Ubisoft has revealed that the Permadeath featured in Watch Dogs Legion is entirely optional and only available in the single-player portion of the London-set action-adventure game.
Watch Dogs Legion Permadeath Detailed
Speaking during a Reddt AMA session over the weekend, Clint Hocking, the game’s creative director, revealed that Permadeath and difficulty are separate. As such, this means you can have Permadeath enabled and play the game on its easiest difficulty setting.
Permadeath is an option in the main game, so you do not have to play with Permadeath on. Either way, you can choose to use one character throughout the game – as long as they are not arrested or hospitalized (or killed), you can stick with the same character throughout – except for a couple of instances where you might need someone specific.
If you are playing in Permadeath Mode (which is optional) and all of your characters are Dead, or simultaneously Arrested or Hospitalized, and you have none left, the game is over and you will need to restart from the beginning. Permadeath can be turned off (but not back on) in the options menu at any time.
Whether you are in Permadeath or not, operatives can be arrested or hospitalized, which takes them out of action for a while, but you can recruit people to reduce that time (such as Doctors or Police Officers who can get your operatives back faster).
Permadeath is an option in the main game. However, it’s not part of Multiplayer because we found very early that there was too much potential for griefing and randomness that didn’t add to the fun of the game. We’ll talk more about multiplayer soon.
Watch Dogs Legion is pencilled in for release on October 29 for PS4, PC and Xbox One, with a PS5 and Xbox Series X version also planned.
[Source – Reddit AMA via WCCFTech]