In Watch Dogs 2, hacktivism is rife.
Swapping out the Windy City in favor of the sun-kissed streets of San Francisco, Ubisoft’s open-world sequel is primed to introduce players to an underground ring of tech-savvy activists known as Dedsec and, in particular, Marcus Holloway. That’s the protagonist you’ll be taking control of in Watch Dogs 2, who looks set to bring much more charisma and energy to the central role over Aiden Pearce from the original game.
Boasting all of the imagery one would associate with a disenfranchised youth in revolt – the glitchy icons, the cloaked figures, the spray paint – it remains to be seen how Ubisoft handles the Watch Dogs 2 arc, let alone whether Dedsec’s plan to overthrow the one percent of the one percent actually pays off.
After all, Watch Dogs wasn’t without its faults when it landed on the scene two years ago, and the Ubisoft dev team is consciously taking strides to win over those left burned by the original. In fact, so bullish is the French publisher that it strongly believes Watch Dogs 2 can go on to become one of Ubi’s best-selling games in the company’s history.
We’ll find out if that’s the case when Watch Dogs 2 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 15.