During the Ubisoft E3 presentation, we got to see some of the interesting gameplay mechanics for Watchdogs: Legion. We got shown how you can play as any of the citizens of London, even a friendly looking old grandma.
We will also have a lot of tools and options at our disposal, but according to Creative Director Clint Hocking, you probably won’t be able to play through the game without killing anyone, or at least he isn’t sure:
We really focused on having non-lethal weapons this time around so about half of the weapons are non-lethal and then we focused on making on a pretty robust melee system so if you don’t pull out guns, the enemies won’t pull out guns –in most cases. We really wanted to make sure that non-lethal was an option in any combat encounter. I’m not going to say it was a goal for us to say that players can beat the game without killing anyone –maybe you can, I actually don’t know.
Considering that you will be able to play as just about anyone on the map, and with all the options available to you, it doesn’t surprise me that there’s a lot of unknowns here. What it does make you wonder though is how Ubisoft intends to focus any kind of narrative thread into Watchdogs: Legion.
The game is only releasing in March next year, so we will probably find out more as the time gets closer.