Watch Dogs Season Pass Includes Story Campaign, Cyborg Conspiracy

| 30 Apr 2014 01:57

Watch Dogs has a healthy set of DLC planned, and the season pass will take you to some surprising places.

Watch Dogs, like just about any AAA release these days, is slated to receive a set of post-launch DLC to top off the experience. What kind of DLC, you ask? All kinds, if the content in the newly detailed Season Pass is anything to go by. The pass nets you new missions, outfits, weapons, the works - and some of it goes in some very unexpected directions. Unless you expected Watch Dogs to have a Blade Runner-esque cyborg conspiracy.

The biggest collection of content is an additional single-player campaign in which you play as T-Bone, rogue hacker and friend to the main game's protagonist Aiden Pearce. Where Pearce is stealthy and subtle, however, T-Bone... isn't. "I blow shit up!" he declares in his introduction. "Because I ain't no hippie!" That campaign is gonna be fun.

Speaking of the game not taking itself so seriously, the season pass also includes a new Digital Trip. These Trips are strictly non-canon experiences triggered by hallucinogenic electrodrugs (best not to ask), and ditch the bleakness of the main storyline in favor of Blood Dragon-style over the top shenanigans. Season pass holders will gain access to Conspiracy!, a trip that opens Aiden's eyes to the terrible truth that Chicago is full of cyborgs masquerading as humans, and they all want to kill him.

Buying the season pass will let you download each piece of DLC one week before they launch for everybody else, and for a cheaper price than buying them one by one. It'll cost you $20, and is available for the PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 - but apparently not the Wii U version, which will be launching late and may not get any DLC.

Source: Ubisoft

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Just because they announce a DLC doesn't mean they have it ready. If you think that they should wait till they have all the DLC prepared and made to ship with the actual game then the price would probably be around $100+ from now on. That would be stupid cause every game would turn into "hey remember that game we heard about 8 years ago? they're finally releasing it and it's only $200!".

Watch Dogs is just jumping on every freaking bandwagon of questionable business practices there is.

Season passes: check
Pre-order incentivation: check
DLC advertised planned and developed before release: check
DRM ladden release on PC: check
Planned sequels before release: check
Cross-media milking: check
Gameplay and graphics hyping that doesn't reflect in final product: check
...
etc

It's just missing microtranactions and mandatory online connection for single-player game(or is this one in there?)

Ubisoft has effectively killed any interest I had in this game. I am staying far, far away until I see what happens after the dust settles.

Everyone else has already made the points I was going to make, but I'll add my voice to the chorus. I am looking forward to this game. The only reason my preorder stands, however is for a few key reasons, in order...

1) getting a discount on the preorder b/c of sales

2) using store credit to pay for half of if (after the discount)

3) need SOMETHING compelling to play on PS4

Still, I know this is going to be rereleased within a few months after launch, rendering all my points moot somehow. Devs can go straight to hell with this nonsense...

O.K., at first I only saw one part of the headline "Watch Dogs Season Pass Includes Story Campaign" and I was about to flip over the table in front of me in rage!

But yeah, I agree with a lot of people here. I'm sick of DLC being announced before we even have the game. I'm also doubly disgusted with these hype trains for unreleased products. I mean, come on! A movie deal for a brand new IP before it's even out? It's worse than what Titanfall had going on with it.

Chaosritter:

- don't buy it at all

I like this option best. Because if enough people don't buy it at all, then Ubisoft is left standing there with a shitload of DLC they can never sell.

Ronald Nand:
Wow, why is everyone so pessimistic? The DLC is about a new character and an extra side campaign for Aiden, which looks great by the way, games need to have these fun little silly campaigns.

It looks like screen shots and concepts to me, not "great".

But there I go using facts instead of hype.
Maybe I forgot to turn my brain off so I could properly squee at the mere promise of something.

Yeah, maybe that's the problem.

Arguing your missing out on the complete game because you don't have these DLC is stupid, that's like saying Revengence wasn't a complete game without the Sam and Blade Wolf mode or saying Red Dead Redemption wasn't a complete game without the Zombie DLC campain. Both of those games were still complete experiences, those DLC campaigns were just nice extras.

Point to me in the dictionary where "complete" means "some/most of something".
Go ahead, I'll wait. I mean, by your own assertion clearly I'm too stupid to figure this shit out for myself.

I love how publishers nowdays not only announce DLC before the game even hit the shelves, but also sell DLC that hasn't even been announced yet.

Well, guess this little detail leaves only three options for me:

- wait until the game gets a complete/GotY edition

- wait until I get the vanilla version for ten bucks or less

- don't buy it at all

Way to go, Ubisoft...

I used to want this game so much, but everything I see about it just makes me less and less interested. This is a brilliant looking game being ruined by SimCity-era EA business decisions.

Maybe, since it'll be out later, the Wii U version will continue on the tradition of having a bit of DLC on-disc and getting absolutely no further support once that version of the game launches. I don't want that to happen (though if I'm being completely honest I'm not going to buy the season pass) but it will more than likely happen.

Wait, hold up a minute. You mean to tell me you've made additional content during the development process of the game, but instead of including it with the game, you'll be charging me extra for it?

On the plus side I don't HAVE to buy the game, but how can this be a good practice for gaming in general? Charging full price for a game which will be sold in pieces.

What also gets to me is that they're splitting their resources to create multiple smaller products instead of ploughing everything into the game. Broadly speaking, the more time and effort you devote to making a product, the greater the chances are it will be well received and be successful. People appreciate hard work and creativity in games. If you're splitting your staff up to focus on multiple pieces of content, aren't you limiting the potential of the main product?

Would it kill them to make DLC AFTER they've made the game? That way they would have focused everything on the game itself before creating additional content.

Or, you know, they could just put everything onto one disc and let gamers enjoy a full experience for a full price. I don't see many other mediums working like this. Imaging paying for chapter of a book, or paying midway through a film to see the rest. DLCs aren't even sequels. They're like having the option to have your favourite hero and villain dressed differently or giving the protagonist an extra sub plot. But in order to see said outfits and sub plots, you have to pay more than the rest of the audience - like an ongoing director's cut.

Does announcing DLC ahead of the game's release even make sense?

Honestly, the more I see of Watch Dogs the more I want it to fall flat on its face. Multiple sequels planned before the damn thing comes out, uninteresting gameplay, bullshit teasers, and now DLC already prepared and being marketed. I feel that the gaming industry will get a HUGE wake-up call if this thing just fails.

Ronald Nand:
Wow, why is everyone so pessimistic? The DLC is about a new character and an extra side campaign for Aiden, which looks great by the way, games need to have these fun little silly campaigns.

Arguing your missing out on the complete game because you don't have these DLC is stupid, that's like saying Revengence wasn't a complete game without the Sam and Blade Wolf mode or saying Red Dead Redemption wasn't a complete game without the Zombie DLC campain. Both of those games were still complete experiences, those DLC campaigns were just nice extras.

Also giving people whom buy Season Pass early access to the DLC isn't a bad idea its adding more value to the season pass giving people a reason to buy them rather than just waiting for the DLC to come out.

Although having to pay for additional costumes sucks, I doubt there going to be any alternate costumes for Aiden in the base game.

This is all before the game is released. It is likely that this all is content cut from the game itself. All of this should be in the game, not being nickeled and dimmed out of the consumer.

Wow, why is everyone so pessimistic? The DLC is about a new character and an extra side campaign for Aiden, which looks great by the way, games need to have these fun little silly campaigns.

Arguing your missing out on the complete game because you don't have these DLC is stupid, that's like saying Revengence wasn't a complete game without the Sam and Blade Wolf mode or saying Red Dead Redemption wasn't a complete game without the Zombie DLC campain. Both of those games were still complete experiences, those DLC campaigns were just nice extras.

Also giving people whom buy Season Pass early access to the DLC isn't a bad idea its adding more value to the season pass giving people a reason to buy them rather than just waiting for the DLC to come out.

Although having to pay for additional costumes sucks, I doubt there going to be any alternate costumes for Aiden in the base game.

There will always be the suspicion that DLC content either 1) does not have a good plan in place and could be crappy and token or 2) the DLC has already been made (there is even a trailer here) and has been done in development time and essentially withheld from the game to be sold later.

Season passes give me trust issues both ways. They need to die in a fire.

Another season pass. Great. This is why I'm no longer buying Ubisoft games on launch. Fuck them. They'll release the full version next year.

While I don't necessarily like season passes I do like that this one will allow people to download the DLC content a week before everyone else does.

This just further cements me just flat out not buying the game, the hype I had for this died at least last year, this year isn't making it any more enticing for me to want to buy it.

Sooooo... this game will, like a lot of other, got a whole "IKEA mod" (you have to buy each part) or "Pokemon mod" (collect them all).
Ok, i'll pass and wait for the goty edition.

wait, i must be missing something here. The first screenshot looks very closely to Total Overdose, a PS2 game i played in 2005. are they trying to emulate that or is it jut awfully rendered?

They figured that since people stop being impressed with a game as soon as it's released, the tactic they should go with is to ride it into the ground beforehand so that they can get all the sales now.

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