Watch Dogs Legion multiplayer delayed indefinitely on PC, first Tactical Op also postponed on console

Watch Dogs Legion’s multiplayer has suffered another last minute setback and has been delayed indefinitely on PC, while the Tactical Op mode has been cut from the PlayStation, Xbox and Stadia roll out that will still go ahead tomorrow, 9th March. The reason? Discovering bugs and issues that they were unable to fix on time.

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All multiplayer components have been delayed on PC while Ubisoft work to fix a game crash issue with certain GPUs. This sounds like it’s an issue related to the game update as a whole, as opposed to something specifically multiplayer, and so Ubisoft are effectively freezing the game at the current version until it’s fixed. There’s no new launch date, but Ubisoft say they will provide a new launch date as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Stadia players will still be able to play the free-roam open world co-op mode, a set of new co-op missions and Spiderbot Arena modes from 9th March, but the Tactical Op mode will now release on 23rd March. This was the most ambitious of the multiplayer modes, titled Leader of the Pack, and seen as endgame content for the game. In-game text chat on PlayStation is also being limited.

Ubisoft explain the issues as follows:

  • We’ve identified an issue in the PC version that can cause the game to crash for players with certain GPUs. The team is working on fixing the issue as quickly as possible, and in the meantime, we’ve made the decision to wait to launch the PC version until this is fixed. We will communicate the new launch date as soon as possible.

  • We have also identified an issue that can cause the game to crash during the Tactical Op. Therefore we have made the decision to launch it on Xbox, PlayStation, and Stadia on March 23.

  • PlayStation 4/5 will have limited in-game text chat at launch, and we are working on a fix for this, which will be coming on March 23 as well.

Watch Dogs Legion players will be limited to single player on PC for a while longer.

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 – and this latest issue might not instil the greatest amount of confidence in fans.

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

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