The gameplay demo shown during the publisher’s E3 conference confirmed the the previously leaked London setting for Ubisoft Toronto‘s title, kicking off in Piccadilly Circus before jumping to a mission in Camden market.
Creative director Clint Hocking took to the stage to say the game takes place in a near future UK that has become an oppressive surveillance state, where ordinary citizens are preyed upon by a corrupt private military corporation and a powerful crime syndicate.
Players must recruit Londoners to form a resistance movement. “You don’t just play as one hero, you play as many,” he said. “In Watch Dogs Legion you can play as and recruit everyone.
“In our game, every Londoner is persistently simulated,” with their own backstory, he added. “They are the stars of our story.”
Ubisoft added in a press release: “Once they join the team, players choose their class, level them up, and unlock new abilities and upgrades. They can easily swap between them and approach the challenges of the game the way they want using hacking and drones, stealth, melee or combat, lethal or non-lethal.”
The game will support four-player co-op, with progression shared between single-player and online modes.
Ubisoft has also announced various special editions of the game, which are shown off in the trailer below. Pre-order bonuses include early access, while the press release mentions a season pass.
Watch Dogs Legion will be available on Uplay+, Ubisoft’s newly announced PC subscription service.