Watch Dogs 2 is official, coming in November

Ubisoft has finally, officially announced that Watch Dogs 2 will be out on November 15. The new game will star a new character, Marcus Holloway, a young, brilliant hacker who joins Dedsec to help fight corruption in the San Francisco Bay Area after he's accused of a crime he didn't commit. 

Ubisoft said Holloway will be a different sort of character than Aiden Pearce, the hero of the original Watch Dogs: More expressive, handy in a fight, and far better at parkour. More significantly, he'll be able to hack every character in the game rather than just pre-selected targets, as well as cars and most of the city's electronics, and will even acquire the ability to perform mass hacks. Different toys, like an RC jumper with an extending arm and a quad-copter drone, will enable Holloway to complete his tasks quietly and elegantly, but a noisier approach, with guns and gusto, is always on the table.

“In Watch_Dogs 2, we’re excited to give players a captivating storyline with engaging characters that offers deeper, more meaningful hacking options, a greater variety of gadgets and weapons and a brand new seamless multiplayer experience that will appeal to fans of the original Watch_Dogs as well as players new to the brand,” Senior Producer Dominc Guay said. 

Watch Dogs 2 will be available in three editions—Deluxe, Gold, and Collector's—and preordering any of them will also get you a bonus mission, Zodiac Killer, which will unlock an exclusive outfit when completed. Ubisoft also officially released the Watch Dogs 2 reveal trailer that leaked yesterday, and a Marcus Holloway intro video, both of which you can check out below.

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.