Watch Dogs Legion to Have Huge ‘Potential’ Replayability; Permadeath Is a ‘Tactical Choice’
Watch Dogs Legion made quite the impression on Nate when he checked out the game at E3 2019. In a recent community event called 'Ubisoft Experience', Josh Cook, Art Director of Watch Dogs Legion, revealed some new tidbits on Watch Dogs Legion, such as the game's potentially huge replayability.
Something else within that city that maybe people really don’t know about know about is the locations are recastable.
To make a complex system like play as anyone work, we have to have that opportunity to return to different places and do different things; so you might see the E3 demo, where you’re sent to Scotland Yard to perform an objective. If I was to do that mission again with a different person, it might be sending me somewhere else. It might be sending me to Camden police station, or down to the one in Nine Elms or over to MI6.
The locations and the world are very diverse and recastable, so we have a huge amount of potential for replayability within our version of London.
Cook also discussed the unique permadeath system that Watch Dogs Legion will use for the recruitable player characters, describing it as a tactical choice for players.
Permadeath is a bit of a controversial inclusion in the game. But it's something that I personally love, I think a lot of people actually really love the way that amplifies the stakes of the game. I think it's very important to note that permadeath is a result of a tactical choice. You have the decision to make, you have the opportunity to surrender, and your operatives will enter a cooldown period where they'll be placed in a hospital or a prison or in different circumstances depending on how they go down.
But it's a tactical choice. If you choose not to surrender, then you're putting your operative at risk and they are at risk of dying, they will be done and they will be dead and they won't be coming back. It really raises the stakes, it makes the game very exciting. It's a risk/reward situation - losing them for a brief time, or continuing on and finishing up that last bit of progress - that makes for some really exciting moments in the game and I'm glad we have it. I personally love it, I think it's a great idea.
Watch Dogs Legion is scheduled to release on March 6th, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia.