'Watch Dogs 2' release news: AR mini-games won't be included in the sequel


Fans are already excited to get their hands on “Watch Dogs 2” and discover what features the game will offer. Unfortunately for gamers, there may be some content from the first game that will be taken out and thus, won’t be seen in the sequel. Furthermore, the developers are really giving their best effort in improving the parkour mechanics of the game.

In “Watch Dogs,” players had the chance to play Augmented Reality (AR) mini-games aside from the main story. The gamers were able to play two games on their smartphones. The first mini-game was “NVZN” where the main character, Aiden Pearce was equipped with a blaster and he has to shoot as many aliens as he can. The second game was called “Cash Run” where Aiden was tasked to collect coins while avoiding red skulls at the same time. Sadly, these types of AR mini-games will not be included in the sequel.

According to Gaming Bolt, the game director of “Watch Dogs 2,” Danny Belanger, has mentioned that the game will focus on a different direction. “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,” he said, also hinting at how progression in the new game might change from Ubisoft’s usual norm, given that their trademark ‘towers’ are not going to be in this game.

The parkour mechanics of the game will also be improved by making it a vital part of the game. It won’t be just a cool addition of what the character can do within the game. Belanger has also stated, “We really wanted to offer a lot of freedom in the environment. We call it ‘free approach.’ So like a 360, you can arrive from any angle. Having a strong angle is fundamental to giving players choice and freedom, so we really wanted to improve that. We’ve obviously hired experts. In the end it’s really the experience of the player that matters and bringing a lot of choice with impact was really fundamental.”

It looks like while there are trade-offs, “Watch Dogs 2” will offer numerous game improvements compared to its predecessor. The game will be released on Nov. 15 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.