Watch Dogs Legion Release Date, Pre-Order and All You Need to Know
Watch Dogs Legion Release Date, Pre-Order and All You Need to Know

Watch Dogs: Legion Release Date, Pre-Order and All You Need to Know

Last Updated on August 28, 2021 by Joydeep Ghosh

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion is around the corner, and this is the perfect time for us to discuss all its important developments that occurred so far. The Watch Dogs franchise has been a hot topic for Ubisoft ever since it made its debut, and with the addition of Legion, things are bound to get interesting.

It all started back in 2014 with Aiden Pearce’s story, and here we are, knocking on the door of Watch Dogs 3.

Watch Dogs 2 soon followed 2014’s game, and it delved into a new story following Marcus Holloway. Both the installments received favorable reviews from the critics and focussed on one primary character. The third installment, Watch Dogs: Legion, is going to be different in terms of that.

Set in the heart of post-Brexit London, you’ll have an array of characters to choose from and play as a part of the returning DeadSec. Watch Dogs: Legion’s new gameplay system makes it one of Ubisoft’s most ambitious games to date. 

Here we have compiled all the updates and developments that took place in the course of 2020. So, here is everything that you must know before Watch Dogs: Legion makes its way into the market.

Watch Dogs: Legion Release Date: When does Watch Dogs: Legion come out on PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S?

Watch Dogs: Legion’s PC release date is on October 29, 2020. The game will also be available on Xbox One, PS4, and Google Stadia. PC users will get it exclusively on the Ubisoft Store and Epic Games Store.

That’s all for the current-gen consoles; however, if you plan to buy any of the next-gen consoles, then you’re quite lucky. We consider you lucky because the wait for next-gen consoles isn’t going to be much longer.

Watch Dogs: Legion Xbox Series X and S version will arrive on November 10, 2020. On the other hand, the game come to Sony PS5 on November 12, 2020. One good thing is that you don’t have to wait for November to ensure next-gen readiness. You can already get the game for your current-gen consoles and will be able to upgrade to the next-gen consoles without paying an additional dime.

Watch Dogs: Legion Delayed: Why was Watch Dogs: Legion delayed?

You might already be aware of the fact that the game received several delays in its course. Ubisoft officially announced the game at 2019’s E3 event, and they revealed the official release in 2019’s fall. However, things didn’t go according to plan as the developers postponed it to March 2020.

That didn’t happen as well, as it received its second delay. The game received a release date of October 2020, and the developers issued a statement that read:

more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players.

The delay has been a huge bliss if we believe Clint Hocking, the creative director of Watch Dogs: Legion. Hocking told IGN that it not only game the team more time for improvements but also allowed them to implement new ‘ideas’ that were far beyond their reach had they stuck to their original release date. 

They were also able to add ‘a lot more refinement to traits and the abilities’ of the AI characters that will make them a lot cooler than before. You’ll have more insights and data on these characters, and their refined traits will help you make your dream team.

Watch Dogs: Legion Pre-Order Details (Buying Guide): What is the price of Watch Dogs: Legion?

There are a total of four different editions of the game, and you can place your order on the official website of Ubisoft. With either of the four, you’ll receive a pre-order bonus that is common for all the editions. The pre-order bonus includes the Golden King Pack: – 

  • Golden King Mask (Uneasy Lies Mask Skin)
  • golden skin for two different pistols (Serpent Sisters Gun Skin)
  • Lux Car Skin
Watch Dogs: Legion Pre-Order Bonus Items (via Ubisoft)
Watch Dogs: Legion Pre-Order Bonus Items (via Ubisoft)

Now, to the actual pre-order guide of the game. The price and items included in each of the four editions are as follows:

Watch Dogs: Legion Collector Editon: Priced at $190, it includes the base game, the season pass, and the ultimate pack. The season pass includes two new episodes with new stories, new DeadSec missions, four unique heroes, including Aiden Pearce, a DedSec Car Skin, and Watch Dogs: Complete Edition. 

In contrast, the ultimate pack features three new playable characters, a set of 3 masks, and a 4-week VIP status.

The main exclusive items of this edition are Lighting Ded Coronet Mask, an exclusive steelbook, propaganda posters of DedSec & Albion, and three stickers.

It is currently sold out; however, we expect it to return soon.

Watch Dogs: Legion Ultimate Editon: Priced between $120-$130, this edition includes all the items listed above except the exclusive ones. PlayStation users can pre-order the digital version on PlayStation Store. For Xbox users, you can visit Microsoft Store or Best Buy to book your order. PC users can pre-order exclusively on the Ubisoft Store and Epic Games Store.

Watch Dogs: Legion Gold Editon: Priced between $100-$110, it includes only the pre-order bonus, the base game, and the items in the season pass. 

Where to buy? Same as listed above.

Watch Dogs: Legion Standard Editon: $50-$60 is the price, and it includes only the base game and the pre-order bonus. 

Where to buy? Same as listed in the ultimate edition.

As of now, we don’t have any updates on Watch Dogs: Legion’s availability on Steam.

Watch Dogs: Legion PC System Requirements 

Watch Dogs Legion PC System Requirements
Watch Dogs Legion PC System Requirements (via Ubisoft)

Ubisoft has been on their toes lately, as recently they spilled the beans on the requirements that your PC must meet. They have laid down seven possible configurations needed to run the game at the respective levels. 

It starts from 1920×1080 low preset with Ray-Tracing disabled and goes way up to 4K Ultra with Ray-Tracing enabled. To run at 4K Ultra with Ray-Tracing enabled, you need to have the newly launched RTX 3080 cranking up your PC’s graphics power.

With Ray-Tracing Off:

Min Requirements for 1920×1080 (Low), DX12:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / GeForce GTX 1650
  • Video Memory: 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • HDD: (45GB)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit only)

Recommended Requirements for 1920×1080 (High), DX12:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / GeForce GTX 1660 Super
  • Video Memory: 6GB
  • RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • HDD: (45GB)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit only)

Recommended Requirements for 2560×1440 (High), DX12:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9700 3.0 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
  • Video Memory: 8GB
  • RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • HDD: (45GB)
  • Operating Systeme: Windows 10 (64 bit only)

Recommended Requirements for 3840×2160 (4K), (Ultra) DX12

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / GeForce RTX 3080
  • Video Memory: 10GB
  • RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • HDD: 45GB (+20 GB HD Texture Pack)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit only) (DX12 for an optimal experience, also compatible with “DX11”)

With Ray-Tracing On:

Min Requirements for 1920×1080 (High), Ray-Tracing medium, DLSS Quality, DX12 only:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • Video Memory: 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • HDD: (45GB)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit only)

Recommended Requirements for 2560×1440 (Very High), Ray-Tracing High, DLSS Quality, DX12 only:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9700 3.0 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • Video Memory: 8GB
  • RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • HDD: (45GB)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit only)

Recommended Requirements for 3840×2160 (4K) (Ultra), Ray-Tracing Ultra, DLSS Performance, DX12 only:

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • Video Memory: 10 GB
  • RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • HDDe: 45GB (+20 GB HD Texture Pack)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit only)

Watch Dogs: Legion Gameplay: 

The game will introduce a unique approach in its gameplay, but the overall core element will remain the same. Fans of the previous installments will love to play in London, parkouring in and around the city, taking the fight against the corrupt government. The melee is expected to get better and a lot smoother when it comes to close hand to hand combats.

As usual, hacking will play a pivotal role, and according to Ubisoft, the enemies will fight based on your hostility level. For example, if you don’t wish to use weapons, you can only stick to melee as the enemies won’t pull out their guns as well.

 Recruiting NPCs
Watch Dogs: Legion Recruiting NPCs (via Ubisoft)

It will be the first time that you will not limit yourself to only one character. You can play as anyone in the city and even recruit them based on their abilities. The NPCs (not quite the NPCs) will have their own back story, and upon completing, you’ll be able to play as them, and you can also recruit them to your team after helping with their side-quests.

In an interview with GamesRadar, the lead producer Sean Crooks revealed that characters would have their occupation, wherein lies their expertise. He added

characters move through their calendars; once you profile a person, they will go to their work at the right location.

He explained that the team worked hard to make the game reflect the real-world scenarios and that if players could ‘use their ingenuity’ to figure stuff out, it will work exceptionally well. 

Watch Dogs: Legion Map Size:

The exact measure of the map size is not known, but we do expect it to be the same as part 2, if not bigger. As per the previous interviews, the developers have hinted that Watch Dogs: Legion’s map will be similar to that of Watch Dogs 2’s San Francisco Bay Area.

Other rumors suggest that the map might be bigger than those of the previous two games in the franchise. Nevertheless, the game will be filled with numerous activities to keep you busy throughout your time.

Aiden Pearce to Return to Watch Dogs: Legion:

A big update that directly comes from Ubisoft is the inclusion of the fan-favorite Aiden Pearce. Aiden was the protagonist of the inaugural Watch Dogs game. As mentioned above, Aiden will be available as a playable character to those who own the Season Pass. If you are still now impressed, a separated DLC focussing on Aiden’s story will surely get you on board.

Apart from that, the standalone DLC will feature Watch Dogs 2’s Wrench, Mina (a new character who possesses the ability to control others’ minds), and Darcy from Assassin’s Creed brotherhood.

Watch Dogs: Legion Storyline

The game is set in the futuristic dystopian London after Brexit, and security has taken over the people’s lives. The atmosphere is extremely hostile, and with the integration of high-tech drones and surveillance system into the society, things have gone worse. We get to see a new company, Albion, coming into play. Albion is a private security law enforcement company responsible for maintaining absolute security and screening the law-violators out.

Blume is back on its shenanigans, and the hacker group DeadSec makes its return to free the citizens from the chaos. You will play several missions, help other characters, recruit them for the ultimate plan.

DeadSec Agents

Watch Dogs: Legion DedSec Agents
Watch Dogs: Legion DedSec Agents (via Ubisoft)

Ubisoft has also revealed that there are three different categories of DeadSec agents and you can select your recruited allies into one of these three: Hacker, Enforcer, and Infiltrator.

Hacker: If you prefer stealth and keeping super low-profile, this is the choice, as you’ll perform most of your work through drones. From gathering intel to fighting off enemies, the spider drone can do it all. If you’ve played Watch Dogs 2, you won’t have much difficulty doing all the work.

Enforcer: This is for them who prefer brute force and full-on chaos. The enforcers are excellent in combat skills, and what makes them more interesting is that they carry explosives powerful enough to knock the enemies out cold.

Infiltrators: The final category of DeadSec agents, and these are excellent at stealth. As the name suggests, these are perfect for breaking into any facility, and with their superior skills, they are more likely to perform their jobs unnoticed. Also, they have this unique ability called ‘AR cloak,’ which makes them invisible to the enemies for a short amount of time.

Characters’ Permadeath

This game is definitely not like the previous two when it comes to the death of the characters. Although you can play as anyone in the game, you have to keep in mind that they cannot respawn back. If your character somehow dies during the gameplay, it’s never coming back.

According to rumors, there are several ways you can prevent your character from dying. Still, if you end up getting your operator killed, you will lose the agent for good so, we recommend always plan before rushing blindly during missions.

Watch Dogs: Legion Multiplayer and Co-op

The multiplayer version of Watch Dogs: Legion is scheduled to arrive on December 3, 2020, and fans are much too excited about it. According to Ubisoft, the multiplayer mode will serve as a great refreshment after spending much time on the original single-player story. A much-requested mode, Invasion from Watch Dogs, will make its return. In this mode, you will find yourself as an NPC in other player’s single-player campaign. All you need to do is to hack the data without leaking your identity.

The multiplayer version will offer new exciting missions, Tactical Ops mode (four-player required), and an eight players PvP arena mode.

Watch Dogs: Legion Trailer

You can watch the latest gameplay trailer of Watch Dogs: Legion below to get an idea of what the game is all about.

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