Watch Dogs 2 Game Director Danny Belanger reveals that players will be able to complete Watch Dogs 2 in its entirety without ever taking a life.
Ubisoft has been showing off plenty of Watch Dogs 2 gameplay at E3 2016 this year, and that hands-on mentality has allowed for some very in-depth looks at the title. We got a chance to get our mitts on Watch Dog 2 during E3 2016, and found that the dark and brooding atmosphere of the original game had been replaced by a more upbeat and charismatic setting, both in terms of location and protagonist. Now, we also know that players can fully beat Watch Dogs 2 without without committing a homicide – though a few broken noses along the way are still a given.
Earlier today, Watch Dogs 2 Game Director Danny Belanger was asked if a non-lethal playthrough was even possible in the game, and he responded with a very positive affirmation that it was – and it was all thanks to the prerogative of the game’s design team to make it that way from the very beginning.
Here’s the direct statement from the man himself:
“Absolutely. One of our goals is to support non-lethal. We’re trying to do more than that, but right now what I can say is, definitely non-lethal is possible. And it’s actually one of the values we want to push in this game. It might be difficult depending on some set piece missions or things like that, but being non-lethal for sure. We will support that. That’s the mandate we were giving to the team.”
Of course, players who wish to go ham in regards to firearms are still able to do so, and Belanger just wanted to emphasize that there will always be a non-lethal route to complete the game – even if it makes the experience more difficult. On the streets of San Francisco, players will be able use a variety of non-lethal combos and hacks, as well as a taser gun to cover non-lethal ranged takedowns.
Ubisoft put out a brand new gameplay trailer for the game yesterday, which showed a variety of both stealth-based gameplay and gun-based combat. Players will also to do much more in the Watch Dogs universe the second time around, with new activities ranging from customizing cars to flying a drone copter. The original Watch Dogs was equally as successful with building up hype ahead of its release, but failed to deliver on the promises it made – this time around, at the very least, it looks like the promise of non-lethal capabilities is a very attainable one.
Watch Dogs 2 is scheduled to release on November 15, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.