Gamescom 2019 - Ubisoft today confirmed the titanic scope of Watch Dog Legion's now-playable characters.
I am Legion, for we are are many.
Watch Dogs Legion could change gaming forever. You can literally play as every character you see, whether it be an old lady who's secretly a spy, or even a high-level enemy boss. The game's dystopian London is a playground where you can cherry-pick the city's best, brightest, and weirdest and fold them directly into your party. Thanks to Watch Dogs Legion, NPCs have changed from Non-Playable Characters to Now-Playable Characters. But just how many Now-Playable Characters will Legion offer? London is home to millions of people and they can all join your crew.
At Gamescom 2019, Ubisoft confirmed Watch Dogs Legion will have millions of playable characters that you can choose. "Luckily, our city is filled with millions of people and any single one of them can be your next recruit."
At it's core, Legion is an insanely replayable RPG built around singleplayer engagement. Every single NPC is different--they have different perks, stats, proficiencies, classes, and temperments--to allow for dream-teams. They can all level up and earn new perks, gear, and abilities for combat and mission-tackling.
Watch Dogs Legion classes, RPG mechanics, recruits explained
Perks can be pretty hilarious too. Some bare-knuckle fighters take less damage when they're absolutely drunk out of their minds, and some older NPCs will actually die randomly. Others include granny spies, doctors that gain extra HP recovery, and so on. Often a person's profession or hobby ties in with their passive bonuses.
You only have a limited number of recruits you can have at any given period, so you can't recruit the entire city at once. The idea is to cycle between them as your team either dies or gets arrested.
The AI itself is incredible, delivering next-gen capabilities that push the bar of dynamic gameplay--the world is a bustling metropolis filled with people who do everyday things like shop, play sports, and even commit crimes. Your recruits still live their lives and get into trouble when you're not playing as them.
The world also changes based on your actions. Killing too many guards will make it harder to recruit someone who moonlights as a security officer. Hack too many computers or networks and you'll have a hard time winning over an IT specialist. And as DedSec becomes more popular, others will revile them on general anti-hacking principles. This keeps the game fresh and unique, making it more challenging to recruit people to your team based on internal and external politics.
All of this paints an impressive picture, but we still haven't tried the game out yet. So we can't say for sure how good it is...but damn does it sound good.
Watch Dogs Legion releases on March 6, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store.
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In the near future, London is facing its downfall: the people are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state, private militaries control the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the vulnerable. The fate of London lies with you, and your ability to recruit a resistance and fight back."
TAKE BACK LONDON
SHOW THE CITY WHAT YOU'VE GOT.
Explore a massive urban open world and visit London's many famous landmarks - including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Camden, Piccadilly Circus, or the London Eye.
PLAY YOUR WAY
FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE.
A brand-new melee system and a wide range of weapons and abilities means that the way you approach combat has real consequences. If you use non-lethal force, the enemy will attempt to subdue and arrest you. If you shoot to kill, you risk having your characters permanently killed.
GET THE GANG TOGETHER
BRING YOUR FRIENDS INTO THE MESS.
Giving London back to the people doesn't have to be some heroic solo jaunt, ya know. Bring the fight online to join forces with up to three friends as you take on entirely new co-op missions and challenging end-game content.
PLAY AS ANYONE
RECRUIT YOUR RESISTANCE FROM LONDON'S POPULATION.
Every Londoner has a unique backstory with a special skillset and a distinctive personality. Recruit anyone from an MI6 agent to an illegal street-racer and customize them with killer outfits and iconic masks.
RECRUIT ANY CHARACTER
FIGHT BACK WITH ALL OF LONDON.
Anyone you see on the street can become a resistance fighter by your side. Each person you encounter - whether a brawler, a fashionista, or even a DJ - has their own story with their own set of skills and perks. Choose wisely. You only get one shot at rebellion.
PLAY YOUR WAY
YOUR RECRUITS. YOUR RULES.
Everything is up to you - who joins your resistance, what missions you take on, where you pick fights; all of it - as long as it gets London back in the hands of the people. Make critical decisions and ultimately hack, infiltrate, and detonate your way to a liberated London.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR RECRUITS
MAKE YOUR HEROES YOUR OWN.
Personalize each member of your resistance and level them up by building out different skill sets, from hacking to stealth moves to all-out assault training. Customize further with unique outfits and iconic masks. Take back the city and look sharp doing it.
HACK INTO LONDON'S TECH
CONTROL DRONES. DEPLOY BOTS. BLOW IT ALL UP.
Hack your way to victory by weaponizing London's tech infrastructure. Hijack armed combat drones, deploy stealthy spider-bots, or use your techie know-how to rig the system with explosions. It's up to you how to use the tech dystopia against itself.
GO IN GUNS BLAZING
LONDONERS HAVE BEEN WEAPONIZED.
Your plan of attack is up to you. Crash the party with a brand-new melee system and a wide range of weapons and abilities. Go non-lethal if you'd like, or kick open the doors and blast away. Just remember, your assault style brings different consequences.
THEY CAN'T ARREST WHAT THEY CAN'T SEE
USE AR TO GO INVISIBLE.
As fun as it is to crash through a skylight, there's not always a need to be noticed. Use the resistance's most secretive hack - an "invisibility" cloak. Thanks to the advances of augmented reality, you can sneak around without detection and covertly take down your enemies.[/quote]