Watch Dogs 2 won’t feature AR games, dev teases seamless co-op

Watch Dogs 2 will not see the return of the augmented reality (AR) mini-games featured in the original title, its director has said.

Speaking during an interview with GamingBolt, Danny Belanger revealed that the feature has been eschewed from the open-world sequel in favor of the Nethack option. In addition, he also teased some new details on Watch Dogs 2’s seamless co-op functionality.

AR games from Watch Dogs are not returning…We are offering more city exploration. So as you’re walking around the city, you’ll open Nethack and you’ll discover operations and secrets that will unlock side quests if you want,” Belanger said.

Watch Dogs 2 arrives on PS4 this November with huge open-world and seamless co-op

What I can say today is we’re bringing seamless co-op; we’re going to have seamless hacking so someone can come in your game and hack. Now you’re part of DedSec, so you’re part of a hacker group, so we wanted those hackers to work together. So you can be in your single player game but there’s a DedSec ally that’s walking around the street, and if you want you can just go and press a button and go in co-op. We created operations meant for co-op because they’re challenging, so it’s good to have a buddy.”

Watch Dogs 2 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on November 15, 2016. The game takes place in the San Francisco Bay area, and is roughly twice the size of its predecessor, which was set in Chicago. 

The sequel introduces a brand new protagonist in the shape of Marcus Holloway, a skilled free-runner and member of hacking group, DedSec. As mentioned, Watch Dogs 2 also features a full-fledged multiplayer component, with both co-op and competitive elements included.

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