Watch Dogs 2 won’t have AR mini games

By Marshall Lemon, Thursday, 7 July 2016 20:51 GMT

You won’t be blasting virtual aliens or collecting coins in the upcoming Watch Dogs 2.

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Watch Dogs 2 won’t have AR mini games

Watch Dogs 2 isn’t just dropping the radio towers that appear in almost every new Ubisoft game – it’s also getting rid of the original Watch Dogs’ AR games.

“AR games from Watch Dogs are not returning,” game director Danny Belanger told GamingBolt. “We are offering more city exploration. So as you’re walking around the city, you’ll open Nethack and you’ll discover operations and secrets that will unlock side quests if you want.”

Narrowing Watch Dogs 2′ focus probably isn’t a bad idea, given the original was overstuffed with distracting optional quests. Belanger instead wants to redirect that energy to features like multiplayer, which he hopes will allow for seamless co-op across the game. “What I can say today is we’re bringing seamless co-op; we’re going to have seamless hacking so someone can come in your game and hack,” he continued. “Now you’re part of DedSec, so you’re part of a hacker group, so we wanted those hackers to work together. So you can be in your single player game but there’s a DedSec ally that’s walking around the street, and if you want you can just go and press a button and go in co-op. We created operations meant for co-op because they’re challenging, so it’s good to have a buddy.”

Watch Dogs previously included AR games like NVZN, where players shot down virtual aliens with blasters, or the self-explanatory Coin Run. While other mini-games might replace them, Ubisoft apparently decided the AR approach wasn’t the way to go. Watch Dogs 2 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2016.

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