UPDATE: It's official, Watch Dogs 3 is coming, and it's called Watch Dogs Legion.
The Watch Dogs Twitter account burst into life overnight, showcasing the briefest teaser of the logo alongside the message "God Save the NPCs. Reveal at E3."
It sounds as if the playable NPCs (that makes no sense) and the London setting were absolutely spot-on. We're definitely eager to see more when Ubisoft's E3 press conference takes place on Monday, June 10th.
Original Story: 04-Jun-2019 - Watch Dogs Legion leaks - Post-Brexit London, play as any character in the game world
We’ve got less than one week to go until E3 2019 so of course a Ubisoft game has leaked. It’s none other than the oft-rumoured Watch Dogs 3, which is now officially called Watch Dogs Legion.
The ‘Legion’ moniker derives from Watch Dogs 3’s chief gimmick - players will be able to play as literally anyone in the game’s world. Every individual citizen has a procedurally generated backstory, animations, voice over, character traits, and appearance. It’s all AI-driven, which seems pretty apt for Watch Dogs, and it comes as little surprise to find out Far Cry 2 director Clint Hocking is heading up development.
As for the setting, Watch Dogs Legion will be set in London, of course. It’s got the highest centration of CCTV cameras on the planet. Your every move is watched, even more so in WD: Legion’s post-Brexit (shudder) near-future world. Milkshake non-lethal weapon, please!
“Watch_Dogs Legion is set in a near-future, dystopian version of London,” reads the official blurb on Watch Dogs Legion’s Amazon UK listing. “It's a post-Brexit world in which society, politics and technology have changed and altered London's fortunes. London is one of the most iconic cities in the world and has had a massive influence on all of Western Culture for centuries… London makes total sense for WD, as the city has one of the highest surveillance levels in the world making this the perfect playground.”
I literally cannot wait for Ubisoft to come out and say a game set in a post-Brexit, Orwellian world is apolitical. You can basically set your watch to it these days. Watch Dogs 2 emphatically proved this is anything but the case though, taking jabs at everything from capitalism to privacy, security, racism, and tech giant fat cars. That’s where the entire interest in the premise of Watch Dogs lies, and Watch Dogs 3’s London setting definitely leaves it well poised to take advantage of this.
I’m a bit mixed on the procedurally generated characters in WDL, although perhaps it’s something that works better in practice than it sounds in theory.
If you’re itching to find out more about Watch Dogs Legion, there’s not long to go now. Ubisoft’s E3 spectacular will be taking place next Monday, June 10th, where all will surely be revealed.