Watch Dogs: Legion is set in post-Brexit London and even though Ubisoft has confirmed that the game is not political it seems that it does have some political undertones. Ubisoft mentioned that the setting of the game was decided way before the Brexit vote.
Watch Dogs: Legion was one of the major highlights of E3 2019. Ubisoft revealed that you can play as any character that you see in the game. This is a very different idea and we have not seen anything like this before.
Ubisoft’s Alain Corre addressed the political undertones of Watch Dogs: Legion and mentioned that the game is political in a way. the following is what she had to say regarding the matter:
I think that in every country of the world there are some people who are not happy about the mass surveillance, about some technologies that are damaging their freedom, it’s happening everywhere. So what we wanted to do in Watch Dogs is give players the possibility to be someone different, maybe to experience some new things they’ve never done, to think differently.
Even with the political undertones, Watch Dogs: Legion is not trying to make a statement and it is not trying to tell the player what to think. It is supposed to be a fun game which is different. Players will have the freedom to explore London with different characters that have different backstories and skills.
Another interesting thing is that the characters can permanently die. If you are not careful you might lose your favorite character. Characters that players control do not respawn, like in other titles that you might have played. Corre went on to mention the following:
We’re not there to tell them what they have to think at all. What we want is to offer possibilities to explore new ways of behaving, new ways of exploring, and at the end of the day they make their own minds up. What is important to us when we create games is to bring fun and happiness to them. And also if we can bring them some possibilities for them to enrich their life, then we have achieved our mission.
The original Watch Dogs was not well received and while Watchdogs 2 was much better it was not a success due to the blunders that Ubisoft had made in the original game. Watch Dogs: Legion is a very interesting concept but we will need to get some hands-on time with the game before we can come to a verdict.
Let us know what you think about Watch Dogs: Legion and whether or not you are interested in playing the game when it comes out next year.