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Watch Dogs 2 Reveal & Release Date

06/08/2016 09:00 AM

We’re excited to announce that Watch Dogs 2, the second installment of a series inspired by the hyper-connected reality of our daily lives, will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 15th. You’ll play as a new hacker in a fresh, bright setting, with a whole crew to help you out and new tools at your disposal. We’ve taken the lessons learned from the first game and expanded the world in bold new ways that we believe will satisfy those who have been anxiously awaiting something even bigger and better.

Meet Marcus & DedSec

You’ll be taking on the role of Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who’s been affected by the injustices he’s witnessed from the oppressive ctOS 2.0 system, and as a victim of a crime prediction algorithm that ruined his life. Marcus is a charming, funny guy that knows how to have fun, but he’s also a passionate idealist who wants to give control back to the people.

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This time, you won’t be taking on this challenge alone. Marcus will join forces with DedSec, a powerful group of like-minded hackers using their skills to expose the flaws of the system. Together they will embark on a fight against a corrupt establishment - corporations, public and private security forces, criminal gangs and even rival hackers that will see them go from rebellious pranksters to full-blown “hacktivists.”

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All of this will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area, the birthplace of the tech revolution and the perfect playground for hackers. From the cultured streets of San Francisco to the lush lawns of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area will be yours to explore and discover. Every neighborhood is a new experience, and you’ll find surprises around every corner.

New Features

  • Explore and Discover –
    The entire map is open from the start and every activity or event you encounter will contribute towards your progression in the game. Instead of unlocking towers, you’ll discover stories and rewards as you explore and interact with the world.
  • Hacking Expanded –
    Every character, every vehicle, electronics and other objects you’ll come across in the world can be hacked in multiple ways. We’ve greatly increased the flexibility to express your own hacking style and create your own solutions.
  • Player Tools –
    From new hacks, tools, guns and a killer new melee weapon called the Thunderball, Marcus is well-equipped to take on the establishment and seedy underbelly of the Bay Area.
  • Customization –
    Reflect your style with deeper customization options for your character, vehicles, weapons, and tools. Customization options will now be reflected to others while playing online.
  • Online Play –
    Watch Dogs 2 is a connected experience (though you won’t need an internet connection to play). We’ve taken everything you’ve liked from the original and expanded upon it to create a more seamless and complete online experience. From revamped PvP modes to introducing Co-Op play, as a DedSec hacker you’re never alone.

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Fans Spoke, We Listened

When we first started working on Watch Dogs 1, the first iPhone had just been released. It’s been a long time since then and we’ve learned a lot along the way. We were happy with the reception of the first game but we knew there were things to improve upon to fully realize our dream of creating a playground where everything is connected. Everyone from our senior producer on down spent months reading the subreddit, forums and anywhere else we could find player feedback.

With this new installment, we’re giving you a more meaningful story, a dynamic protagonist, a denser new setting, deeper hacking possibilities, rewarding world activities, and more accessible vehicle handling. We’re grateful to our community for showing us the limits of what we’d created and where we needed to expand for Watch Dogs 2.

See You Soon

There is a lot more we can’t wait to share with you before the game releases on November 15th. Make sure to check out our E3 Schedule and the Community Content Roadmap blog posts to see what we’re cooking up, and download the Fan Kit and Cosplay Guide to cook something up yourself. Follow Watch Dogs 2 on Twitter or Facebook for the latest news, and our YouTube channel for the latest videos. For something on the edgier side, visit our Tumblr for exclusive DedSec content (and the lulz).

Finally, we’d love to invite you to join the community on the /r/watch_dogs subreddit or official forums. We’ll be spending plenty of time in these platforms so be sure to stop by and say hello.

Chase Straight

By Chase Straight @ChaseStraight

Chase is a goofy American ex-pat living in Canada who loves music, gaming, writing, and sh*tposting on Reddit. You'll either find him at a concert or obsessing over his PC (don't worry, he's a console guy too). Say 'what up' on Twitter @ChaseStraight

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