Last year, Ubisoft released its yearly Assassin’s Creed installment in the form of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The game featured many unique characters as well as historical circumstances set during the game’s present day.
The latter instance I’m taking about is the Jack the Ripper DLC that Ubisoft released. The add-on arrived weeks after Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s launch. The content turned out to be a fun twist on history, and starred a killer that was never fully identified by authorities.
Jack the Ripper was actually a serious piece of narrative content that surprised many who experienced it. Evie Frye was the main star of the story and her having to solve the brutal murders and mutilations of prostitutes made for intense storytelling. Ubisoft threw in the interesting twist with gamers playing as Jack the Ripper himself, and then killing victims themselves.
It was a very unique, shocking and unexpected piece of add-on content. Why do I bring this piece of DLC up, you ask? Well, Ubisoft is getting ready to release Watch Dogs 2 this coming Nov. 15 for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and they are touting yet another historical killer as a mission you can experience in the game.
In case you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out below:
Now this is a pre-order bonus instead of a fully-fledged piece of DLC, but the theme seems to be the same. Much like Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer was never identified by the authorities and through a copycat, he’s coming back in Ubisoft’s marquee fall game.
This is an entertaining coincidence to see kind of the same thing happening. It also makes one wonder if gamers will be able to play as the new Zodiac Killer in Watch Dogs 2‘s pre-order mission. Would you want to play as the killer like you did in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate?
I’d add that the killings took place in San Francisco during the late 1960’s. It’s smart this is starring a copycat killer, considering the guy would have to be in his 60’s or 70’s had it actually been the same guy. Regardless though, it’s a chillingly brilliant way to incorporate history into the world of Watch Dogs 2, and I’m interested to see how Ubisoft plays out the mission.
“An unwanted ghost of San Francisco’s past has resurfaced after fifty years. A killer is staging the bodies of his victims all over Oakland like the infamous Zodiac Killer of the Sixties, and he’s taunting the police and news outlets with coded messages. Will you succeed in decrypting the messages and hunting down the copycat?” Ubisoft stated.
Watch Dogs 2 will launch this coming Nov. 15 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Watch Dogs.