Ubisoft recently announced yet another delay for the game’s multiplayer, this time pushing the release of Invasion and Extraction modes.
When Ubisoft announced its summer roadmap of updates for Watch Dogs: Legion, it also announced that two PVP modes were going to be pushed until August. It’s just the latest in a series of delays that have plagued the game since its release in October 2020.
When Watch Dogs: Legion first released, it did so without any multiplayer mode. Ubisoft wanted to give that aspect of the game more polish, and set the release for December 2020. That date was eventually pushed even further, with multiplayer mode finally debuting in March 2021. Most of Watch Dog: Legion’s released multiplayer content, however, is co-op; the only currently available PVP mode is Spider-Bot Arena, where players can control bots in a death match fight. Conspicuously absent were the long-promised Invasion and Extraction PVP missions, the first of which allows a player to invade another player’s game to complete an objective before getting caught.
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When Ubisoft announced changes to their upcoming schedule for DLC and events in the coming months, they announced that instead of releasing in May, the Extraction and Invasion modes were being pushed to August 2021. “We want to invest more time into solid public & private matchmaking, as it’s key for us to provide you with a smooth, enjoyable PvP experience.” While players likely will be happier if the two modes are released fully polished, it’s only one of many delays that have affected Watch Dogs: Legion. In the meantime, Ubisoft appears to be hoping to earn some good will with its June 1st Watch Dogs: Legion update, which will add elderly retired spy Helen, star of an early demo, to the game as a playable character, as well as an undisclosed surprise.
Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Post-Launch Problems
Ubisoft’s problems post-launch problems haven’t been limited to Watch Dogs: Legion. The highly popular Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has received criticisms from its fan base in the last few months, primarily for a perceived prioritization of microtransactions over DLC story content. The most recent free update to the game, which added the Ostara Festival to player’s settlements, was so buggy some functions had to be removed while they were fixed. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has also suffered its own delays, though less severe than Watch Dogs: Legion, with expansion Wrath of Druids’s release delayed by two weeks.
As if these game delays weren’t bad enough PR, recent reporting indicates that Ubisoft’s culture has not changed significantly since allegations surfaced in 2020. While some of the problems that have caused delays for Watch Dogs: Legion can likely be attributed to the pandemic, there may be larger issues behind the scenes that need to be addressed to get game development back on track.
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Watch Dogs: Legion is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, and PC.
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