Hacking Next Gen
At this year's Ubisoft Forward, since we can't have a proper E3, Ubisoft has been letting the announcements fly. We got new footage of the upcoming Watch_Dogs: Legion, an open-world action title where you control a group of network hacking freedom fighters as they rebel against an oppressive police state in a dystopian London. It looks like a solid continuation of the series, with the ability to recruit anyone from construction workers to elderly women to your cause to rise up against the man. The new footage looks impressive, considering the game has been hit with several delays over quality concerns.
That isn't the only reason it seems. Watch_Dogs: Legion will also be coming to the next generation of consoles alongside several other titles published. The head of Xbox himself, Phil Spencer, came on to announce that Ubisoft will be supporting Smart Delivery. A quick and easy system where if you have a disc or digital version of a certain game on your Xbox One system, it can be played seamlessly on your new Xbox Series X for free.
Furthermore, Watch_Dogs: Legion isn't the only game getting the Smart Delivery treatment. The upcoming Viking action title, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, as well as the recently announced Far Cry 6 will also be getting Smart Delivery support. It's a welcome relief coming directly from Phil Spencer since one of the biggest anxieties hitting the transition of a console generation is what will happen with certain games you buy the same year a new console will launch. The worst thing to happen is to get something to play, only to find out it has no shelf life with the latest hardware.
This support will also extend to PlayStation owners. In follow up press releases by Ubisoft, they confirmed that picking up any of these titles on PlayStation 4 will also get you a copy for PlayStation 5 at no additional cost.
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