Watch Dogs 2 has been officially unveiled at E3 2016, showcasing a game that looks to be a huge improvement on the slightly disappointing original. With a new protagonist, new settings and, most importantly, new gadgets, Watch Dogs 2 looks to offer a much more exciting experience. Here, we discuss the Watch Dogs 2 release date, platforms, pre-order deals and the kind of things to expect from gameplay. See also: The most anticipated games of 2016
Update 17 August: At Gamescom 2016, Ubisoft has revealed a new trailer for Watch Dogs 2. You can watch it below to see online features including co-op play, 'Invasions' and 'Bounty Hunter' mode.
Watch Dogs 2 UK release date: When is Watch Dogs 2 coming out in the UK?
Watch Dogs 2 was heavily leaked prior to its worldwide announcement at E3 2016 including its release date and even a part of the announcement trailer. So, when is it due out? We haven’t got too long to wait as Watch Dogs 2 is set be released in the UK on 15 November 2016 across all platforms. It’s probably worth mentioning that those who buy the PlayStation 4 variant will have access to downloadable content 30 days before Xbox One and PC counterparts.
Watch Dogs 2 platforms and pre-orders: Where can I pre-order Watch Dogs 2?
Watch Dogs 2 is set to come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later on this year when it’s released, but keen Watch Dogs fans can already pre-order the game online.
The standard edition of Watch Dogs 2 is available for PS4 and Xbox One for £44.99 on Amazon at the time of writing, while the PC variant is £5 cheaper at £39.99. Those looking for something for a little more special can pick up the San Francisco edition which includes a collectors’ box, figurines, laptop stickers, DLC and more for £89.99 on Xbox One and PS4, and £74.99 on PC.
However, those wanting to go out can fork out for the Collector’s Edition, which comes with a deluxe version of the game complete with a season pass and, incredibly, a 7.8in app-enabled robot controllable via your smartphone or tablet. However, it costs a lot more than the standard edition at £114.99.
Watch Dogs 2 gameplay: What can I expect from Watch Dogs 2?
Watch Dogs 2 is to take place in the bustling metropolis of San Francisco, a welcomed and refreshing change of scenery when compared to the dreary Chicago setting of the first game. The game is said to follow the same basic template as the original with all-round improvements, with Ubisoft Montreal adding a myriad of new features including a cool drone to be used for surveillance.
As with the first game, you’ll be able to hack and interact with a variety of Internet-connected objects around you, but in more interesting ways than the original game. Take cars for example – smart connected cars can be hijacked and remotely driven via your smartphone. Speaking of cars, there is a much wider variety now too – you’ll find anything from Ferraris to dune buggies, and possibly even helicopters. You’ll also be able to hack cameras, appliances and even electrical boxes to distract (and wound, if you choose) your enemies.
Melee combat has had an overhaul though, with a large emphasis on weapon customisation and player speed. You’re armed with a billiard ball attached to rope, which is enough to hurt the enemy but not kill them – a theme seen throughout the game with 3D printed stun guns, etc.
Watch Dogs 2 is also set to be the first open world game from Ubisoft to have no towers. Traditionally, Ubisofts games like Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and the original Watch Dogs have towers that you need to climb in order to unlock missions and other features around you. Watch Dogs 2 does away with the towers and gives players more freedom to move as they please, exploring the world to discover new objectives.
For more information on Watch Dogs 2 gameplay, take a look at the below videos.