If you thought the Watch Dogs series from Ubisoft dove into cringeworthy internet culture before, Watch Dogs Legion might push you to the edge(lord).
UPDATE: Ubisoft has pretty much flipped the “all of our games are inevitably leaked” switch, confirming on social media that Watch Dogs Legion is the next game in the franchise and more will be revealed during E3 2019. The original report is seen below.
ORIGINAL: As we prepare for the end of the eighth generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony as they prepare to join Nintendo and the Nintendo Switch in the ninth console generation, it’s hard not to look back to the origins in preparation for what lies ahead. I will undoubtedly look at how Watch Dogs was promised as a game presentation in preparation for my expectations surrounding Watch Dogs Legion.
The new title, which will be the third in Ubisoft’s open-world hackathon franchise, was first discovered by The Nerd Mag, who spotted an Amazon UK listing for Watch Dogs Legion. Kotaku has also verified the title and can confirm some of the features coming to this third title as well as the basis for the game.
The trash of a great country by the dog-whistling, racist undertoned political messaging of the Leave campaign is Ubisoft’s treasure, as Watch Dogs Legion will take place in a post-Brexit dystopian future. Even today, London is home to some of the highest number of CCTV surveillance, making the number of objects you can hack a desirable trait for the game.
Not only can you use the cameras to spy on virtually everything within this fictionalized (prophetic?) version of London, but Watch Dogs Legion will let you play as any individual NPC that you meet. They have animations, voice lines, and multiple perspectives that will help round out the story.
The scope of that gameplay mode is unknown at the time, but with a name like Watch Dogs Legion invoking the namesake of anonymous, the internet hacktivist group renown for some of the biggest counter-culture protests of the 2000s, it seems like “We are legion” will apply to the potential player character options.
Just make sure you don’t make a drinking game out of hearing “remember, remember, the fifth of November” and anonymous references when Ubisoft eventually reveals the game in an official capacity.