3 2019. However, a Watch Dogs Legion leak appeared via an Amazon UK listing for the game.
The leak was quickly plugged with the listing disappearing from the internet, but not before internet aficionados – who’d probably fare pretty well as members of Watch Dogs 2’s secret hacking collective, DedSec – managed to get their hands on further information about the game’s setting, intriguing gameplay features, and more.
Other than that, we don’t have much Watch Dogs Legion news to go on. That said, expect plenty more details following Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference on Monday June 10, 2019 at 9pm BST (1pm PDT / 4pm EDT).
Watch Dogs Legion NPCs
The headline feature that leaked from the Amazon UK listing concerned the game’s non-playable characters that reportedly are, err, playable. This would essentially mean that you can inhabit anybody you encounter in the game’s world. The listing (via Kotaku) read: “Play as anyone. Every individual you meet in the open world has a full set of animations, voice over, character traits and visuals that are generated & guided by gameplay systems.”
Kotaku continue by suggesting that systems this complex could have caused internal delays and development difficulties, but these are as yet unconfirmed. This could mean that you will experience in-game events at different times depending on the NPC you’re inhabiting.
This system seems to be backed up by the video caption on the announcement tweet which says “God Save the NPCs”. However this works in practice, Ubisoft’s VO artists and writers certainly have their work cut out.
Watch Dogs Legion setting
A Watch Dogs 3 London setting has been touted for some time now, which is rumoured to be correct. But this isn’t your typical representation of England’s big smoke: Watch Dogs Legion’s setting is reportedly, and tautologically, a post-Brexit, dystopian London.
Kotaku has suggested that this would be the setting for the next Watch Dogs since 2017 following clues from the ending of the second game. It was also mentioned in the Amazon UK leak; here’s what it says (via @Wario64): “Watch_Dogs Legion is set in a near-future, dystopian version of London. It’s a post-Brexit world in which society, politics and technology have changed and altered London’s fortunes.” Given the video caption in the official reveal (“God Save the NPCs”), this seems likely.
The initial rumours of a London setting began on 4Chan (reposted to reddit) in April 2019: it claimed that ‘Watch Dogs 3’ players will be able to choose their sex and the game will focus more on small arms and knife combat without moving too far away from hacking, and would be out this year. However, these details come with references to a Roman Assassin’s Creed, which contradicts what we know about the rumoured Assassin’s Creed Vikings, so take them with a pinch of salt.
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And there you have it, that’s everything we could rustle up about Watch Dogs Legions. We’re DedSet (geddit?) against a move away from the hacktivist open-world formula we’ve come to love from the series, but we’re looking forward to this third game taking a turn for the edgy in the green and not-so-pleasant lands of post-apocalyptic Blighty.