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"Let's unfuck this world."
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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.

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The game is set for release on March 6, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Watch Dogs: Legion contains examples of the following tropes:

  • 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.
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  • Benevolent A.I.: Bagley is a friendly artificial intelligence that acts as an assistant for DedSec, as shown in the E3 gameplay demonstration.
  • Booze-Based Buff: The Play As Anyone trailer shows one character who takes 50% less damage if he's had a drink.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The gameplay trailer demonstrates that recruited characters can be made into one of three classes, each with their own special ability and perks:
    • Enforcers, gun and damage specialists with the ability to throw sticky mines.
    • Hackers, who specialise in remote-controlling their surroundings and can deploy a spider drone.
    • Infiltrators, stealth and melee specialists who have an "AR Cloak" to turn themselves them invisible.
  • Final Death: In the E3 gameplay demonstration, Ian is killed by a drone, and "PERMADEATH" appears over his photo. The gameplay switches to a new player character.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: In the E3 gameplay trailer, Helen calls the spider drone "darling". It proceeds to electrocute a security guard.
  • Human Traffickers: In the E3 gameplay trailer, Naomi runs into caged people intended to be sold while trying to rescue Jimmy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: Bagley's call to arms in the trailer, "Let's unfuck this world", is a callback to a conversation from 2:
    Sitara: [DedSec] is my brand, and now it's completely fucked.
    Marcus: So unfuck it.
  • Never Mess with Granny: It's been shown that even the elderly can be recruited into DedSec:
    • The E3 gameplay demonstration showcases Helen, an elderly hacker who uses a spider drone to infiltrate a police station.
    • The premiere trailer features an old lady who is a retired assassin. The narrator describes her as "the deadliest of the lot", and she casually walks up to an Albion contractor before shooting him in the face.
    Narrator: She's not old, she's experienced!
    • This trope is also Deconstructed; the gameplay demonstration shows that elderly characters move slower than younger ones, and will also stumble around while climbing over an obstacle or after dropping down a short height. Another trailer shows that despite being a "veritable mad bastard" who can run amok with rifles, an elderly recruit has a trait called "may die randomly".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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