Today is Ubisoft’s big “Ubisoft Forward” event, replacing the standard E3 with previews of all of its upcoming big games: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, Watch Dogs Legion and, likely, some surprises in the mix. The company has decided to throw something in the mix to sweeten the pot, too: if you watch, or at least if you watch in the correct way, you can snag a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 on PC.
There are two different ways to get your copy of Watch Dogs 2:
2) Link your Uplay and Twitch accounts so that you can receive drops. Then, watch the event on one of the channels listed here.
The event officially starts at 3:00 PM eastern on July 12, but according to the support page you can get the game between 2:30 and 4:30 PM Eastern.
I suppose, on a technical level, you don’t even need to watch the event, just to do one of these two things. In both instances, you won’t get the free game until July 13, the day after the event. The support page doesn’t specify, but I assume you will also need the Uplay launcher to play it, because it will presumably be delivered there.
Watch Dogs might have been a strange, confused game that didn’t wind up delivering much more than a Ubisoft version of GTA with some magic thrown in (or hacking, whatever), but Watch Dogs 2 was a much more interesting take on the hacking-based open world game, with a broad, effective look at power, race and technology in the bay area. I do still wish that the game had been able to fully commit to this open world hacking game and remove guns entirely, but I suppose, at the end of the day, you’ve still got to have some guns in there.
Ubisoft is clearly giving away Watch Dogs 2 to build hype for Watch Dogs: Legion, which we’re bound to see more of today. It takes place in a near-future fascistic London, and it doesn’t have a primary protagonist: instead, you assemble your band of revolutionaries from skilled members of the general populace. Both the setting and the multiple character idea make it easier to reconcile the whole guns thing, but the developer has also said that it’s trying to build out significant nonlethal options as well.