Showing posts with label Watch Dogs: Legion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Watch Dogs: Legion. Show all posts

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Watch Dogs: Legion and HitRecord Collaboration Creates Controversy

A partnership with HitRecord to create original music for Watch Dogs: Legion sparks controversy for Ubisoft.

After an initial leak from Amazon product listing, developer/publisher Ubisoft eventually revealed their upcoming open-world hacking adventure game Watch Dogs: Legion before having premiering it at E3 2019 event last month.

Currently, it is due for a March 6, 2020 release on Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, publishers are already on hot water after announcing partnership with production company HitRecord to produce music for Legion.

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Watch Dogs: Legion and HitRecord Collaboration Creates Controversy

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HitRecord is an online platform owned by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, Looper), where its users generate unique ideas for different media and through collaboration, everyone is allowed to take part and improve those as well.

On their recent endeavor with Ubisoft, 10 original songs for upcoming open-world hacktivism adventure are being requested from fan community and they will be will be paying $20,000 for each new song that makes it to final game.

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In a recent video, Joe Gordon-Levitt has ‏announced this news to members of the site so that they can all participate.




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Almost immediately, an old debate regarding companies soliciting work from fans for big budget games is resurfaced. This however, is not Ubisoft's first rodeo to work with HitRecord and generate controversy for their approach.

They announced working with Levitt's company to get art and music from fans for Beyond Good & Evil 2 at E3 2018 presentation. Both of these companies saw this as a rare opportunity to take part in development but professionals calls it speculative work.

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One of their requirement lists for a "Battle Anthem Metal Song", which would be focused around themes like 'Anticipation', 'Determination', 'Marching to battle', 'Power' and 'Violence' as mentioned in its project overview.

WDL lets you play as almost anyone from a vast open-world setting to create your resistance against an authoritative regime and creative director, Cling Hocking came up with an idea to work with fans from over the globe to create its music.

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Although all proceedings are going to be distributed by HitRecord to people who contributed in this creative process, people are viewing it as replacing talents to work on their projects and trying to get spec work from a volunteer crowd.

Whether or not HitRecord creators see this collab as exploitation, industry professionals are strongly against their business model of going after non-exclusive license content rather than hiring someone on consistent payment.

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During their first attempt last year, people started trending a #nospec hashtag on Twitter to protest this idea. Renowned industry figures like Mike Bithell, Rami Ismail and Scott Benson has voiced their displeasure over this partnership.

Regardless of how bad majority of a pissed off crowd is trying to paint this partnership as bad, some small time indie creators are still getting benefitted when their work is selected and though it comes rather cheap, the money helps.

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They suggested that the publisher may hire artists to commission new songs or license existing tracks for their game. It can also lead to hours of work that doesn't end up being successful submissions and have no use for many creators in the end.

Besides, $2,000 is relatively a very small amount considering how much time needs to put in to a licensed song for AAA-title and it ultimately gets split between everyone who had a contribution that made it to a winning submission.

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Ubisoft has addressed the criticism by stating that they are currently working with artists and composers on over 140 licensed songs and an original score for Legion and contribution from HitRecord community is completely voluntary.

Watch Dogs: Legion will be set a near future version of London where society is now under constant surveillance and ruled by a corrupt private military. In a post-Brexit era, secret hactivist group DedSec returns once again to thwart them over.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Watch Dogs: Legion E3 2019 Reveal

Ubisoft premiers Watch Dogs: Legion at E3 2019 event with gameplay footage and a release date set for 2020.

There has been rumor out there for long that developer/publisher Ubisoft was working on a new installment of Watch Dogs game from their popular action-adventure series, which got leaked by Amazon and then officially confirmed.

A worldwide reveal event at E3 2019 for upcoming open-world hacking adventure game Watch Dogs: Legion was announced. Ubisoft press conference gave us an introduction, gameplay video and an official release date of March 6, 2020.

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Watch Dogs: Legion E3 2019 Reveal

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An official world premiere trailer from stage of E3 gives you an exclusive first-look at story premise of WDL.




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We already know Legion is set in post-Brexit era of London city that has completely become a futuristic dystopia through a leaked retailer listing from last week. Citizens become second class following drastic change in politics and technology.

What we know was how almost everyone and everything was under constant surveillance network but what we didn't know was that society is taken over by corrupt private military organization and there are killer drones.

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A resistance is formed by secret hactivist group DedSec, who makes their awaited return and player goes out to recruit various NPCs each one with different attributes and skills from open-world streets of London to join their collective.

One of your fellow citizens passing by could be a former MI5 operative, a prominent hacker or a grandma who used to be a professional assassin. Their unique set of skills will often be key to complete various mission objectives at hand.

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Recruit Your Resistance

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You may need to pick someone expert in combat who can punch his way out of trouble or good at infiltration to get in places harder to reach. Getting a doctor within your group can benefit all of your team members with health buff.

Though often seem as random, their character traits are distinct and you can literally pick up anyone from in-game world to recruit into your fold. However, none of them will join DedSec immediately and you have to approach them each in different ways.

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Players can amass up to 20 rebel members from entire populace to join them and you can switch between them at any time to properly employ their diverse talents. Plus, leveling up your crew earns them extra perks and necessary adjustments.

If you get into a situation and get knocked up, you can either keep fighting or surrender. There is a permadeath system, which means you are out if you go down but if you are sent to jail, at least another DedSec member can bail you out.

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E3 2019 has also brought us a gameplay walkthrough of Legion for a detailed outlook of how things are played out.




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Ubisoft has planned out a very ambitious gameplay system for WDL by taking their time where hacking your way through London is the only way to get by since civil liberties have been trampled long ago and your rights means nothing.

Aside from arriving on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at launch, Watch Dogs: Legion will also be available on Google Stadia. A city full of recruits opens up possibilities of near-limitless different outcomes and we can't wait to see how that works.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Watch Dogs: Legion Confirmed

Ubisoft took Twitter to announce confirmation for Watch Dogs: Legion after Amazon listing leak and will reveal at E3 2019.

After an accidental leak from Amazon UK product listing has revealed existence of next game from Watch Dogs action-adventure series to be Watch Dogs: Legion, it was eventually confirmed by developer/published Ubisoft on Twitter.

Not only have they officially confirmed newest release from their open-world franchise is in works but has also stated to show up at E3 2019, most likely for a worldwide reveal trailer launch with new trailer and some key-details.

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Watch Dogs: Legion Confirmed

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Ubisoft simply posted a brief video of a glitchy red WD logo showing up and confirmation for E3 showcase on Twitter.



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Following the leak going public on social media, they officially came out with Legion within next 24 hour. It was not a huge surprise for people because rumors of a third game from Watch Dogs series has been circling around for some time now.

WDL will be set in a post-Brexit, dystopian version of London that saw a massive shift in society because of change in politics and technology. What they are eyeing for here is probably a sensitive issue like mass surveillance and that makes sense.

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For a new age of cyber crime spree to spread chaos across the UK capital next, Ubisoft will build up a highly detailed London city for Legion like they previously did with Chicago and San Francisco in past installments of WD franchise.

Although we already know that player would be able to play as any NPC if they want to, some mysteries are still there. This cryptic line from publisher Tweet, "God Save the NPCs." may hint at victimization of in-game NPCs like never before.

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We did not learn much other than a title confirmation and an upcoming reveal over at E3 from this Twitter reveal but it was a decent move by the studio to simply assure fans what they have been hyping and speculating all along for a while.

It would really be interesting to see how Ubisoft is going to make Watch Dogs: Legion stand apart among so many free-roaming games set in open-world these days but many fans would probably be happy to get back to their favorite series once again.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Watch Dogs: Legion Leaked on Amazon

A recent leak from Amazon UK listing revealed next Watch Dogs game title that lets you play as NPC characters.

Up until now there were only rumors for the next game in Watch Dogs franchise existing as well as couple of hints here and there but thanks to an accidental product listing in advance by Amazon UK lately, that has been changed.

It appears that Watch Dogs: Legion is going to be upcoming open-world game from popular action-adventure series from developer/published Ubisoft and it also has some details about story settings and unique gameplay feature.

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Watch Dogs: Legion Leaked on Amazon

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An early rumor suggested that the game will be set in London and according to leaks; it seems to be accurate after all. Also, Legion seems to be a legit title given how this one has come out from several credible sources lately.

After exploring two major cities in U.S. like Chicago and San Francisco in two early releases of Watch Dogs series, moving over to a new location would most likely allow for Ubisoft to experiment with a lot of new stuff in hacker culture.

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Twitter user @Wario64 has posted a screenshot of the now-deleted listing, product description and a dead link to product page.



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Also check out Amazon listing description for Legion that was leaked because of retailer's mistake for key-details.

Play as anyone, Every individual you meet in the open world, has a full set of animations, voice over, character traits and visuals that are generated & guided by gameplay systems

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The game is set in a post-Brexit world where society has gone through a huge shift and players will be able to play as anyone. Depending on which NPC characters you are playing as, there might be variable different things to come across.

Developing such a system should give developers quite a pain and don't be surprised if they even delay it once. Ubisoft is definitely going for a more serious tone with WDL with a dystopian London that already has highest surveillance systems.

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Unofficial count says that there is currently a network of at least 1.85 millions security cameras installed throughout cities of U.K. with its politics is also changing right now and that makes the city a perfect playfield choice for Legion.

Since Watch Dogs: Legion was listed for PlayStation 4, we can safely assume that it would also launch on PC and Xbox One too with possibility of crossing over to next-gen consoles in future but we will probably learn more on that at E3 2019.