Rumours have been floating round recently that the next Watch Dogs game is going to be set in London, or more specifically, Brixton, and since we've got staff in the London area, we thought we'd weigh in on what we'd like to see and what we'd expect if DedSec were to make their way across the pond.
Firstly, in many a video game the British have been represented horribly by developers, most likely due to the team having no idea about the genuine feel of Britain in 2017. Whether it's horrific cockney accents reminiscent of Dick Van Dyke, or frightfully posh gentility, the stereotypes have all been seen in games, and that's something we'd rather not see in Watch Dogs 3 (as we'll be calling this hypothetical sequel). A genuine representation of London would be great to see, especially in the modern times as opposed to Victorian era.
Setting a video game in London gives you so many locations to reproduce. Just as San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge, London has Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Southbank, Trafalgar Square - the list goes on. But if we're talking Brixton specifically, this is a town brimming with many different cultures and an artistic scene much like Shoreditch, and this colourful personality is exactly suited to Watch Dogs (or at least the vibe established by the second game). It's also got a lot of nightlife and entertainment options for young people, which is also what Watch Dogs 2 was aiming at.
In terms of specifically what we'd like to see featured, the London Eye might be a big one. Billboards played a big part in Watch Dogs 2 in terms of getting DedSec's message out there, and what bigger billboard than the London Eye? We could see ourselves hacking the wheel and rigging it to show a hard-hitting message, and getting some great views of virtual London when we scale it to the top (as we got to do many a time in Watch Dogs 2's San Francisco).
A Watch Dogs in London would also need a new approach to weapons. Without getting too political, guns are much more realistic in a game set in the US, but in Britain guns aren't as prominent, except in the most hardcore criminal circles. The way you approach combat, and therefore the entire game, will have to be tweaked a little bit to either prioritise stealth as the main focus, or have the melee aspect pushed the the forefront. This would also mean that more melee options other than the ball-on-a-rope would be necessary (an old British police trudgeon maybe?).
The driving in Watch Dogs 2 felt great, and this made it well-suited for the open world it provided, but this may also have to be tweaked in a British setting too. Not only do we drive on the left over here, but we also don't have as many huge, sprawling highways that you can drive across. Instead, we're more about one lane of traffic, narrow streets, tight turns, and buildings either side of the road, meaning that the usual drive up and mountain away from the cops might not be as appropriate. We're not saying they should include London traffic though... that wouldn't be fun for anyone.