For Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft Montreal is taking the franchise to San Franscico, California to focus on a new protagonist: Marcus Holloway. Similar to the first game’s protagonist, Aiden Pierce, Marcus is armed with powerful hacking abilities. Described as a brilliant young hacker, Marcus is able to hack “everything”, this includes vehicles, cell phones, computer networks, and much more. He’s be armed with 3-D printed guns, a quadcopter drone, a RC car, explosives, and a billiard ball strapped to a bungee cord (Yeah, you read that right). Marcus will also be equipped with smooth parkour abilities to gracefully flip, leap and hardcore parkour around San Francisco.
Watch Dogs 2 will not be just limited to San Fran however. Players will be able to explore other areas such as Oakland and Silicon Valley. Ubisoft described the San Francisco setting as “the Wild West of technology” and is a much more lively and fully-realized location than the previous game’s Chicago setting.
The game’s plot centers around Marcus being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. When playing, players will be have the option of entirely different playthrough styles: stealth, non-lethal, or my personal favorite, Rambo-style.
In addition to the single player, Ubisoft also revealed that Watch Dogs 2 will have an expanded and seamless online multiplayer, much improved from the original game. This can take form as co-op play or just running into another random player while exploring San Francisco.
Watch Dogs 2 is set to release on November 15, 2016 for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.
Watch Dogs 2 sounds and looks great, but so did the first…and we all know how that played out.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.