There’s nothing that makes laugh more heartily than a developer being forced to renege on their awful DLC plans. With Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft tried to have its cake and eat it, charging $60, having a season pass, and creating DLC-exclusive multiplayer content. Sometimes this just doesn’t work out, and it’s meant Ubisoft has been forced to totally overhaul its Watch Dogs 2 DLC plan in order to prevent the online player base from fragmenting.
Originally the plan was to add a whole bunch of new multiplayer modes, weapons, vehicles and clothing items as part of its season pass, but now all multiplayer content is being released free of charge.
To compensate those who’ve forked out for the Watch Dogs 2 season pass, Ubisoft is also adding some additional single-player trials, unique clothing and non-lethal weapons. Total filler, basically, which it’s had to cobble together in record time to plug the gaps.I can't honestly see the $30 season pass being worth the outlay at this point.
The good news is this means Watch Dogs 2's multiplayer component won’t be split into the haves and have-nots. Everyone will get access to the new modes, which includes a promising sounding four-player co-op mode. Watch Dogs 2 has gone full Division. You’ll be able to “explore the city and play activities together.”
As for the rest of the DLC plans, you can see this laid out below. On April 7th all three platforms are getting Showdown added free of charge. This is 2 v 2 competitive multiplayer which comes in three distinct flavours - Steal the HDD, Doomload and Erase / Protect the Servers. Steal the HDD is basically capture the flag, Doomload is king of the hill, and Protect the servers is domination with a “twist”.
“There are two main drivers behind making Showd0wn free for all of our players,” says Watch Dogs 2’s live producer, Kris Young. “The first is that we want everyone to be able to participate and play it. We really wanted to have as many people as possible playing the mode for a better challenge, better matchmaking time and quality, and a healthier, more active community.
“The other is community feedback we’ve received since we announced the original plans,” Young says. “Our community asked for more multiplayer content, and that’s also a reason why we’ve decided to make Showd0wn accessible for free for all players, while replacing it with more single-player content in No Compromise.”
Now it’s pretty neat that all players are being given the Watch Dogs 2 multiplayer content for free, you can guarantee it's because they ran the numbers and realised there wasn't enough player to keep the multiplayer afloat. It's also sure to irk those who dropped some serious cash on the season pass. They’ve been misled, at the end of the day. Let’s hope this a lesson Ubisoft can learn from - don’t announce your season pass until you’re actually confident you can deliver on it. Don’t hold your breath though, we’ve already seen them screw up with the cancelled Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass.
Any of you bought the Watch Dogs 2 season pass and feeling a bit conned? Will this be a lesson learned by Ubisoft? Let us know!