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Watch Dogs 2 Stars Hacker Marcus Holloway, Set In San Francisco

by Mike Guarino


The official Watch Dogs 2 reveal happened today, and with it we finally learned who the new protagonist of the game is. The game stars a hacker named Marcus Holloway, who ends up being accused of a crime that he did not commit.

The game itself will be set in San Francisco this time, with the city being the latest one to adopt the the ctOS 2.0 technology. Marcus’ goal is to not only clear his own name of the crimes he was falsely accused of committing, but to also get rid of the technology once and for all.

Just as in the first game, players will be able to hack into the city’s infrastructure and the devices of the people who inhabit it. This allows them to take control of a variety of different equipment, as well as packing a taser and a paracord attached to a cue ball for non-lethal take downs. Both stealth and action approaches to missions will be supported.

The driving system in Watch Dogs has been revamped, with Marcus being able to handle cars more easily and even hack through car chases. Driving will take you to real-life areas like Oakland and Silicon Valley, with lots of landmarks emulating the real thing.

Interestingly, the game’s missions are non-linear and can be completed in any order, which increases Marcus’ follower count and eventually leads him to the game’s ending. The game will also feature in-game co-op and player versus player matches.

This being a Ubisoft game, there were also several different versions of the game that were announced. The three premium versions are detailed below, and pre-ordering any version of the game gets you an extra mission called Zodiac Killer. This mission has the famous killer returning to the murder scene, and if you can hunt him down you get an exclusive outfit.

  • Deluxe Edition ($69): Comes with the game, an exclusive sleeve, a San Francisco Map, lithographs and digital customization items.
  • Gold Edition ($99): Comes with the game, the Deluxe pack and Season pass.
  • Collector’s Edition: Pre-order the Standard, Deluxe or Gold Editions on the Uplay shop and get the 7.8″ tall Wrench Junior robot, which is a real-life motorized companion that is controlled by an app. Each version of the Collector’s Edition costs an additional $50 on top of whichever base version you choose.

Watch Dogs 2 is set to launch on November 15th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Check out the reveal trailer for the game below.

- This article was updated on:June 8th, 2016

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