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Have You Played… Watch Dogs 2?Oct 30, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I won’t dignify the underscore that is in the official title. Watch Dogs 2 may not have an iconic cap, but you know what it does have? An iconic mask. (more…) Watch Dogs 2 review - brazenly sillySep 18, 2020 - PCGamesNWant to know how many dudes I killed in Watch Dogs 2? Two. No, not two hundred. I mean two, as in the one between one and three. Marcus Holloway's San Francisco-set sandbox elegantly bypasses that old chestnut of ludonarrative dissonance - a phrase fittingly first coined by a former Ubisoft creative director - by giving your goofy hacker the ability to go through the entire game non-lethally. Hooray for videogame pacifism! This seems like a small detail. It's actually a crucially smart design decision; one which encourages you to experiment with Watch Dog 2's delightfully manipulative gadgets. In turn, you embrace a far more thoughtful style of play than you could achieve by simply shooting men with the game's underwhelming guns. Messing with people's phones, bank accounts or emails is often more effective than brute-forcing your way through missions with a grenade launcher. And hey, it makes the life of San Fran's coroner a whole lot more sedate. Alas, my 18-hour playthrough isn't totally corpse-free. Below, you'll find the two poor souls who just happened to be the victims of an 'accidental' explosion my little Jumper RC car caused. Ooops. My bad, guys. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Hang on: Watch Dogs 2 is actually kind of brilliant PSA: This is your last chance to claim Watch Dogs 2 free Get Watch Dogs 2 free for watching Ubisoft's E3 event Sunday Hang on: Watch Dogs 2 is actually kind of brilliantSep 18, 2020 - PCGamesNAt a glance, there's only a thin line that separates Watch Dogs 2 from GTA. A thin white line, extruding from the phone perpetually in your hand, that hops between potential hacking targets - traffic lights, SUVs, manhole covers, voicemails - with an eagerness that borders on impatience. It's a roaming cursor that represents an invisible layer of interaction GTA doesn't have, encouraging you to stick your finger in Ubisoft Montreal's simulation and give it an experimental waggle. The trickster god in the machine. You'll have seen that same line drawn all over Ubisoft's promotional shots, zigzagging across those first images until they resembled geometric puzzles. But, to some degree, that promotional campaign was in vain. Watch Dogs 2 sold a fraction of the copies its predecessor did at launch, and it didn't come as a total surprise. In the months before release, we'd noted alarmingly low reader traffic on previews. It wasn't just that buyers were wary of Watch Dogs 2 - they didn't even want to hear about it. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PSA: This is your last chance to claim Watch Dogs 2 free Get Watch Dogs 2 free for watching Ubisoft's E3 event Sunday Ubisoft's mysterious sci-fi game isn't dead - it may be rebuilt with Rainbow Six tech PSA: This is your last chance to claim Watch Dogs 2 freeJul 15, 2020 - PCGamesNJuly 15, 2020 Claim your free Watch Dogs 2 before time runs out. Last week, Ubisoft announced that anyone who watched Ubisoft Forward would receive a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 - but the way that worked was that you'd have to log in to Uplay and watch it there. Unfortunately, that didn't work for many players during the 45-minute presentation, meaning few were able to qualify for the free game. The good news is that Ubisoft is going to make sure everyone gets a copy anyway - but you're going to need to be quick about it. You can head on over to the promo page to claim your free copy of Watch Dogs 2 by signing into Uplay. This is open to everyone, whether you watched Ubisoft Forward or not, but the promotion ends today, July 15 at 23:59 PDT. (That's midnight, or 2:59 EDT / 7:59 BST on July 16.) It's worth noting that many players still have not received access to their copies of Watch Dogs 2 yet, so stay patient - you should be safe as long as you've got your claim in. Ubisoft says the giveaway will be distributed "by the end of the week". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Get Watch Dogs 2 free for watching Ubisoft's E3 event Sunday Ubisoft's mysterious sci-fi game isn't dead - it may be rebuilt with Rainbow Six tech Ubisoft's AI assistant Sam is out but has shut up about Watch Dogs 3 Ubisoft's server issues won't stop the Watch Dogs 2 giveawayJul 12, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Update: Anyone with an Ubi account can now sign up for a free copy over here. Ubisoft’s offer of Watch Dogs 2 for free if you watched today’s Ubisoft Forward stream today was meant to be a tempting little sweetener, but things broke. The servers seemingly overloaded, meaning that not only were many unable to sign into their Ubi accounts and become eligible for the giveaway, some people are complaining all the failed attempts got their accounts automatically disabled. Welp. Sounds like it’ll take some fixing, but Ubisoft have at least said people who couldn’t log in will get the freebie. (more…) You can grab Watch Dogs 2 free during Ubisoft Forward on July 12Jul 6, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunUbisoft’s big not-E3 showcase is scheduled for this Sunday, July 12th where they’ll be showing off new gameplay and trailers for upcoming games. As part of the event, they’re also letting you claim a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 for PC, though you’ll have to be fast. You need to grab it while the show’s live, meaning you’ll have about a 45 minute window to make those dogs yours. (more…) PC gaming's best US citiesJul 4, 2019 - PC GamerHappy July 4 to all our friends in the USA! Today the UK team loosely tries to join in with a story about the Independence Day game that time forgot, and this celebration of the best US cities in PC gaming. We're lucky enough to have visited a lot of the cities on the list, and it's always a surreal experience to compare reality to a virtual interpretation. These games capture something special about the places they model. It's not just about getting all the landmarks in, the best cities use light, weather and sound to create a distinct mood. Sometimes the shooting and driving feels secondary to the experience of wandering the streets, soaking up the atmosphere. Washington DC, The Division 2 It's odd to walk around a virtual city you've also visited in real life. The layout of the city has to be changed to fit the mechanics (cover everywhere!), but there are sudden moments of powerful recognition as you have a tense gunfight in the National Air and Space museum. As in real life, the White House is smaller than you expect, and the Capitol Building seems huge. The soft storms of the Division 2 make DC's wide avenues even more beautiful. A cracking bit of virtual tourism with the bonus ability to shoot nanobees at bandits.—Tom Senior Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto 4 Los Santos is a much bigger and undeniably more impressive location, but the now decade-old Liberty City is still my favourite open world city in any game. The over-the-top golden skies of Rockstar's love letter to New York are completely unrealistic, but they add this mythical feel to a playable space that was unprecedented in detail at the time. From Star Junction, its version of Times Square, to the light coming through the train tracks on the streets of Broker, it's still an emotionally stirring place to explore. I'd love to see it revisited in GTA Online or a new singleplayer game at some point.—Samuel Roberts San Francisco, Watch Dogs 2 My memories of San Francisco mostly consist of sunshine and good sandwiches—our sandwiches are crap in comparison. Ubisoft's interpretation of San Francisco is luminous and extremely fun to drive around, not least because you get to live the Bullitt fantasy of careering down those steep hills. The in-game phone has a Scout app that encourages you to tour the city's landmarks, which is a really nice touch that encourages players to see the city as a storied, lived in place, rather than just a chaotic play space. I've always wanted games to follow Ubisoft's approach to cities. In Assassin's Creed you can access historical information about the locations you're visiting. I like learning little bits about places I won't get to see in real life.—Tom Senior City of Glass, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst I had to check the wiki to make sure the City of Glass is technically part of North America (it is! If it's technically in Canada and we've ...Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and Far Cry Primal are $5 each on the Epic Games StoreJun 7, 2019 - PC GamerThe Epic Games Store has its fair share of critics, and there are some good reasons to be critical—its half-assed search functionality, for instance, or the inability to easily pull full-res screenshots from store pages. But it also offers some pretty spectacular prices at times, including at this moment a trio of big-name games from Ubisoft—Far Cry Primal, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and Watch Dogs 2—that you can pick up for just $5 each. Each of the games is on sale for $15, which is a good deal on its own. But Epic is slicing another $10 off the top of every game in its ongoing Mega Sale priced $14.99 or higher, so those $15 games end up a fiver—three for the price of one, basically. And when you compare that to the regular price points—$50 for Far Cry and Wildlands, $60 for Watch Dogs 2—you very suddenly find yourself deep in "screamin' good deal territory." The EGS pages don't say how long these prices are valid, which is unfortunate, but the Epic Mega Sale runs until June 13. Steam Charts: Some Things Old, Some Things New EditionJun 3, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Good hello. Please, grab hold and sit, for this is some Steam Charts. (more…) The sci-fi game Ubisoft teased in Watch Dogs 2 has apparently been cancelledJan 16, 2019 - PC GamerRemember a couple of years ago, when a trailer for a fake game that appeared in Watch Dogs 2 turned out—maybe, according to sources—to be a real project called Pioneer? It looks like that report may have been accurate, because now it appears that the whole thing has been cancelled. Hutchinson is in a position to know: Prior to co-founding Typhoon Studios in 2017, Hutchinson was the creative director of Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed 3. And while he didn't come out and say explicitly that the project had been cancelled, he did have this to say when asked about it specifically: Jonathan Cooper, the animation art director on Asasssin's Creed 3, also chimed in: It's worth emphasizing that this is all purely speculative, not just because of the nature of the tweets, but because Pioneer was never actually confirmed to exist in the first place. It's really more akin to sad musing about what might have been, then, but it fits with the 2016 report, which said that the game was facing an uncertain fate: Development wasn't unfolding as smoothly as expected, and so the announcement had been put off while the project was "retooled." But the trailer had already been inserted into Watch Dogs 2 by that point, and so out the door it went. I've emailed Ubisoft to ask if there's anything to all of this, and I'll update if I receive a reply. But unless Hutchinson and Cooper are messing with us, it looks like that's the end of any hope we had of one day getting our hands on Pioneer. Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardwareJul 17, 2018 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThis year’s Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon’s big day o’ deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, ‘Hmm… I could do with a new SSD or graphics card’, then you’ve still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is evil etc, but just in case you do fancy picking up a bargain, I’ve put together a list of all the best of the best PC Prime Day deals right here, covering hardware and games alike. Happy hunting. (more…) The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so farJul 6, 2018 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunWe’ve just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It’s a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you’ll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World Evolution, Far Cry 5 Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Warhammer: Vermintide II are wearing some spectacular money-hats, for example, while the relatively lesser-known likes of Raft, Eco and Deep Rock Galactic have made themselves heard above the din of triple-A marketing budgets. (more…) Watch Dogs 2 made San Francisco much more than just a playgroundMay 28, 2018 - PC GamerFor all of the money and effort invested into the open worlds where we spend so much time, it’s amazing how many ways we’re given to ignore their construction. Trained to ignore them, by the way the games they’re built around are designed. Maps are filled with icons containing vital missions and content and collectibles, so we set a course to the nearest desirable one and follow a line on the minimap until we reach our destinations. Turning on the secondary vision mode of Rocksteady’s Batman games, Detective Vision, is made so essential by its usefulness in identifying secrets and fighting baddies, that you can spend most of the game breezing by the sights of their graphic novel grandeur brought to virtual life. All for the sake of finding the next breakable wall. While it might have disappointed some players and critics on its release, Watch Dogs actually found ways to emphasize the world its developers painstakingly crafted. Roots its successor paid off to remarkable effect two years later. Beyond the cliched, problematic framing of Chicago’s criminal underbelly, and the hypocritical, unlikeable figure of protagonist Aiden Pearce, Watch Dogs genuinely seems to want to put a spotlight on the city it expects you to spend the next thirty hours roaming. This is a warmth that the central story belies. It attempts to do this in a few ways, the first being “Digital Trips”. They're fleshed-out minigames that allow you to bounce across Chicago on psychedelic flowers to rack up points, free districts of the city from the dystopic reign of robots, run down demons in a car with extendable buzzsaws, or take the controls of a literal Spider-Tank. They’re temporary changes of context, but it could be just enough for you to see Chicago as something more than a set of grey boxes hosting the site of Aiden’s revenge. The second major method Watch Dogs uses to create positive connections with Chicago is a City Hotspot app on your in-game phone. Upon reaching certain Chicago landmarks, players can ‘check-in’ and read information about the location’s actual history. They can also donate gifts to other players who will follow in their footsteps, and if they continue to visit the location and check-in, rise to become the mayor of a given site (much like the Mayorship system in location service Foursquare). The final, flawed way Watch Dogs attempts to showcase the life of Chicago is through its ‘profiler’ system. Tapping the Z key allows you to view all hackable devices in sight, as well as access the biographies, conversations, and even bank accounts of everyone around you. The one to four word vignettes comprising these biographical descriptions are, surprisingly, more damaging to empathy than enabling of it. You know just enough about this randomly-generated pedestrian to make a value judgement about them, but not enough to see them as a true individual. Within Aid...Watch Dogs 2, For Honor and more are super cheap in Ubisoft's Humble Store saleFeb 20, 2018 - PC GamerIf you've been holding off on buying any Ubisoft game in anticipation of an inevitable sale, well your patience has just paid off. Or at least, it will if the game you want is among this new Humble Store Ubisoft sale, which offers some big discounts on Ubisoft games both old and new. All of Ubisoft's 2017 games are featured: you can get Ghost Recon: Wildlands for 55 percent off, Assassin's Creed: Origins for 33 percent off, and For Honor for 67 percent off. Even the most recent South Park RPG, The Fractured But Whole, is available will a 50 percent discount – pretty good, since it only released two months ago. If you're looking to pay less than a fiver for a map strewn with icons, Assassin's Creed 2 is available for $4.78. I'd highly recommend both Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell: Blacklist too, both of which can be had for less than a tenner. Check out the full sale here. These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017Jan 2, 2018 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunAnother year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol’ breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong roster, complete with links to our coverage if you want to find out more about any of the games, or simply to marvel at how much seemed to happen in the space of 52 short weeks. (more…) Black Friday 2017: The best deals on graphics cards, monitors, SSDs and moreNov 24, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe sale event to end all sale events is here. That’s right, folks, Black Friday 2017 is here, and this year’s sales frenzy is set to be bigger than ever as we head into the Christmas shopping period. In all honesty, they should just rename it Black November, as there have been deals going on throughout the month in preparation for the big day. To save you trawling through the web in search of a good bargain, we’ve created this handy guide containing everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017. If you’re on the hunt for a new graphics card, a bigger and better monitor, want to splash out on a fast SSD or upgrade your gaming headset and get a more reliable mouse and keyboard, this is the place to be. We’ll be updating this hub page on a regular basis as new deals get announced, too, so make sure to keep it in your bookmarks if you fancy grabbing yourself a bit of a bargain before Christmas. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem. (more…) Black Friday 2017: The best deals on graphics cards, monitors, SSDs and moreNov 23, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe sale event to end all sale events is here. That’s right, folks, Black Friday 2017 is here, and this year’s sales frenzy is set to be bigger than ever as we head into the Christmas shopping period. In all honesty, they should just rename it Black November, as there have been deals going on throughout the month in preparation for the big day. To save you trawling through the web in search of a good bargain, we’ve created this handy guide containing everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017. If you’re on the hunt for a new graphics card, a bigger and better monitor, want to splash out on a fast SSD or upgrade your gaming headset and get a more reliable mouse and keyboard, this is the place to be. We’ll be updating this hub page on a regular basis as new deals get announced, too, so make sure to keep it in your bookmarks if you fancy grabbing yourself a bit of a bargain before Christmas. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem. (more…) Black Friday 2017: The best deals on graphics cards, monitors, SSDs and moreNov 22, 2017 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe sale event to end all sale events is here. That’s right, folks, Black Friday 2017 is upon us, and this year’s sales frenzy is set to be bigger than ever as we head into the Christmas shopping period. In all honesty, they should just rename it Black November, as you’ll find deals happening literally RIGHT NOW in the run-up to Black Friday proper. To save you trawling through the web in search of a good bargain, we’ve created this handy guide containing everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017. If you’re on the hunt for a new graphics card, a bigger and better monitor, splash out on a fast SSD or upgrade your gaming headset, this is the place to be. We’ll be updating this hub page on a regular basis as new deals get announced, too, so make sure to keep it in your bookmarks if you fancy grabbing yourself a bit of a bargain before Christmas. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem. (more…) How collectibles, stealth and climbing came to define the Ubisoft open world gameSep 21, 2017 - PC GamerOnce upon a time, Ubisoft's library was simple: it made platformers starring terrifying mascots with no limbs , and roughly 17,000 Tom Clancy tie-ins. But over the last decade, Ubi has muscled in on the genre that GTA made famous, building huge worlds spanning radically different time periods. Regardless of whether you’re controlling a historical hitman or a coma-bound cop, though, Ubisoft’s sandboxes love to borrow mechanics from other Ubi games. Join us as we look back at the history of the Ubisoft's open world games, to see just how these sprawling sandboxes have evolved (and grown more and more alike). A stealthy start Ubisoft first began to dabble in the sandbox space with 2007’s Assassin’s Creed. Skip back a decade, and you’d never guess the seismic scope the franchise would reach. Before the 2D spin-offs, books, and shitty Michael Fassbender films could wear us all down, there was just this ambitious (more than a bit broken) sandbox that spawned many of the features open world games still cling to in 2017. Chances are you don’t remember much about the original Assassin’s Creed. You probably recall moping around ancient Jerusalem stabbing folk as a dude in a hoodie. Perhaps you have a dim recollection of eavesdropping on NPCs chatting away on benches. Maybe you even remember that early kickass trailer with the horribly catchy Unkle song . Far Cry 3 s antenna towers undoubtedly cast the longest shadow on almost every Ubi open world that followed, but that's not where they started. The one thing you’ll definitely recall is Ubisoft’s obsession with making players scale super lofty buildings. That all started in Altaïr’s adventure. To fully scope out all of the Holy Land’s side activities, you had to climb the tops of the tallest structures across Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus. Doing so gives you a very literal eagle’s eye view of the sprawling mass of humanity hundreds of feet below; a bird of prey swooping around the building when you reach its summit. These vertigo-bating landmarks birthed Ubi’s most infamous open world feature: gradually filling up a map with mission markers. Crossover feature: Climbing towers Assassin’s Creed may have introduced us to the idea of big-ass buildings that revealed points of interest when climbed, but it was 2012’s Far Cry 3 that really cemented the feature. Jason Brody’s leopard-punching, pirate-blasting, tattoo-inking tropical holiday had the sort of wide reaching influence on the open world genre its two predecessors could only have sweaty night terrors about… mainly because its predecessor literally gave you malaria . Surprisingly, Far Cry 2’s obsession with making you stuff pills down your throat to keep mosquito-borne diseases away never caught on—nor did its love of jamming weapons . Far Cry 3 ditched the annoying obstructions in ...Watch Dogs 2 – 1.17 Patch Notes – Bug Fix PatchAug 3, 2017 - Community Announcementshttp://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/25289044/50662f64b3103c141636c790500ea07179ae0402.png With this next patch we are focused on remaining bugs, particularly for 4 player party mode and coop. This update will be coming to PC first, with console following shortly a week later. See the outline below for details on the update. While we do not foresee releasing any additional title updates after this patch, we will continue to be present in the community and are keeping a watchful eye over the game! Leaderboard seasons will also continue on and will reset in November. This will offer the chance to earn any clothing rewards items you may have missed in the last year! 4-PLAYER PARTY MODE Fixed exploit where a bounty event is automatically completed when entering Marin HQ tunnel.Fixed situation where mission objective could become desynced after join in progress for Man Vs Machine.Dedsec NPCs will no longer multiply when a party member leaves an online session and rejoins inside the Hackerspace.Fixed cases where fast travel to another player would stop working.Fixed an issue where a player would be unable to move after dying in Showd0wn. COOP Fixed issue where the second hunter was not always teleported to a bounty target.Fixed an issue where coop hunters could be disconnected from each other when Bounty is completed.Fixed issue of players not always being engaged to the Loot Truck event when joining through the menu.Fixed cases where Loot Truck event could suddenly end and players are disconnected from co-op session.During a hacking invasion, fixed cases where co-op party was disbanded.Update fix to the infinite “Connecting” message in certain circumstances. ADDITIONAL Fixed issue where Marcus was unable to exit certain vehicles when parked near a wall. Update: We'd like to clarify that in this patch we also closed a loophole where PC mods could be used in online modes. Mods can still be used freely while playing offline with EasyAntiCheat disabled. This has been the policy since launch, as a way of balancing support for player creativity while also safeguarding a positive and fair online multiplayer experience.Watch Dogs 2 Player Count Launch NumbersDec 6, 2016 - GitHypAfter Ubisoft debuted “gameplay” footage of Watch_Dogs at E3 2012, many believed it could be the open-world game to finally topple the Grand Theft Auto series. That quickly turned out to not be the case once the final product launched, which looked and played nothing like the debut footage, and GTAV had a record-breaking release on every platform. Now, four years after all the controversy, the original Watch_Dogs only averages around 400 players per hour on Steam, while GTAV is still in Steam’s daily top five averaging around 40,000 players per hour. And Ubisoft’s latest follow-up, Watch Dogs 2? Well, it isn’t off to a hot start with the player counts on Steam aligning with the initial low sales and low viewer counts as we originally reported. Debuting on PC two weeks after its troubled PS4 and Xbox One sans-multiplayer launch, we now have the player count numbers for Watch Dogs 2 which has failed to break the top 10 highest played games on Steam. Ubisoft's latest is even trailing behind their other latest games with less concurrent players than both The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege. [caption id="attachment_223215" align="aligncenter" width="771"] Watch Dogs 2's Players Per Hour Launch Numbers via GitHyp[/caption] Watch Dogs 2 debuted one week ago with a peak of 18,113 players in a single hour (less than half of the original’s 47k peak) and the player counts have already dropped 47% to a peak of only 9,604 players today. The players per hour average is brought down even further with the game dropping to slightly under 5,000 users per hour when factoring in prime after school/work hours in the U.S. each day. Ubisoft has already tried to put a "incredibly happy" positive spin on the low sales numbers stating to PC Gamer: “We expect both week-two and week-three sales to be above traditional sales patterns. There is a trend toward games, especially high-quality games, having stronger and longer 'tails' as favorable reviews and word of mouth spread. Watch Dogs 2 is already considered a tremendous addition to the open-world action adventure series and we're confident that millions of players are going to love it." Looking at the current player counts certainly doesn’t show Watch Dogs 2 trending in that direction. It’s already fallen out of Steam’s top 50 games and isn’t showing signs of growth. So expect another press release from Ubisoft in the future claiming the numbers have risen (right after the game is put on sale) as we’ve seen them do time and time again.Watch Dogs 2 Viewer Count Launch NumbersNov 21, 2016 - GitHypThere’s been a lot of animosity from gamers towards Ubisoft lately, and rightfully so as the developer/publisher continues to put out “gameplay” trailers for their upcoming triple-A titles that fail to match the same exact look and feel at launch. The best example of this was back in 2012 when Ubisoft debuted the first Watch_Dogs with gameplay that many considered stole E3. Only to then release a game that looked and played nowhere near as impressive two years later. Two more years later and now Watch_Dogs only averages around 250 players per hour on Steam and rarely ever has anyone watching the game being played on Twitch. With the amount of negative backlash Ubisoft has received for using this tactic -- more recently with The Division, which also had huge drop in players and viewership -- the marketing for Watch Dogs 2 seems to have been slightly toned down to show what looks like more legitimate gameplay footage. Yet, here we are the week of Watch Dogs 2’s launch and the multiplayer is broken and there’s a two week delay on the PC launch that will keep gamers from knowing its early player count stats. [caption id="attachment_219435" align="aligncenter" width="771"] GitHyp's Watch Dogs 2 Viewers per Hour[/caption] Although we don’t have the initial player counts for Watch Dogs 2, we do have the viewer counts from Twitch which aren’t looking good. Watch Dogs 2 had a pretty hot start on its Tuesday launch, hitting a peak of 59,226 viewers and ranking as high as #3 on Twitch. But after its first day, it has been all downhill for the Dogs with viewers quickly losing interest after finally seeing what the latest from Ubisoft has to offer. Even over its launch weekend that should have seen interest at an all-time high, Watch Dogs 2 only managed to peak at 10,801 viewers and averaged around 5k viewers. Dropping 82% since earlier in the week and placing the game right around the #30 spot on Twitch where it’s now continuing to fall. Such an early drop in viewer counts is already showing that gamers are losing interest in the sequel, so it’ll be interesting to compare Watch Dogs 2 to Ubisoft’s last bomb, The Division, when it hits Steam and the PC player counts are made public. Considering the current state of multiplayer and how low viewer counts already are in its first week, things aren’t looking good for Watch Dogs 2. GitHyp will have the player count numbers when Watch Dogs 2 launches on November 29, 2016 on PC.