Online gaming and DRM have kind of become par for the course in 2020 and the intervening years. The insistence that you use online modes and be segmented off from other players based on platform kind of sucks. Sometimes you want to enjoy a game alone without the need to sign into some account. Sometimes you want to enjoy it with friends. In a recent Reddit AMA, Lathieeshe Thillainathan, Producer on Watch Dogs: Legion, shared a few details that may help people break away from that in a good way.
It turns out that Watch Dogs: Legion will have support for both good things here, that is to say, crossplay and offline play. So at the very least, you will be able to enjoy the game with your pals. The features will be fully enabled as part of post-launch patches, so don’t expect the full ability on day one.
As Thillainathan said when asked about an offline mode for the game’s single-player campaign:
“You can play single-player offline, but you won’t be able to see all the community photos or take in-game pictures and share them out.”
Ubisoft in particular has been pretty infamous for sabotaging games in favor of DRM or always-online experiences, so it’s nice to see that not happen here. And with the ongoing pushes towards cross-platform play in consoles, the push coming to another game is also great to see. Ubisoft will be doing some of the GaaS thing though, and that means constant new content and DLC. The plan looks to be a mix of free and paid content as part of the Year 1 post-launch roadmap.
Watch Dogs: Legion releases on October 29 for all major current-gen consoles and PC.