Watch Dogs 2 is a go. The team that brought the original Watch Dogs to Chicago has been hard at work for two years to take the sequel to San Francisco. Singer Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but this new protagonist in Watch Dogs 2 has a new sound, as he goes all skull-faced hacktivist to the tune of N.E.R.D.'s "Spaz."
The game's new lead, Marcus Holloway, is wrongfully pinned by ctOS 2.0 for a crime he didn't commit. If you recall from the first Watch Dogs (GN score 9 out of 10), "ctOS" is the operating system that ties an entire city's electronic ecosystem together, from stoplights to surveillance cameras. The entire ctOS 2.0 system that's gone live in San Francisco's Watch Dogs 2 is even more robust than the original. Originally, you could only hack specific targets; now you can hack anyone.
We're still apparently wearing doofy-looking ball caps, but at least we ditched the trench coat. I just hope the 20-something F-tha-police hacktivist vibe doesn't preclude me from enjoying the game.
Watch Dogs 2's open-world stealth-action adventure comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in five months, on November 15.
UBISOFT® UNVEILS WATCH_DOGS® 2
SAN FRANCISCO ?? June 8, 2016 ?? Today, Ubisoft® announced that Watch_Dogs® 2, the newest installment in the blockbuster Watch_Dogs franchise, will be available worldwide on November 15 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.
Watch_Dogs 2 is the product of over two years of intensive development by the original creative team behind the Watch_Dogs brand. Players enter a massive and dynamic open world environment set in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the latest city to adopt ctOS 2.0, an advanced operating system networking the city infrastructure, and in the wrong hands, ctOS 2.0 can be used to invasively control and manipulate everyday citizens.
Players will explore the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0??s predictive algorithms and is accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus?? quest to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is the ultimate weapon, and players can not only hack into the city??s infrastructure but also every person and any connected device they possess, to trigger unpredictable chains of events. With the ability to take control of drones, cars, cranes, security robots and much more at their disposal, players can choose whether to use stealth hacking to complete missions without killing a single enemy or go guns blazing for a more ferocious approach. In this vast open world, players can hack their way through traffic while engaging in dangerous car chases through the winding streets of San Francisco, traverse the rooftops of the vibrant neighborhoods of Oakland and infiltrate the offices of cutting-edge companies in Silicon Valley.
??Our creative team is working hard to deliver an outstanding Watch_Dogs experience,?? said Dominic Guay, senior producer, Ubisoft Montreal. ??In Watch_Dogs 2, we??re excited to give players a captivating storyline with engaging characters that offers deeper, more meaningful hacking options, a greater variety of gadgets and weapons and a brand new seamless multiplayer experience that will appeal to fans of the original Watch_Dogs as well as players new to the brand.??
In addition to the standard game, several editions are available for pre-order:
Players who pre-order any edition get an extra mission named Zodiac Killer: An unwanted ghost of San Francisco??s past has resurfaced after fifty years. While completing the mission, the player unlocks an additional exclusive outfit.
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