We really liked Watch Dogs 2, and honestly would have been satisfied with a sequel akin to that set in modern London. Leaked information about Watch Dogs Legion – purportedly the official name for the third game in the hack happy series – suggests we should expect something slightly different, however, as you’ll be able to play as any NPC in the open world. And yes, for the pedants among you, we accept that the acronym “NPC” doesn’t actually make sense here.
“Every individual you meet in the open world has a full set of animations, voice over, character traits and visuals that are generated and guided by gameplay systems,” the blurb that leaked on Amazon UK explains. So what does this mean? Well according to Eurogamer.net, you’ll be recruiting characters to hacktivist group DedSec, and you’ll be able to take any of these out into the field. Depending on who you’re playing as, missions will play out differently.
It sounds unbelievably ambitious, and Kotaku’s ever-reliable Jason Schreier reports that it may have led to internal delays. We know that the title’s not due out this holiday as only Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint was included in publisher Ubisoft’s financials, so that means we’re probably looking at an early 2020 release date now. We’re definitely intrigued by what we’re hearing about this game, but we’re also worried – let’s hope the foundations of Watch Dogs 2 remain in place.