Watch Dogs: Legion will be released for practically everything, plus thanks to an analysis, we can now learn more about the look of the game.
First, here is a brief overview from Ubisoft:
What the game is about?
It is time to take back London, and anyone you see in this iconic city can be recruited to your resistance. Corrupt opportunists have taken over and it’s up to you to build a resistance to give the city back to the people. With an entire population of potential recruits and the city’s technology at your fingertips, you’ll need to hack, infiltrate, and fight your way to liberate London. Welcome to the Resistance.
- Play as Anyone – Build a team with a huge range of characters to choose from, all bringing their own unique abilities. From a brilliant hacker to a getaway driver, from a football hooligan to an inconspicuous old lady, everyone has a unique backstory, personality, and skillset that should be used in unique situations. Customize your Legion with enhanced gadgets, unique outfits and iconic masks.
- An Immersive Story – After a mysterious assailant initiates devastating terror attacks on London, DedSec, a secret underground resistance who is being blamed for the attacks and is on the brink of annihilation, needs your help. Your mission is to rebuild DedSec to fight back against those who wish to keep London oppressed. You will continue to meet colorful characters along the way – both villains and allies – in your fight for London.
- Hacking is Your Weapon – Weaponize London’s tech infrastructure, and unleash DedSec’s mastery of technology: hijack armed combat drones, reconstruct past events using augmented reality to discover who is behind the terror attacks, and hack your way through the most advanced security systems. Upgrade and deploy tech gadgets such as the Stealth Cloak, the Spiderbot, a Micro-Missile Launcher, and the powerful Electro Fist in a brand new melee system.
- Liberate an Open-World London – Explore a massive urban open world and fight to liberate London’s many famous landmarks—including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Camden, Piccadilly Circus, or the London Eye—and engage in side activities like bareknuckle boxing, darts, freestyle football, illegal courier contracts or street art.
- Team Up with Friends – Join forces with up to three friends in online multiplayer as you freely explore London together or take on special co-op missions, and unique game modes. Enjoy free regular updates adding new online content, rewards and themed events.
Now the two official videos from Ubisoft:
It has been moving our imagination for a very long time how the game will look on a PC, with maximum graphics and raytracing support.
The Digital Foundry YouTube channel gives a detailed presentation with technical commentary on the PC version with a game running at maximum settings. It looks astounding.
The video of the game is roughly 10 minutes of gameplay, recorded on a PC with an RTX 2080 Ti (the 11 Gb version of which is roughly around 1700 euros!), In 1080p, with 60 FPS expectations, with maximum settings, including complete with raytracing. 60 FPS? That would have been the goal, but the expensive configuration couldn’t take the game, it couldn’t hold Full HD / 60 FPS. However, this video recorded from the game allowed to the press gives a great insight into the final look of the game, but if the system requirements remain so brutal, we can certainly expect downgrades and other compromises.
We also get a little insight into the config menu, where options such as graphic quality, geometric detail, resolution, texture filtering, shadows, reflections – most of which can be set within 5 different values - and various effects such as depth of field or degree of blur can be adjusted.
Of course, such a brutal video card also has extras, so the graphics settings include the DLSS rendering mode, which provides a much clearer image and better performance. If you want, you can also maximize the detail of different objects and set their loading distance (LOD), which is how far the game can display them with great detail. In addition, the internal resolution can be further enhanced.
As for the detail of raytracing, it seems to be present even when windows, water surfaces and metals reflect light, so our car will now light up like a Christmas tree under the night lights. As for the second half of the video, it’s clear that the resolution of other natural reflections themselves is lower then – which at least reflects everything, absolutely every object and every NPC.
The next installment in the Watch Dogs series will arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC, on the latter via Epic Games Store and Uplay interface on October 29th.
Ubisoft said the game will also be released on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but no release date for those yet. On the other hand, gamers who will buy the current generation PS4 or XO version of the game can upgrade it later to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for free.
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