Ubisoft is no stranger to controversy, usually thanks to the company decisions with their Assassin’s Creed titles, but with their upcoming title, Watch Dogs: Legion, the controversy is aiding the story.
Unveiled at E3, WDL presents a dystopian vision of a post-Brexit London, where there’s an immigration crisis of people trying to re-enter the EU.
“Everything’s gone completely off the rails,” says Clint Hocking, the game’s creative director. “Authoritarians are taking over, the economy has collapsed, private military corporations have sort of rolled in to fill the gap after the defunding of the Met and defunding of the military. The surveillance apparatus that has protected us for 75 years is being turned against the population, undesirables are being filtered out, people are being pressed out of the country.”
Players feature as people fighting the regime in a resistance movement, a group called Deadsec. A new feature means gamers can recruit and play as any character in the game, each with their own backstory and skills, meaning there’s not one main character.
“There’s a massive immigration crisis,” says Hocking. “People are being pushed out of the country, they’re trying to leave, the EU has put in a pre-processing centre to sort of stem the flow of people flooding back into the European Union, so that they can understand what’s going on and track everyone.”
The game is set for release in March 2020.