Ubisoft’s highly anticipated open-world sandbox game sequel, Watch Dogs 2 is now less than a month away from release!… At least, that remains true for consoles. The publisher announced a bit of a wrinkle with the game’s PC version today, namely that it wouldn’t be releasing on time with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One builds of Watch Dogs 2. While the console versions are still on schedule for November 15th worldwide, the PC version has been bumped two weeks, now having a new worldwide release date of November 29th.
Ubisoft claimed that the PC delay for Watch Dogs 2 was due to an extended need for extra polish and optimization, so that it best meets the publisher’s standards, and the standards of the PC gaming market. This is unsurprising, considering that the original Watch Dogs from 2014 launched its PC version alongside the initial console builds on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and that PC port was plagued with launch issues, including bugs, poor optimization and botched UPlay DRM that rendered the PC version of Watch Dogs unplayable for several days.
Watch Dogs 2 abandons the original game’s setting of Chicago for the fresh new backdrop of San Francisco, placing players in control of a new super-hacker protagonist, Marcus Holloway. The game’s hacking mechanics, activities and challenges are being vastly expanded in contrast to its predecessor, along with the option to allow players to control remote vehicles, and hunt down other players online that cause too much trouble in their game worlds, to secure ‘bounties’ for additional rewards. As with the previous game, the PlayStation 4 version of Watch Dogs 2 is also the flagship version, and will be the focal point of marketing, along with including priority DLC releases, with the DLC releasing for the Xbox One and PC versions a month after it comes to PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 version of Watch Dogs 2 will also boast enhanced technical upgrades on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro console revision.
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