Watch Dogs: Legion

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Release Date: Oct. 29, 2020

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13. 'Watch Dogs: Legion' (PS4/XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2020 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Watch Dogs: Legion is set in a near-future, dystopian version of London. It's a post-Brexit world in which society, politics and technology have changed and altered London's fortunes.

Redmond Carolipio: "Ambition" is the word that pops up with this title. Ubisoft is taking a big swing with its concept of making practically anyone into a workable operative/protagonist through intricate recruiting and missions, and I need to see where they possibly see this going. They could use a win after Breakpoint, and if they find the right mix, they could get it.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: The sheer ambition behind some of the things I've seen and heard about Watch Dogs: Legion is impressive.  Instead of playing just one main character, you play as whoever you recruit for your DedSec organization, and each character has strengths and specialties.  They can also be killed and permanently lost to you, so every mission carries a real risk.  It takes place in a fictionalized London, and I look forward to navigating that city as a post-dystopian surveillance state.

Adam Pavlacka: The original Watch Dogs felt like a videogame version of "Person of Interest," with its commentary on how technology was infiltrating everyone's lives. Watch Dogs 2 was lighter in fare, so the idea of returning to a more serious take with Watch Dogs: Legion is appealing. Set in a post-Brexit London, Legion should have some pointed opportunities for political commentary and varied missions, especially with the "play anyone" premise of the game. This is something that the Hitman games have toyed with (via costume changes), but those were levels of a limited size. The characters in Legion can go anywhere in the world, and they aren't just a different skin. Playing as a grandma is going to offer up different abilities than playing as a boxer.

David Silbert: Initially set for release this March, Watch Dogs: Legion has since been pushed to Ubisoft's fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. That doesn't make us any less excited for the final product.

While the poor reception to Ghost Recon: Breakpoint led Ubisoft to reevaluate the state of its 2020 AAA line-up, the end result bodes well for players. Simply put, Legion's delay means more time in the oven — and more time to make good on the lofty promises from that impressive E3 2019 showcase.

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