Watch Dogs 2 Heat System Guide to help you avoid witness calls, learn more about heat levels, and escape the heat more efficiently.
As with the previous entry in the series, heat in Watch Dogs 2 is triggered by committing crimes and failing to outrun the cops. If you fail to outrun the cops, you will continue to earn Heat Levels.
Watch Dogs 2 Heat System Guide
With increasing heat levels, cops become more aggressive, use advanced weapons, and try to kill you instead of simply arresting you.
In our Watch Dogs 2 Heat System Guide, we have detailed everything you need to know about the game’s heat system and how to escape it efficiently.
Watch Dogs 2 Heat System
It goes without saying that you get heat by committing crimes. Once you have the heat on you, police authorities will either try to turn you in or put you down. The outcome largely depends on upon the level of heat on your character. Keep an eye on your mini-map to take note of your heat level and also the background which signifies actions happening on the map.
If the background is black, it means you have active pursuers on you. You must outrun them to avoid getting arrested. If the background is yellow, it means you are no longer in police’s sight. At this point, you must stay hidden until the yellow bar fills completely. If the background is white, it means you do not have any police officers chasing after you.
Heat Levels and Escaping the Heat
If you fail to outrun the cops during the initial heat level, the local authorities will continue to call in reinforcements in order to put you down. There is a total of 5 Heat Levels in the game – each one bringing an assortment of weapons, aircraft, and vehicles to the table.
You can avoid cops by breaking their line of sight and outrunning them, but it becomes increasingly hard from Level 3 and above. At the mentioned levels, not only civilians are encouraging to call in police to your position, but you also get featured on news bulletins, etc.
One important thing that you need to know is that you cannot escape the heat by killing all the cops.
Witness Calls involve both civilians calling in the police and enemies calling the reinforcements. In order to avoid it, you need to look for an inverted-triangle icon on an NPC’s head and disrupt the call. Failing to do so will result in police or enemy reinforcements to your locations.
As mentioned earlier, you can disrupt the call which can be done in three different ways. You can either head in and melee attack the callers to make the phone drop from their hands or simply aim your weapon at the caller. Finally, you can deploy distract hack to interrupt the call.
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