Watch Dogs 2's 'Seamless Multiplayer' Removed During Launch To Prevent Game Crashes

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 5:31 PM
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Watch Dogs 2 is out on console this week and it has to be said it’s arrived to some pretty stellar reviews. Not quite Assassin’s Creed II good, sure, but not everything can be that over-rated. One thing which a number of reviews seem to have overlooked however is Watch Dogs 2’s online component which is, er, basically non-existent at launch due to some severe performance issues. So much for the “seamless multiplayer” Ubisoft was keen to spout about.

The multiplayer in Watch Dogs 2 is supposed to build on the admittedly pretty neat hacking invasions from the original, adding in drop in, drop out, co-operative multiplayer and heaps of online challenges to complete together. None of that is being included in time for launch however, with Ubisoft admitting it’s ran into some serious performance issues causing lag and even system crashes. Better get Marcus Holloway on the case, he’d know exactly what to do.

“During the pre-launch phase of Watch Dogs 2, we discovered an issue tied to the seamless multiplayer feature that caused the game to lag and crash periodically,” said Ubisoft. “In order to eliminate that issue at launch and for players to enjoy a smooth gameplay experience, we have decided to wait to launch the seamless multiplayer feature until the patch that fixes this issue is deployed. The patch is currently in certification by Sony and Xbox.

“In the meantime, players can still play the full single-player experience without any concerns and play co-op by inviting friends through the game menu. But that does mean that the Bounty-Hunter mode and other activities that would occur with other outside players who enter your game will be unavailable until the patch is deployed on each platform.”

I do love Ubisoft’s bluntness here. There’s issues with a game mode so they've fixed it by removing it altogether. For early adopters it means you’re not going to be getting the full package when Watch Dogs 2 launches tomorrow. With any luck it gets patched soon.

PC players, still a bit of time to wait. Watch Dogs 2 launches November 29th for PC, by which Ubisoft has got any potential multiplayer hiccups ironed out.

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00:17 Nov-16-2016

AC2 over-rated? Get outta here!

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15:06 Nov-15-2016

WD & WD2 is best enjoyed in campaign mode as it tells a story. MP shouldn't be a determining factor for these types of games. And only MP has been getting a lot of attention these days from devs cuz sweet dollar-dollar microtransactions playa! So I think its a good decision to remove it if it mpacts performance of the core game

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12:20 Nov-15-2016

Played it on PS4 just awesome, that free roam and stuff... Hope to play it on 4K.

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10:32 Nov-15-2016

From people playing the game, story is kinda bad, like a little kid made it, but gameplay, free roam is much better than wd1, and the mechanics are better, at least that's what they say.

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02:11 Nov-15-2016

Ubisoft is actually displaying some pro-consumer practices. I have officially entered the Twilight Zone.

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22:35 Nov-14-2016

Hey they pulled a Hello Games on us! Oh wait no they didn't, the developers didn't disappear and are communicating with us about the issue, good job Ubi!

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22:05 Nov-14-2016

Ubisoft.. How???


How could you change that much?


Did I accidentally traveled to another parallel universe? :P
Though I kind of had faith :P

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19:41 Nov-14-2016

Good thing the faults are detected early, although I rarely use seamless multiplayer myself. At least Ubisoft's heading in the right direction and the only way to confirm that is naturally playing the PC version itself. (fingers crossed)

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18:09 Nov-14-2016

I honestly believe that Ubisoft has finally learned from its mistakes!

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17:56 Nov-14-2016

While removing/delaying a game mode sucks if it was intended to be in the main package from launch, they have a perfectly justified reason for doing so and were actually open about why they had to delay it so thats worthy of a star in my book

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17:49 Nov-14-2016

well its good that ubisoft notice this and prevent it entirely before everyone consider watch dogs 2 is badly optimize

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17:35 Nov-14-2016

I wish this becomes a habit for other publishers too.

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