This time around, Ubisoft won’t include any AR, augmented reality, games in their upcoming Watch Dogs sequel, Watch Dogs 2.
In a recent interview with GamingBolt, Game Director Danny Belanger revealed the decision of removing AR games, instead you can just “open Nethack” and see the available operations and secrets, which in return will unlock certain side quests.
“AR games from Watch Dogs are not returning…We are offering more city exploration. So as you’re walking around the city, you’ll open Nethack and you’ll discover operations and secrets that will unlock side quests if you want.”
He also announced that seamless co-op has been implemented into Watch Dogs 2, since “you’re part of DedSec” now. They have created specific operations meant for co-op.
“What I can say today is we’re bringing seamless co-op; we’re going to have seamless hacking so someone can come in your game and hack. Now you’re part of DedSec, so you’re part of a hacker group, so we wanted those hackers to work together. So you can be in your single player game but there’s a DedSec ally that’s walking around the street, and if you want you can just go and press a button and go in co-op. We created operations meant for co-op because they’re challenging, so it’s good to have a buddy.”
I was personally a fan of the first Watch Dogs and still play it every now and then, but I was sad that it didn’t live up to what it promised since it had so much potential. I hope Watch Dogs 2 can learn from its predecessor mistakes and capitalize on them.