Watch Dogs: Legion

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Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion cover
Developers
Ubisoft Toronto
Windows Ubisoft Kyiv[1]
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Disrupt[1]
Release dates
Windows October 29, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 72
OpenCritic 74
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions Boost, Cosmetic, Currency, Unlock
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world
Vehicles Automobile, Motorcycle, Naval/watercraft
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Watch Dogs
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Watch Dogs: Legion on Wikipedia
Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs 2014
Watch Dogs 2 2016
Watch Dogs: Legion 2020

Watch Dogs: Legion is an open world action game developed by Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft, with Ubisoft Kyiv assisting in development of the game's PC version.[1]

Watch Dogs: Legion, unlike the prior games in the series, forgoes having a set protagonist and instead allows any citizen of its representation of London to be recruited and played, with the characters playing differently depending on their occupation and other randomly generated elements with the help of technology such as voice modulation.[2] Alongside this system, an optional "permadeath" mode can be enabled on any difficulty.[3] The game uses an upgraded version of the series' Disrupt engine, with the features including HDR display support, hardware ray tracing effects, ultra-widescreen and multi-monitor support, an unlocked framerate and Nvidia's DLSS technology.[1]

Announced at E3 2019, the game was originally set to release on March 6, 2020, however by October 2019 it was delayed to an unspecified date in the following financial year.[4] The final release date of October 29, 2020 was announced during the July 2020 Ubisoft Forward event.[5]

Post-release plans for the game included various free content updates which added four-player co-op missions, versus multiplayer modes, new characters and new missions, with a New Game Plus mode being added in the future. A paid story expansion titled Bloodline, featuring the protagonist of the first game in the series, is scheduled to release as well.[6]

General information

Official forums
Official Discord server

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
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Gold and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Ubisoft Store
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Gold Edition, Ultimate Edition, Collector's Edition also available. Included with Ubisoft+.
Windows
All versions require Ubisoft Connect, Denuvo Anti-Tamper, and VMProtect DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Pre-orders include the Golden King Pack.
Standard Edition contains the base game.
Gold Edition includes the Season Pass.
Ultimate Edition includes all Gold Edition content and the Ultimate Pack.
Collector's Edition includes all Ultimate Edition content with premium packaging, an exclusive steelbook case, LED statuette, three stickers and two posters.

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass Includes Bloodline expansion, four hero characters, three DedSec story missions, an exclusive car skin and Watch Dogs Complete Edition.
Windows
Golden King Pack Golden cosmetic skins for vehicles and weapons and the Uneasy Lies mask. Included with pre-orders.
Windows
Bloodline Story expansion.
Windows
Ultimate Pack Three unique characters, three additional masks and four weeks of VIP Status (currency and online experience boost). Included in the Ultimate Edition.
The VIP Status is not included with the Ubisoft+ version of the game.[7]
Windows
HD Textures Pack Automatically added to library upon purchase.
Windows

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Boost In-game currency and a map showing all collectables can be purchased from the in-game store using WD Credits.[8]
Cosmetic Cosmetics can be purchased from the in-game store using WD Credits.[8]
Currency WD Credits can be purchased in bundles for real money, at a base rate of 100 WD Credits per 1 US dollar.[8]
Unlock Operatives with unique appearances and personalities can be purchased from the in-game store using WD Credits.[8]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Ubisoft\WatchDogsLegion
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Watch Dogs Legion\WD3_GamerProfile.xml

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Ubisoft-Connect-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\3353\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Ubisoft Connect
Saves can be transferred between PC and Google Stadia, but must be uploaded and downloaded in-game.[9]

Video[edit]

Display settings
Display settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Hor+ gameplay. FMVs and menus are pillarboxed.
In-game HUD can be centered at 16:9 ratio or stretched to all screens.[10]
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay and in-engine cutscenes. FMVs and menus are pillarboxed.[11]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Ranges from 70-110°.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Windowed borderless, fullscreen borderless and multi-monitor borderless options available.[10]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA and TAA. DLSS is also supported with four quality presets.
TAA is forced on when Reflections are set to High or Ultra, Ambient Occlusion is enabled or Temporal Upscaling is set below 100%.[12]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Options to sync to the refresh rate or half the refresh rate.[10]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate is uncapped.[13]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Options for Peak Brightness and Paper White.[14]
Ray tracing
Supports ray-traced reflections via DXR.[14]
Color blind mode
Settings for protanopia, deuteranopia and tritanopia color blindness.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse settings
Keyboard and mouse settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Keyboard layout can also be manually specified in game.[10]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Separate options for look, aim and driving camera sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Option to invert X-axis is also present.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Three custom layouts can be saved.[10]
Controller sensitivity
Separate options for look and aim sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Option to invert X-axis is also present.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox Bluetooth controller support is non functional.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired or Bluetooth
V2 tested, official wireless adapter not supported.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio and language settings
Audio and language settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Dialogue, SFX and Chat Sound.[10]
Surround sound
5.1-7.1
Subtitles
Option to enable for all spoken dialogue or only for mission-related dialogue.[10]
Closed captions
Captions in cutscene subtitles are dialogue-related only.
Gameplay Events CC option shows visual description of game audio with a directional indicator on the right side of the screen.
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Voice command and speech-to-text settings support English only.
Arabic
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Co-op, Versus
Added in an update in March 2021.[15]

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[16]
TCP 80, 443, 9003
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Lower than expected performance on some systems[edit]

Some systems are seeing lower than expected performance, with little to no performance improvement running at lower graphics settings, resolutions or with DLSS enabled on Nvidia RTX graphics cards, and hardware not being fully utilised.[17][18][19][20][21]
Change the DirectX setting to DirectX 11[22]

Randomly crashing on some systems[edit]

Some systems have the game crash at random intervals and locations.[23][24][25][26]

Game is not saving correctly[edit]

The game sometimes autosaves incorrectly, leading to loss of some progress, such as completed missions or operator unlocks, or corruption.[27][28][29]
Use the in-game cloud save upload and download options as a potential workaround[citation needed]
Set process core affinity to one core when quitting to main menu[30][31]
  1. Open the pause menu and select "Quit to Main Menu".
  2. Minimize or Alt+Tab away from the game and open the Task Manager.
  3. Right click on Watch Dogs: Legion under the Apps list and select "Go to details".
  4. Right click on the highlighted WatchDogsLegion.exe and select "Set affinity".
  5. Uncheck all the present checkboxes except CPU 0 and click OK.
  6. Return to the game and accept the prompt to return to the main menu.
  7. Once the loading screen appears, open "Set affinity" again on WatchDogsLegion.exe and check <All Processors>.

Issues fixed[edit]

Tragic-Ivy error, can't connect to online servers[edit]

Re-enable Ubisoft Connect's overlay[32]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 [13]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat BattlEye

Low end configuration[edit]

Set hidden settings[33]
  1. Set the lowest desired settings in-game and close it.
  2. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Watch Dogs Legion\WD3_GamerProfile.xml with a text editor.
  3. Lower the TemporalUpscaling factor or GeometryQuality as needed.

Disable BattlEye[edit]

Disabling BattlEye prevents existing saves from being detected by the game, and any new saves created will overwrite them.[34]
Use -BattlEyeLauncher launch option[35]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB (Dual-channel)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
AMD Radeon R9 290X
4 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Requirements listed are for 1080p resolutions using DirectX 12. Additional requirements for Ultra graphics settings, ray tracing, 2K, and 4K resolutions are listed on the Ubisoft website.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 NGON - Watch Dogs: Legion PC Specs & Features - last accessed on 2020-10-19
  2. Twinfinite - Watch Dogs Legion Interview: Creative Director Discusses Picking London, Voice Acting, Permadeath & More - last accessed on 2020-10-28
  3. GameSpot - Watch Dogs: Legion's Permadeath Is Totally Optional - last accessed on 2020-10-28
  4. Eurogamer - Ubisoft delays Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine - last accessed on 2020-10-28
  5. IGN - Watch Dogs Legion Gets October Release Date - last accessed on 2020-10-28
  6. Ubisoft - Watch Dogs: Legion – New Story Details and Post-Launch Plans Revealed - last accessed on 2020-10-15
  7. Ubisoft Forums - Contents of editions, season pass, and ULCs - last accessed on 2020-10-30
    "*Please note, the Four Weeks of VIP Status is not included in the Ultimate edition of Watch Dogs: Legion available on UPLAY+."
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Ubisoft - Season Pass and Monetization in Watch Dogs: Legion - last accessed on 2020-10-20
  9. Ubisoft - Transferring your Watch Dogs: Legion progress between PC and Stadia - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 NGON - Watch Dogs: Legion PC Settings Breakdown - last accessed on 2020-10-22
  11. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2020-10-29
    Tested 21:9 ultrawidescreen at 2560x1080 resolution.
  12. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2020-10-29
    Changing the antialiasing to any option but TAA changes the settings mentioned to off for ambient occlusion and upscaling and Medium for Reflections. Changing those options back changes the antialiasing setting back to TAA
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ubisoft - Watch Dogs: Legion PC Specs Revealed - last accessed on 2020-09-15
  14. 14.0 14.1 Digital Foundry - Watch Dogs Legion PC Hands-On: Next-Gen Ray Tracing Features Previewed - last accessed on 2020-07-14
  15. PC Gamer - Watch Dogs: Legion's online co-op mode is now live on PC - last accessed on 2021-04-07
  16. Ubisoft Forums - Connection Troubleshooting - last accessed on 2020-10-30
  17. /r/Watch_Dogs Subreddit - MEGA THREAD: Watch Dogs Legion PC Specs and Performance Compare - last accessed on 2020-10-30
  18. ResetEra - Watch Dogs: Legion PC performance thread - last accessed on 2020-10-29
  19. /r/Watch_Dogs Subreddit - PC Performance Thread - last accessed on 2020-10-29
  20. /r/pcgaming Subreddit - WARNING: Watch Dogs: Legion currently has terrible PC performance issues - last accessed on 2020-10-29
  21. Ubisoft Forums - Rtx 3080 + ryzen 3900x with 60% gpu usage! Whatttt!!!!! - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  22. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2020-10-29
    Changing the game to run in DX11 saw an improvement on my system, up to 20 FPS more than DX12 on the same scene in some isolated instances, and has been reported by other users in both the referenced threads and the Watch Dogs Discord server as well.
  23. Ubisoft Forums - Unable to Play due to constant Crashing - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  24. Ubisoft Forums - Constant crashing and poor performance - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  25. Ubisoft Forums - PC crashes since update - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  26. Ubisoft Forums - Unplayable AFTER the patch - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  27. Ubisoft Forums - Autosave broken - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  28. Ubisoft Forums - Lost my spy - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  29. Ubisoft Forums - Proof that the save system does not work (with explanation and pictures) - last accessed on 2020-10-31
  30. Ubisoft Forums - Workaround for autosave issue when going back to the main menu - last accessed on 2020-11-01
  31. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2020-11-01
    I haven't had any data loss from incorrect saving so far, but changing the core affinity as described did decrease the amount of time needed for the game to save before loading back to the menu, and extremely long save times at this point appear to be causing some of the reported issues.
  32. Error code Tragic-Ivy in Watch Dogs: Legion - Ubisoft Support
  33. How to play Watch Dogs Legion on a low end PCs! - YouTube
  34. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2020-10-29
  35. /r/Watch_Dogs Subreddit - Is there a way to disable BattlEye? - last accessed on 2020-10-29