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Ubisoft tries something slightly different ahead of E3

Ubisoft put its flagship Assassin’s Creed series to one side at its annual briefing ahead of the E3 video games conference in Los Angeles, instead introducing some fresh new takes on established franchises, as well as the usual updates for its live service games.

The biggest reveal was Watch Dogs Legion, the third game in the series that’s essentially Ubisoft’s take on Grand Theft Auto, except you’re in a near-future smart city and can hack anything with your phone. This time the game’s set in a dystopian post-Brexit London, where an authoritarian¬†government and rampant crime repress the populace.

Legion, which is due out in 2020, differs from previous games in that there’s no main protagonist. Every person walking around the world is a potential recruit that you can play as, and they all have different skills and personalities.

If one dies, or there’s a specific challenge you need to overcome, you move to a different recruit. Even though the game appears to be taking on a bleak tone, gameplay at the briefing showed some levity with multiple older women (one a hacking expert and one a retired assassin) getting in on the foul-mouthed, murderous uprising action.

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