Watch_Dogs 2 is right around the corner and Ubisoft has put out one last trailer before the release. This one gives us more background into player-character Marcus Holloway, and the impetus behind the hacking hi-jinx players will get into all over the open world of San Francisco.
One of the early criticisms with Watch_Dogs 2 has been the grating attitude of DedSec, the hacker network you join as part of the narrative. The ‘badass hacker’ attitude can be overbearing and it clashes wildly against the gorgeous, clean cityscape of San Fransciso that Ubisoft has painted. While the ‘Fellow Kids‘ style youth pandering is just as present in this trailer, the meme-speak and teen-punk nonsense are a bit more bearable knowing Marcus’s decision to join DedSec has less to do with their emoji logos and tough-guy shoulder pads, and more to do with his own personal motivations.
Another takeaway from the launch trailer is the variety shown in its chaotic montage through the city. In their E3 demo earlier this year, they walked through a mission without using any firearms, opting instead for a non-confrontational approach. Here we see all sorts of tools to use from guns to drones to a myriad of cell-phone controlled hacks. They also dedicate a lot of time to driving, which the developers have gone on record to say they’ve refined a lot from the last game.
Ubisoft is looking to expand on the template set in place by its divisive first Watch_Dogs game, and to their credit, they seem to have taken strides to innovate and add more for players to enjoy. There’s potential here for Ubisoft to hone in another lasting successful franchise.
Watch_Dogs 2 launches worldwide for PS4 and Xbox One November 15, 2016, and for PC on November 29th.