Gone are the days of going to each section of the map and repeating the same mission over again in order to unlock new areas. Watch_Dogs 2 will be breaking the Ubisoft tradition simply by letting you explore. You will not be blocked from an area until you unlock it. Everything will be open and available. Actually, you can even skip the campaign and just explore if you want.
Creative Director Jonathan Morin explains the new game play in an interview with Eurogamer:
“It’s not a game where you open your map and everything’s there. There are no towers. You just explore the world.”
You can unlock more and more activities to do by completing missions. Each mission you complete will gain more DedSec followers and hacktivists. The full map is available from the beginning of the game, allowing gamers the freedom of doing what they want, when they want.
You can even skip the main story line if you wish. There will be a bit of interaction needed, but for the most part gamers can ignore it. If you’re confident in your solo-playing skills, you can even complete the co-op missions by yourself. It’ll be difficult, but not impossible.
“You can barely touch the story. You have many different operations which give you followers, which guide your progression. Within the story there are three “milestones” to hit which finish the game’s narrative, but mathematically you can unlock everything else through co-op or free-roam.
You can play the whole game by yourself, including the co-op content, although I think that’ll be quite difficult. Still, there’s always someone spectacular out there who can, so why not let them?
What we’re pushing for is having a seamless online, and integrating co-op into it. You can play different operations and choose to not even play the story. Activities will scale appropriately. And there is further progression so players stick around after the main story arc, if they want.”
Watch_Dogs 2 will take place in the San Francisco Bay area, and feature a Hacktivist named Marcus Holloway who is set on taking out all of the corrupt organizations around him. Random events will happen organically in the game’s world to make everything feel organic and alive.
Watch_Dogs 2 is set to release on November 15th on Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
How do yo feel about the map being unlocked at the beginning? How will it impact the way you play the game? Let me know in the comments.