watch dogs legion
London’s calling… and the line has been tapped
DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER Ubisoft Toronto/ Ubisoft RELEASE DATE 6 March
Contrary to what growing up with crotchety, antiqueobsessed elderly relatives may have taught you, OAPs can be badass. Just take the ultra-aggressive granny who captured the gaming world’s imagination at the E3 reveal of Ubisoft’s latest hacktastic open world. Like a slightly less spry Sam Fisher, this awesome pensioner takes out a number of guards all thanks to this Londonset sandbox’s killer new feature.
In WatchDogsLegion, you can take control of any NPC in the game. Any. Single. One… well, aside from the evil-doers the Blume and Albion corporations have on their payroll. Unlike its two predecessors, the star of this threequel is very much its city. When you have an entire Old Smoke’s worth of civilians to enlist, who needs a grumpy dude in a trench coat as a lead? Aiden Pearce, you’re really not missed, pal.
Set in a London where the UK’s already left the EU, the plot
revolves around the returning DedSec’s efforts to derail Blume’s society-controlling schemes. Brexit may mean Brexit, but that can’t stop you from recruiting all manner of colourful NPCs to your cause.
Be it the aforementioned kickass grandma or a chap by the name of Derek Adyebo who’s addicted to adrenaline – meaning he could die at any time – characters are instantly replaceable. Legion’s focus on perma-death and expendable have-a-go heroes is the boldest example we’ve seen since Ubi’s misunderstood Zombi.
Though you can recruit an entire city of NPCs, those you enlist can only be assigned one of three classes: the combat-focused Enforcer, the sneaky Infiltrator, or the drone-favouring Hacker. If Legion nails its headline NPC feature, this could be 2020’s boldest open world.
THE DEVELOPER SAYS…
“There are 20 versions of Legion’s script... We’re talking different characters, different personas, different voices, different acting.” Clint Hocking, creative director, Ubisoft Toronto
“If Ubisoft nails its headline NPC feature, Watch Dogs Legion could be 2020’s boldest open world”