Ubisoft is getting ready to launch a handful of games this fall and one of the biggest has to be the upcoming open-world hacking game, Watch Dogs 2. It has been over two and a half years since the series’ debut was launched, and gamers will soon get to experience the new world of San Francisco.

Hacking is the chief mechanic that sets Watch Dogs apart from any other open-world out there, and apparently, the firm has embellished upon what that means in Watch Dogs 2. Ubisoft has said the world is going to feel more alive for players, and the changes they’ve made to hacking should help that feeling show even more.

A player might take a look at the game and say it’s just a hacking game, but for the developers on the title, it’s much more than that. Watch Dogs 2 Creative Director Jonathan Morin talked about the hacking ideals in the game as well as what they hope to achieve with it all.

“Hacking is all about this ability to think outside the box because you see the possibilities that go beyond the rules. It’s about having ideas. When the player [grabs] the controller, the more he’s gonna understand how these things work, he/she is going to start having ideas, and that’s what a hacker has, ideas on how to fix stuff, break stuff or mess around with it.

“The state of mind of Watch Dogs is simply educating people and at the same time having fun with it. These connections can create pretty fun mechanics and that’s what we are here for. That’s why we chose the subject matter. Not only is it interesting and it’s relevant, but it’s also pretty fun to mess around with,” Morin said.

From the brief demo of Watch Dogs 2 that I played back at E3 2016, I could instantly tell how different the hacking mechanic was being used. It is no longer a simple one press mechanic because the types of hacks will vary greatly. You can hack cars in different directions and you can even hack people in the universe in different ways.

When I first picked up the controller to play Watch Dogs 2, I didn’t immediately have the hang of hacking, which was refreshing because I still remembered all of the hacking controls from the first thing. I believe hacking has been changed morei in the sense that it’s deeper than they simply altered the controls.

We’ll all see just how Ubisoft has improved the hacking mechanic when Watch Dogs 2 launches this coming Nov. 15. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

About Steve Ruygrok

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