The single player campaign in Watch Dogs 2 can be completed even if you ignore most of the story, Ubisoft has confirmed.
Progression in the upcoming open-world adventure will be tied to your virtual followers, which can be accrued as you explore the San Francisco setting.
Speaking to Eurogamer, creative director Jonathan Morin said “It’s not a game where you open your map and everything’s there. There are no towers. You just explore the world.”
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Players will need to hit a few select milestones in the game’s narrative to progress, but it appears some questlines can be ignored completely.
“Players start with a few followers in [hacker group] DedSec but pretty soon you realize you’re going to need more if you want to pull off big operations. So you start free-roaming.”
“Every time you get followers, it’s like you’re unlocking the DedSec hivemind. You’re also unlocking new knowledge, new operations, new co-op missions. And then organically you hit those end-game milestones.”
Morin also confirmed that San Francisco is twice the size of Chicago in the original Watch Dogs, and there will far more activities to partake in this time around.
Watch Dogs 2 is set to launch on November 15 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.