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"Let's unfuck this world."
"My name is Legion. For we are many."

Watch Dogs: Legion is the third game in Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs series. The game offers a dystopian look at London 20 Minutes into the Future, where rising crime and terrorism have led to the city becoming an oppressive police state, ruled by Private Military Contractors and crawling with surveillance drones. In response, the hacker group DedSec seeks to bring freedom back to the city of London. In order to achieve this goal, they will need to recruit new members to join their ranks...

The main selling point of Watch Dogs: Legion is the ability to recruit new members into DedSec: the people of London are so opposed to the city's current direction that any of the civilian NPCs can be convinced to join your cause, turning them into playable characters each with their own set of skills and (positive and negative) perks: some ex-military have exceptional combat skills, some activists have hacking specializations, retired old grannies are better at infiltration than you might think... and some characters will randomly drop dead of a heart attack.


The game was set for release on March 6, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia. However, as of Ubisoft Forward 2020, it has been postponed to October 29, 2020 for the aforementioned platforms and later on a unspecified date for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.



Watch Dogs: Legion contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In the 2020 gameplay Trailer, one of the DedSec agents (after brawling with a bunch of street thugs) passes out from drunkenness.
  • Amazon Brigade: Several Trailers have shown women as "Enforcers", noted in the Gameplay Trailer that one girl was a "teeth kicker", and you are free to make your DedSec filled with them.
  • Anti-Frustration Feature: In the gameplay trailers, if you require the spider bot for a mission and your recruit doesn't have one, there will be a box nearby where you can summon one to control.
  • Attack Drone: London is overrun with surveillance drones, which are armed with lethal weaponry: in the E3 gameplay demonstration, Ian is shot dead by a drone's high-explosive rounds. The same demo, as well as the trailer, also showcase a spider drone armed with a taser which DedSec can use against enemies.
  • Balkanize Me: A blink-and-you-miss-it detail in the trailers is that the Union flag has been redesigned to remove Scotland's dark blue, heavily implying it has become independent. Replacing the blue is black with a yellow border added around Saint George's cross, representing Wales and the flag of Saint David.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Bagley is a friendly artificial intelligence that acts as an assistant for DedSec, as shown in the E3 gameplay demonstration.
  • Developers' Foresight: Ubisoft has taken a lot of player opportunities into account, as can be seen on certain pre-release material and demos. For example, one of the developers explains in this demo that the names you see mentioned in a characters' bio are actual NPCs in the game world, and at least certain NPCs follow actual schedules where they explained one of the ways to increase favorability of DedSec of one character is to help out a family member connected to said character. Meanwhile, another trailer reveals that if wanted by the police, your character can surrender to them and will be taken to jail; while this itself is an option in many other open world games, if you have a lawyer in your team the captured ally will spend less time behind bars, or you can just break them out.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: According to the gameplay overview trailer, hiring Albion officers is more difficult than hiring civilians, but they can also freely enter Albion bases.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As shown in the 46 min gameplay footage, you have the option to make your DedSec members barefoot. Though the more recent gameplay video seems to have removed this.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: In the gameplay trailer it is noted that 4 out of the five major crime organizations have been taken down by Albion. Because of this, the last one, Clan Kelley, has grown into a major syndicate.
  • False Flag Operation: It is heavily implied that the terrorist attack that started the lockdown was this. If the 2020 Gameplay trailer with the Big Bad shooting the police commissioner and immediately blaming it on a terrorist assassination is anything to go by. According to the latest gameplay trailers, the plot starts when DedSec tries to stop Albion from blowing up Parliament... only to be defeated completely and blamed for the attack.
    DedSec: We didn't set up the bomb. We defused it.
  • Final Death: This can happen to your current character if the Permadeath option is turned on.
    • On: On your character's first down, you have a choice of either surrendering to your attackers and have the character taken into custody, or getting back up to continue fighting or escape and evade, at the risk of guaranteed death should the character go down a second time.
    • Off: Your character is immediately taken into custody when downed.
    • In either case, in the event a character is locked up, they'll be unavailable for a set amount of time. Having a lawyer, or as they're called in the UK, a barrister on your team will shorten the time that character will spend behind bars.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: In the E3 gameplay trailer, Helen calls the spider drone "darling". It proceeds to electrocute a security guard.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The gameplay overview trailer confirms it's possible to hire Albion officers into your team, although it's said to be more difficult than hiring normal civilians. They can enter restricted areas without arousing suspicion, unless they act out.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: One of the available random traits is "may die randomly". In the Play As Anyone trailer, this is demonstrated with an elderly man named Alan who, after being shown machine gunning police cars left right and centre, keels over in the park, much to the surprise of the narrator. It is also not just a trait of the elderly, as in a Freeze-Frame Bonus in the Offical Gameplay Reveal trailer shows a young man that is "Addicted to Adrenaline" also has this trait.
  • Human Traffickers: In the E3 gameplay trailer, Naomi runs into caged people intended to be sold while trying to rescue Jimmy.
  • Hypno Pendulum: In the Post Launch Content Trailer, one of the recruits is shown to use this to knock someone out.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In the E3 gameplay demonstration, Helen calls out Bagley for passively telling her about Ian's death. Justified, since he is an AI.
  • Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: The "Ubisoft Forward" trailer shows that recruiting people with certain jobs will allow you to enter relevant restricted areas with a bonus to remaining concealed. This includes a construction worker who can enter construction sites, a paramedic who can walk around hospitals, and even defected Albion guards.
  • La Résistance: The London branch of DedSec is a resistance group aiming to take down London's oppressive totalitarian government. In fact, the phrase "the Resistance" is repeated several times through both the trailer and the gameplay demonstration.
  • Law Enforcement, Inc.: The PMC Albion have become the primary law enforcement agency in London. In the Gamescom trailer, we also see that an MI5 agent left the agency after it was privatised.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: when Nigel Cass says "London will be the first city to be truly safe", in the Forward gameplay trailer, he ends it by looking directly at the player and smiling.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In the 2020 Gameplay trailer, Bagley says this after he sees Arthur Griffin peeing into the the Thames.
  • Liberty Over Prosperity: The 2020 Gameplay Trailer seems to show the main theme of this game being when the desire for Safety overrides any freedom for the citizens.
  • Literal-Minded: In the gameplay demonstration, Ian says "eyes peeled", to Bagley, an AI, who offers the following response:
    Bagley: I have no eyes, and if I did, I wouldn't peel them.
  • Mind Manipulation: In the Post Launch Content Trailer, one of the 4 DLC recruits is Mina who has the power to hack people with her mind.
  • Mythology Gag: Bagley's call to arms in the trailer, "Enough talk. Let's unfuck London", is a callback to a conversation from 2:
    Sitara: [DedSec] is my brand, and now it's completely fucked.
    Marcus: So unfuck it.
  • Police Are Useless: The Metropolitan Police have effectively been superseded by the militaristic Albion as the city's law enforcement. The gameplay demonstration shows that Albion are essentially occupying New Scotland Yard as well, reducing the police to the role of desk workers and second fiddles to the PMC. Needless to say, many of the police officers are not happy to be sidelined; in the E3 Gameplay video one policewoman can be seen arguing with a Albion contractor about law jurisdictions on a case, and in the same gameplay video a police officer can also be seen on the character selection panel, indicating that some of them are so disillusioned with the current state of law enforcement that they're even going as far as to join DedSec themselves.
  • The Purge: The original London DedSec was wiped out after Zero Day's terrorist attack and Albion came for them when they were made The Scapegoat.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Elderly recruits are going to have a very tough time doing jobs that require strength or dexterity. They'll try, but often Hilarity Ensues too.
    • An Albion Guard might be able to enter Albion locations without raising suspicion, however if you get to close to another Albion Guard they will realize that you are not supposed to be in the area and will grow suspicious of you.
  • Retired Badass: Some characters have obtained their skills from their past jobs; the trailer highlights a former MI-5 agent and an ex-assassin as examples.
  • Reverse Mole: It is even possible to recruit people working for Albion to your side. The "Ubisoft Forward" trailer showcases one perk of doing this: they still have their uniform and security clearances for restricted areas, allowing you to stroll into their territory without suspicion.
  • Shared Universe: The Post Launch Content Trailer confirms the shared universe with Assassin's Creed where one of the 4 DLC exclusive characters is from the Assassins Order.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The "Ubisoft Forward" trailer highlights a 'Professional Hitman' named Elliot Sharma. His segment begins with him mourning somebody at a graveyard, his profile reveals that he had his charges for killing a home invader dropped, and his abilities include Unnecessary Combat Rolls and unique, 'gun-fu' takedown animations. Just to hammer the comparison home, "LED Spirals" is the track playing during his segment.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: From the "Ubisoft Forward" gameplay trailer, a Bond-flavored super spy is an occupation people can hold, complete with access to a Weaponised Car.
  • Warp Whistle: The gameplay demonstration shows that in addition to the Hackerspaces returning from 2, London Underground stations now also serve as fast travel destinations. You can also switch to another member of DedSec in another part of the city for quick travel.
  • When Elders Attack: It is possible to recruit elderly citizens into your DedSec though they're also naturally frail and sluggish.


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