Watch Dogs 2 is out TODAY! Here’s the launch trailer, complete with some great new footage, story details, and Marcus Holloway doing his best “cool guys don’t look at explosions” walk.
Obviously we’ve been playing the game, and it’s a blast. If you’re on the fence, bear in mind the following: About 20 minutes in, Marcus wakes up with a terrible hangover on the floor of an unknown lady’s beach house. He stumbles outside into the bright sunlight and leans against the beach-front railings to catch his breath. Tower of Power’s 1973 classic So Very Hard To Go fades up (check out the brass players in that video!), the camera pans across the sun-drenched San Francisco Bay, the opening credits kick in, and you get the idea that this is going to be a very different game to Watch Dogs 1. That idea is confirmed when the credits finish and Marcus, breath caught, finds himself locked outside in only boxers and a vest (much to the amusement of passing AI characters,) on his first mission: to buy some trousers.
Unfortunately things aren’t yet perfect in our virtual San Francisco. For the short term, the online features “Hacker Invasion”and “Bounty” are currently unavailable due to an issue with Watch Dogs 2’s seamless multiplayer functionality. The full statement from the team follows:
During the pre-launch phase of Watch Dogs 2, we were disappointed to discover an issue tied to the seamless multiplayer feature that caused the game to lag and crash periodically. In order to eliminate that issue at launch, and for players to enjoy a smooth game play experience, we have decided to wait to launch the seamless multiplayer feature so it would not impact the core gameplay experience.
To be clear, players can fully enjoy the entire single-player experience without any concerns. Additionally, co-op is still fully functional by inviting friends through the game menu. However, the Bounty-Hunter mode and other activities that would occur with other outside players who enter your game will be unavailable until the issue is resolved. We truly appreciate the patience of our player community.
Keep an eye on the in-game news feed to find out when the multiplayer features will return, and stay tuned for more on Watch Dogs 2 in the coming weeks!