Watch Dogs Legion
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Watch Dogs: Legion launched last year to a decent reception. The long-awaited sequel to the tech-obsessed franchise didn’t turn out to be a bust like many were worried about, but it certainly didn’t arrive as promised. One key component missing from the game was the online mode. Ubisoft cited development limitations, which were clearly due to the pandemic. While it was disappointing news, most fans were pretty familiar with the concept of delays by the time the announcement came. Fortunately, the online mode for Watch Dogs: Legion now has an official date. Get ready to incite anarchy with friends on March 9. No purchase necessary to jump in.

You’ll be able to experience several features in the initial version of the online mode. Naturally the game will support free-roam open-world co-op where players can team up with their friends. London will be available for exploration with city events, unique challenges, and side activities. We’re not entirely sure how the recruiting function will work online, but Ubisoft promises you can still do so in the online mode. You’ll also be able to play new co-op missions for two-to-four players using new co-op gameplay mechanics. 

 

Play casually or get tactical

Tactical Ops are also coming to the online mode of Watch Dogs: Legion. It’s composed of five interconnected narrative missions and is meant to be endgame content. The developers emphasize bringing a strong team with upgraded equipment in order to be successful. This one’s called “Leader of the Pack.”

If you’re tired of PvE though, you can also try out some PvP action. You’ll fight it out in Spiderbot Arena, where four players control said robots in a free-for-all deathmatch.

No online game would be complete without leveling options and unlockable content though. All of these activities will earn you XP to increase your rank and earn you rewards. You’ll also receive influence points, which you can use to unlock new operatives or upgrade DedSec gadgets.

You are the squad

If you’re more of a solo player, Ubisoft has you covered with some new content. Season Pass holders can look forward to Guardian Protocol, which tasks players with stopping a rogue AI algorithm that wants to turn drones into autonomous genocidal robots. Don’t let the Matrix happen. Not in Our name is the other mission. It entails an investigation into an imposter DedSec faction that’s giving the real DedSec a bad name. Don’t let them ruin your five star ratings!

watch dogs: Legion online mode

The delayed online mode for Watch Dogs: Legion will net a better experience for players now that the game has benefited from major updates over the past several months. Update 3.0 brought Watch Dogs: Legion up to par in a number of ways, and the game feels pretty stable and smooth these days. The current state of Watch Dogs: Legion bodes well for the online mode. Let’s just hope Ubisoft brings the game online without any unexpected hitches.

Watch Dogs: Legion is available on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. You can also experience it via the Stadia, Amazon Luna, and Ubisoft+ streaming services.

Kevin Foley
Kevin's go-to gaming genres are shooters, RPGs, and tactical strategy, though he enjoys the occasional puzzle game too. When he finds a narrative he really likes, he feels inclined to tell the world all about it. When he's not writing about games, he's tinkering with tech to see how it can improve gaming experiences.

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