He’s rough, he’s tough… and he’s a whole lot of crazy. The bearded badass hacker T-Bone makes his triumphant return, this time taking center stage in a new piece of Watch Dogs downloadable content titled Bad Blood. Available September 23 for Season Pass holders and September 30 for all other players, Bad Blood has a full story campaign that includes 10 new missions set throughout the game’s open-world Chicago.
But why T-Bone, as opposed to Clara or Jordi? Because T-Bone makes sense when it comes to both the story and the gameplay. “We had to look at what each character would bring to the DLC that might make them different from Aiden Pearce without reducing our ability to fully interact with the world,” says Scriptwriter Ethan Petty. In other words, the right character had to excel at hacking, driving and shooting – all core elements of the Watch Dogs experience. “T-Bone is an old-school hacker and engineer heavily linked to ctOS. He’s got a rebel spirit and can take care of himself in a fight. He has an unexplored backstory that gives him a solid reason to fight. And he represents the ‘maker culture’ of hacking, which brings new machines and gadgets to our game.”
Which brings us to what might be the best supporting character in Bad Blood: the remote-controlled Eugene, a mini-car outfitted with a variety of cool gadgets. “Eugene is T-Bone’s kind of pet,” says Content Director Bogdan Bridinel. “Being small, it can easily sneak by enemies and pass through small gaps to reach locations normally inaccessible to T-Bone. It can hack anything that T-bone can, and can be upgraded with cool gadgets like a stun gun or a self-destruction mechanism that creates a big explosion.” Don’t worry if Eugene gets blown sky high; Bridinel reassures us that with the right components, T-Bone can craft the RC car again.
Also unique to Bad Blood: armed security cameras. Bridinel describes these as “an inventive defensive device created by literally strapping a remote controlled gun to a security camera.” Playing as T-Bone, you can hack into these armed security cameras just like you would with any camera in the game, then aim the gun and fire on enemies without their having any idea what hit them.
As for the story, Petty tells us the team wanted to “lighten up the mood” in the DLC, which also makes the quirky and headstrong T-Bone the perfect leading man for this raucously fun campaign. When we last heard from T-Bone in Watch Dogs, he was preparing to leave Chicago. “When we catch up to him in the DLC, he’s finally ready to do that,” Petty says. “He’s got one last Blume break-in to plant a false trail for the ctOS, before he heads in the opposite direction and retires to a life of open water and endless mojitos.” Those plans are soon jeopardized when Tobias Frewer calls him from a car trunk. T-Bone must then choose between his desire to finally get out of this life – or risk everything for an old friend. While you can probably guess what T-Bone chooses, Petty offers this helpful hint: “You won’t be sipping mojitos in the DLC!” he laughs.
Bad Blood also lets players explore new areas of Watch Dogs’ Chicago. “Our main goal was to bring a breath of fresh air for the player, to let them discover and explore new outdoors and indoors areas,” says Art Director Cédric Humeau. That means new ctOS and Blume offices in the higher-rent districts – along with some deep dives into the darker corners of the Windy City. “T-Bone is a character with a haunted past, and his journey will lead him through unknown, forbidden and abandoned places,” Humeau says. “On the north coast of Pawnee or in the heart of Brandon Docks, new areas will help build the story and immerse the player as he advances in his journey. There is a lot more to this, but we don’t want to spoil this new adventure for you.” (Humeau did let slip one tasty tidbit: we’ll get to explore T-Bone’s new HQ, aka “Junkyard 2.0”!)
Players won’t just get the narrative-driven, secrets-packed campaign with Bad Blood; the upcoming DLC also opens up the new Street Sweep contracts. “Street sweep missions allow T-Bone to acquire more skills and notoriety by dealing with the gangs in Chicago, killing two birds with one stone,” says Game Designer Aurelien Chiron. T-Bone will learn about gang activities from Detective Sheila Billings. Each situation will have several different objectives that range from taking down multiple gang members and destroying their stash, to protecting a witness from being killed. “You are not only weakening Chicago’s criminal gangs but also getting new exclusive perks and Street Sweep tags,” Chiron explains. “The Street Sweep tags are exclusive tokens needed to unlock T-Bone’s new fancy outfits.”
These Street Sweep missions are generated by a new “Street Sweep manager,” offering up unlimited and varied missions. They also have their own leaderboards, and can all be played co-op. “The new co-op mode was something we really wanted to add in the DLC,” Chiron says. “The fantasy of playing T-Bone and a sidekick with your friends to take down some bad guys together was really strong. With the endless Street Sweep content, we had the perfect opportunity to build a co-op mode for the player that adds a lot of replay value!”
Whether you play Bad Blood solo, or jump into co-op with Street Sweeps, the new DLC also offers a new gameplay experience that fits perfectly in Watch Dogs’ world. “T-Bone is mainly different in his personality, his motivation and the way he’s tied to the Windy City,” Chiron says. “In terms of gameplay, you will see T-Bone dealing with close combat differently from Aiden. He has his own little tricks and he won’t hesitate to use them. We also made some changes in acquiring craft materials to make it easier to use all the crafted tools since it fits T-Bone’s style.”
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ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
I rented watch dogs from Gamefly so can I download bad blood from psn and still play it even though I'm using a disc copy?
I really enjoyed the bad blood addition. Just wish the story was longer. By the way, how does T-Bone "save game"? i can't find his bed to save.
I have the DLC downloaded in steam (verified as its on the downloaded files section), but can't find it in the menus? Even tried starting a new game to see if that worked... just lost my previous save game. I have the PC version with season pass and everything is downloaded (actually downloaded it twice 3.3gb to see if that was the issue).... not happy I lost my saved game and still cant play the DLC... its nowhere!!! (in Australia)
I have downloaded the bad blood dlc but cant find where to pkay as tbone what is this?? I have had season pass sone i bought the game and yes bad blood only has just been released on ps4 i know, but i have it now so where fo i actually find it to pkay it its indtalled and ready?
Due to unforeseen issues, there will be a slight delay accessing the DLC for some Season Pass holders. PS4 Season Pass owners IN EUROPE will be able to access the DLC on the 24th. Xbox 360 Season Pass owners WORLDWIDE will have access in the coming days. The team is fully dedicated to solve this issue. More news to come soon. We’d like to apologize in advance for this inconvenience.
How do I access bad blood? I have had the season pass from day one and it is ment to release today for season pass holders but I don't seem to be able to find it. Thanks for any help.
I would be really pleased if with this major update/DLC WatchDogs would have more slots for the "new game" compartment, and not just starting everything from scratch on the same slot.
Also I would be glad if you would add the possibility to generate random Gang Hideout missions for the Aiden story, not just the main 15 missions.
Also, is the DLC story related to the Dark Clouds story?
It would be cool if it did aiden was alright would like to see more gameplay of the dlc always been a fan of ubisoft assassins creed series loved watchdogs so I know they will not disappoint so to all the haters out there this game is not gta so quit whining about stuff the game looks great Chicago looks awesome and it's a game stop being so serious move out of grandmas basement and get a job a girlfriend and a life if you all are complaining then don't buy the game or dlc go to school get a degree and make your own game so in other words great job ubisoft the game is awesome and I'm definitely getting the dlc thanks for all your hard work guys
Any way you could dig into this a little bit Gary? Watch Dogs is sort of leading the Ubisoft charge for integrating things seamlessly into the single player experience. I'm hoping they're doing it with this and not sacrificing any of the original content just to let us play as Dreadlocks McGee.
What I want to know is how this DLC is implemented. Is it sectioned off in the main menu? And it sounds like I can only play the Street Sweep missions as T-Bone. Why can't I play them as Aiden as part of my other side activities? If I play as T Bone does he get access to all the side activities Aiden does? I really hate it when DLC fragments things to do and assigns them to only certain characters or conditions. I'm really hoping this is just integrated into the main game.
Hah! It took me a minute too... so you're not alone. The entrance is around back. Check the other side of the building.
It's out now. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to our Xbox 360 Season Pass holders for this slight delay.
Hey Nick! Good questions. Watch Dogs Bad Blood directly follows the events of Watch Dogs. This means that many of the missions, side investigations and side missions are directly related to the Watch Dogs storyline - they simply wouldn't exist if it wasn’t for Aiden's actions.
That's why part of the new content isn't accessible while playing Aiden's story. On the other hand, a lot of Watch Dogs content can be accessible from both the main game and Bad Blood, including Digital Trips, AR mobile games, city games, online invasion and more.
I have the PC version and it says it already downloaded in the DLC section but still not in the game menu when the game starts up?????