Ubisoft have announced that Watch Dogs: Legion‘s long promised online multiplayer modes will be added to the game in a free update on 9th March. The update will be available for all owners across Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia and Ubisoft+.
There’s several element to Watch Dogs: Legion’s upcoming multiplayer, building on the same foundations that are common to previous Watch Dogs games and other open world titles like GTA Online. These include:
- Free-roam open-world co-op – Team up in groups of up to four players and explore London. Take on city events, challenges and side activities.
- New co-op missions for 2-4 players – new co-op gameplay giving you the ability to recruit the perfect team.
- Leader of the Pack – the first four-player Tactical Op mission, a series of five interconnected narrative missions. This is ‘endgame’ content made for those seeking a challenge.
- Spiderbot Arena – the first PvP mode where four players control armed spiderbots in free-for-all-deathmatch
All online activities will earn you XP to increase rank, unlock rewards
By completing any online activity, players will earn XP to increase their rank and unlock various rewards such as exclusive cosmetics and influence points to recruit new operatives or upgrade their DedSec gadgets.
Alongside the free multiplayer update, there will also be some new content for Season Pass holders in the form of two single-player missions.
- Guardian Protocol – DedSec tracks an algorithm that could allow AI to override human decisions. If they don’t find it, it could be used to turn weaponized drones into autonomous executioners.
- Not in Our Name – A secret group is stealing DedSec’s name. Worse, they’re also stealing information so their employer, a ruthless tabloid owner, can use it to blackmail their victims.
Watch Dogs: Legion’s post-launch plan continues through the rest of 2021, with free updates adding a new Invasion PvP mode, new co-op missions and free characters, while Season Pass owners will have access to more DedSec missions, the Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline story expansion and new heroes that include Aiden Pearce from the original Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs: Legion launched around the time of the new generation of games console, touting ray traced graphics through the free upgrade to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. However, it also had its fair share of problems. On Xbox in particular, it took quite a long time for Ubisoft to resolve a save game bug (though thankfully this has now been sorted!).
Still, the game was a good attempt to inject new ideas and gameplay into the Watch Dogs open world series. In our Watch Dogs: Legion review, Miguel wrote:
Watch Dogs Legion is a different type of sequel to Watch Dogs 2, contrasting in its approach to creating a hackable open world playground, but with no less impressive results. Playing as any citizen in London leads to some less-than-engaging story moments, but the web of relationships and activities that crop up as a result of the systemic design is mind-blowing. I rarely did the same thing twice in Watch Dogs Legion, and if I did, I wasn’t doing it the same way twice. Watch Dogs Legion truly feels like a living, breathing world, and it’s a world that I plan to revisit often, even though I’ve seen the credits on the main story roll.
Source: press release