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'Watch Dogs 2' Set In San Francisco, Arrives November 15

Before the world sees Ubisoft’s future plans next week at E3, the company decided to show one of its latest projects — Watch Dogs 2.

The sequel to the 2014 title will take place in San Francisco. Similar to Chicago (which was the setting of the first game), San Francisco also has the ctOS system to maintain its city infrastructure and surveillance, but the hacker group Dedsec aims to take the system down in an effort to remain free from watchful eye of Big Brother.

You play as Marcus Holloway, a young hacker from Oakland who was wrongly committed of a crime by the ctOS 2.0 system. As a fugitive, he eventually joins Dedsec in taking down the corrupt government as well as the technology that made him a criminal.

Similar to Watch Dogs’ Aiden Pearce, Holloway utilizes his parkour skills to traverse the city’s streets and rooftops. In addition to San Francisco, Holloway can also explore the areas of Marin County, Oakland and Silicon Valley. His weapon of choice seems to be a design of his own: a billiard ball attached to a long lanyard. Holloway also has access to a 3D-printed gun, a drone, and an RC car with a robotic arm.

Ubisoft also revealed a few details about Holloway’s hacking capabilities. The main focus was his ability to remotely control cars, which is used as a form of distraction or a way to kill enemies from a distance. You can also hack any individual on the streets in different ways, such as marking them as a threat so that police can arrive and arrest them, or you can ring their phone as a simple distraction.

The overall goal in Watch Dogs 2 is to gain more followers for the Dedsec cause. When you finish a mission, Dedsec gains more followers because of your actions. More people means that the group will use additional resources to take down ctOS 2.0, and Holloway is one step closer to getting his name cleared from the records.

You can also pre-order one of the game’s six edition variants. The Standard Edition ($59.99) includes the bonus Zodiac Killer Mission and a corresponding outfit. For an additional $10, you can get the Deluxe Edition, which includes the bonus mission and outfit from the Standard Edition as well as two Customization Packs. At $99.99, the Gold Edition includes all of the above plus the game’s Season Pass. There are also three versions of the Collector’s Edition that all come with an “app-enabled robot.” Each tier corresponds to the rewards of the Standard, Deluxe and Gold Editions and will cost you $109.99, $119.99 and $149.99, respectively.

You won’t have to wait long to play Watch Dogs 2. The game comes out on November 15, a mere five months from today. Those attending E3 next week will have the chance to try the game at the Ubisoft booth.

NameWatch Dogs 2
TypeAction, Open-World
DeveloperUbisoft
PublisherUbisoft
Release DateNovember 15, 2016
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Where To BuyUplay StoreAmazon

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  • dstarr3
    In what world did Watchdogs sell well enough and get critical acclaim enough to deserve a sequel? Because it certainly wasn't this one.
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  • joesavy86
    In what world did Watchdogs sell well enough and get critical acclaim enough to deserve a sequel? Because it certainly wasn't this one.

    Do your research.
    As of December 31, 2014, Watch Dogs has shipped 10 million copies.
    Source: Ubisoft Finacials

    https://www.ubisoftgroup.com/comsite_common/en-US/images/pressrelease_downloadablemm_20150212_050959_ubisoftq3fy15englishfinaltcm99193930.pdf

    Watchdogs sold PLENTY.
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  • DonQuixoteMC
    Anyone else getting sick of the 3rd person cover-based shooter genre? Bleh.
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  • firefoxx04
    Hopefully it's not even a pc option. Pc gamers keep getting crapped on by developers. When will you people learn?

    $60 is too much for a broken game.
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  • dstarr3
    In what world did Watchdogs sell well enough and get critical acclaim enough to deserve a sequel? Because it certainly wasn't this one.

    Do your research.
    As of December 31, 2014, Watch Dogs has shipped 10 million copies.
    Source: Ubisoft Finacials

    https://www.ubisoftgroup.com/comsite_common/en-US/images/pressrelease_downloadablemm_20150212_050959_ubisoftq3fy15englishfinaltcm99193930.pdf

    Watchdogs sold PLENTY.

    I wonder how many of those were pre-orders. Because I remember the absurd hype train for this game before release. Then it came out with an enormous "Meh" heard 'round the world.

    I mean, regardless of how many copies were sold and why, there's no changing the fact that this is happening. I can only hope that WD2 gets the same treatment that Just Cause 2 got after its "okay" first title in the franchise. If WD2 just lets you go absolutely bonkers with your crazy hacker superpowers in a great big f***-around sandbox, then this stands a chance of being fun. But if they insist on staying even slightly serious, this game is doomed from the start.
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  • Darkk
    San Francisco huh? All they're gonna see buncha homeless peeps.
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  • blppt
    Honestly, the game engine was the most impressive thing about WD1---still looks beautiful today.
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  • sillynilly
    I may be in the minority - but I love that game. I never had issues with it. Sure there were the odd glitches, but hate to say it, but that is almost the norm now for all PC games. Looking forward to part II.
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  • jonroberts26
    "Wrongly committed of a crime" ???
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  • bollwerk
    Should be "wrongly accused of a crime". =)
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