It has already been confirmed that Ubisoft is skipping Assassin’s Creed this year, but it is filling that slot with a sequel to 2014’s sandbox game called Watch Dogs 2.
With Watch Dogs 2, it seems like Ubisoft is trying to correct most of the things that were wrong with its predecessor. The game takes place in the San Francisco Bay with a new protagonist named Marcus Holloway – another member of hacking organization DedSec.
One thing you will notice right off the bat is that Marcus is a better hacker than Aiden Pierce ever was and is looking forward to topple establishment with nothing but his hacking potential and a digital notebook.
Those of you who have experienced the original Watch Dogs will instantly notice that Watch Dogs 2 offers more hacking options than its predecessor. For example, in addition to hijacking vehicles, Marcus can also remotely control them in order to confuse his pursuers and distract his enemies.
Needless to say that all hacking options available in the original game are still available in this game, but you will have to be a little careful in Watch Dogs 2. With each successful hack in the game, you will deplete some energy from a dedicated hacking meter.
How this works is pretty simple – you either need to let it recharge on its own or hack smartphones in your close vicinity. How this exactly works and whether there are other means to do so or not – remains to be seen, but the entire system works well! Watch Dogs 2 has also drawn a little inspiration from Assassin’s Creed’s Eagle Vision which allows Marcus to see enemies, hackable objects, and other useful things through objects.
Another cool thing that Ubisoft has incorporated in Watch Dogs 2 is the ability to join other players’ session – sort of like Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Other players will appear as random members of DedSec and your character will appear as Marcus Holloway. Both the parties can join together to create new possibilities in order to carry out an infiltration, eliminate targets, and carry out hacking. Like other sections of the game, this neat little system is pretty seamless and works well.
All in all, it seems like Watch Dogs 2 is on its way of correcting everything wrong with the original game. Hacking in the game has been given an overhaul treatment and is working great so far. Hopefully, we will see an even more refined game when it launches for Microsoft Windows, Sony’s Playstation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox One on Nov. 15, 2016.