The next game in Ubisoft’s contentious Watch Dogs series is almost here. Watch Dogs: Legion is set to be the best game in the franchise, promising players a large open world and potentially thousands of playable characters.
With over a year’s worth of hype and info dumps about Legion, it can be easy to get confused about what the game is about, all announced gameplay mechanics, pre-order information and more. If you happen to be one of those a bit confused, worry no more as we at Generation Xbox are here to give you the comprehensive pre-launch guide to Watch Dogs: Legion.
Watch Dogs Legion takes places in London in the near future. With Artificial Intelligence and automation on the rise, Britain’s economy takes a huge hit, causing unemployment and organized crime to skyrocket.
The London branch of DedSec, a vigilante hacking collective, begins investigating a group called “Zero Day” that plans to destroy the British Parliament in a large-scale terrorist attack. Though the group is able to stop the bombing on Parliament, many other explosives are unleased upon London, leading to widespread chaos. Even worse, “Zero Day” masquerades themselves as members of DedSec, putting false blame on the group.
After these attacks, the British government enlists the help of private military group Albion to retake control of the city. Albion is successful, but this comes at the cost of the personal liberties of London’s citizens, effectively turning it into a surveillance state. After some time laying low, DedSec reemerges to clear its name and take London back from Albion.
Watch Dogs: Legion promises to let players take control of anyone they want to in the game. That’s right; evidently, every single NPC in London is a playable character. Now, this doesn’t mean that you can quickly switch from person to person, each of them being effectively the same. Each character will have their own backstory, abilities, strengths and weakness, and must be recruited in one way or another to join DedSec.
Now, it would be very difficult and time consuming for the devs over at Ubisoft Toronto to craft a completely unique story for every dingle NPC in the game, so expect to start seeing some minor repeats here and there after you’ve played for a while. It does appear that there are a large number of different kinds of characters in Legion, however, so it will probably take a while to get to that point.
Characters are recruited to DedSec through unique missions that show them being helped with a certain situation they find themselves in. If their standing with DedSec is high enough after the mission, they can join as a playable character. If you find a character you really want to recruit, do your best to do well on their recruitment mission, as it is possible to complete the mission and still have the character not join your team.
Additionally, characters that die in combat with police or rival gangs will be permanently deleted from your playable roster if permadeath is turned on. While you can turn this option off, where the fun in that?
The actual minute-to-minute gameplay of Legion will mostly be pretty similar to the past two Watch Dogs games. Every mission in the game presents players with a multitude of ways to proceed; you can run in guns blazing, stealth your way around enemies, or use your hacking prowess to create traps, diversions and gain information.
Players will also be able to take down enemies in a number of lethal or non-leathal ways. When it comes to combat, Legion will play like most third-person shooters so, if you’ve ever played on of those, you should know what to expect.
Ubisoft is currently working on online multiplayer for Legion that they plan on launching sometime in December. This will introduce four-player cooperative missions into the game, with progression being shared between online multiplayer and single player.
Release Info: Pre-Orders and Editions
As with any Ubisoft game, Watch Dogs Legion has a few different editions available at launch that may be a bit confusing at first glance. Legion is launching with three different editions to choose from: Standard, Gold and Ultimate.
The Standard Edition of the game is the cheapest and most basic edition you can get your hands on. It just comes with Watch Dogs: Legion and is $59.99 USD across all platforms, even Series X and PS5.
The Gold Edition has a bit more to it. It not only comes with the base game, but also includes the game’s season pass. Legion’s season pass comes with a major new story expansion with two episodes, extra Dedsec missions, four iconic heroes with unique abilities including Aiden Pearce (the protagonist of the first game), and the original Watch Dogs: Complete Edition if you don’t already own it. Also, you get a DedSec skin for in-game cars… woo! The Gold Edition is $99.99 USD.
If you fancy yourself a bit of a Watch Dogs super fan, you may want to pick up the digital only Ultimate Edition. The Ultimate Edition comes with the season pass and the ultimate pack, which includes the Urban Jungle Pack (three new unique playable characters), the London Dissident Pack (three exclusive masks), and a four-week VIP status (which seems to give a boost in cash/experience earned in game). The Ultimate Editions comes out to $119.99 USD.
If you happen to be a PC player, it might be more cost effective to pick up a month or two of UPLAY+, Ubisoft’s subscription service. Subscribers will get Legion’s Ultimate Edition day one, along with access to over 100 other Ubisoft titles. UPLAY+ is $14.99 USD a month.
Seeing as how there are still a few days left before Watch Dogs: Legion’s launch, you’ve still got a chance to pick up the game’s pre-order bonuses. Pre-ordering any edition of the game will get you the Lux Car Skin, the Uneasy Lies Mask Skin, and the Serpent Sisters Gun Skin.
Seeing as how Legion releases on October 29, a few weeks before next gen consoles, you might be a bit hesitant to pick it up if you’ve got a Series S/X coming in the mail. Worry not, as Ubisoft has announced that the game will be compatible with Smart Delivery, meaning you’ll not only get a next gen version of the game, but your progress should come with you.
That’s about all you need to know about Watch Dogs: Legion before its launch. Remember to check out Generation Xbox’s review post-launch and look forward to more Watch Dogs content in the coming weeks.