There’ll be no escaping the potential consequences of Brexit in Watch Dogs Legion down to the fact the whole setting is a post-Brexit London. Of course, Brexit isn’t just a London centric situation and the rest of the UK is affected too. Ubisoft has taken this into account and has confirmed that in this reality Scotland has left the United Kingdom and gone independent. This revelation comes in a preview of the game by The Guardian, which is also filled with other details.
For example, creative director Clint Hocking has stated that development of Legion had started before the EU referendum had taken place, and was already exploring themes about mass surveillance in London. That comes from the fact that the UK has one of the highest numbers of CCTV cameras in the world, making it a place where a fictional group like DedSec could operate. Clint also clarified how Brexit places when it comes to the story.
In our game, Brexit definitely happened but we’re not trying to say it is the cause of the problems in our world … the things that caused Brexit are the causes of the problems in our dystopia.”
Another issue is guns. Here in the UK the police don’t carry guns except for the armed teams in high-security areas. Guns are more prevalent in Watch Dogs Legion as their components are 3D printed so the resistance can get their hands on them. However, if players choose not to use guns then opposing sides are unlikely to use them either, opting for more non-lethal routes instead. Watch Dogs Legion is scheduled to release on March 6th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: The Guardian