Watch Dogs 2 was officially unveiled last week when Ubisoft livestreamed an extensive gameplay demonstration, showing how the sequel will take place in San Francisco, and players will be able to hack and control virtually everything. That includes people’s personal devices and taking remote control of cars.
Audiences got an even deeper look at the game at Ubisoft’s E3 2016 press event. Host Aisha Tyler’s introduction is suddenly interrupted when the screens behind her start to glitch before showing the Dedsec hacker group logo. Then the lights go out as Tyler leaves the stage, and a hacker activist character takes over the screen. The character talks about how big corporations have taken control of a popular social media network, and is manipulating feeds so that its users will be tricked into voting for their puppet politician, Congressman Mark Thruss. The character even calls the social network, “the most powerful population control tool ever created,” and urges viewers to join Dedsec to take back their democracy.
The hacker takeover transitions straight into a gameplay video, and that’s when Ubisoft Montreal’s creative director, Jonathan Morin, takes to the stage to present the game’s features and how San Francisco will become the player’s new hacker playground. Players will take the role of Marcus Holloway, a brilliant hacker who is on a mission to take control back from the establishment.
Watch Dog 2‘s demonstration switches to a mission, where the player must find a way to break into Congressman Thruss’ heavily guarded apartment to steal evidence using a variety of tools, including drones and a zapper the incapacitates guards. Of course, the stealthy approach doesn’t last forever, and the Marcus soon finds himself in a gun fight, showcasing the high-action gameplay, before making a daring escape.
Once the gameplay demonstration was concluded, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot was welcomed to the stage, and he talked about how the success of 2012’s Watch Dogs was largely due to the partnership the company had with Sony. Ubisoft is continuing that partnership with the sequel by inviting Sony’s president of global sales and marketing, Jim Ryan, onto the stage to state how there is a Watch Dogs 2 movie in the works. Given the hype behind the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie, Ubisoft’s second major motion picture could end up making a huge impression too. Additionally, as a show of how deep this partnership goes, PlayStation 4 owners will have access to all Watch Dogs 2 DLC content 30-days before they are released on any other platform.
Watch Dogs 2 releases on November 15, and the collector’s edition includes a remote controlled model of the security robot that’s seen in the game.