The upcoming action-adventure game Watch Dogs: Legion is the most exciting of the series yet. This installment is a sequel to Watch Dogs 2 and carries the same basic theme of “fighting the power”. This time though, the game is set in an open-world fictional version of London where an authoritarian regime has taken control of the United Kingdom. Chaos and violence are abound with the citizens oppressed by Albion, a private security company that becomes the city’s law enforcement. Watch Dogs: Legion is set to release on 6 March 2020 on consoles and PC.
Unlike the previous games in the series, multiple protagonists instead just one are needed to make progress in the story. Hence, you have the option to play with your friends as a team of 4 in co-op mode.
In this game, you’ll lead a resistance force under the London branch of the hacker group DedSec. This is where you get to recruit people for missions. And where can you find these people? Literally, anywhere in the game. Yup, the game allows you to speak to and ask anyone on the streets of fictional London to join the force.
Here’s a quick guide on recruiting for your resistance force:
1. Approach any character anywhere
Not only will you be building your own resistance force, but you’re also allowed to recruit members from anywhere in London, even a random passerby on the street.
As you approach any of the non-playable characters (NPCs) you can find, you’ll be able to read their profile that includes their unique ability or trait. From there, you can decide if you want them without having to talk with them beforehand. Once you find someone who’s got something you need (e.g. good fighting skill or ability to get you out of jail), you can easily walk up to them.
In the game, you can navigate London by foot, vehicle or fast-travelling via the city’s Underground stations.
2. Gain their trust first before recruiting
Just because you want them on your team, it doesn’t mean they’ll immediately jump onboard. The unique thing about Watch Dogs: Legion is that each NPC has their own origin story so you’ll need to put in some effort first.
Some characters would have personal problems that they need help with. When encountering them, you can assistant them with those problems to gain their trust. When they sign up to join your resistance force, they’ll turn into playable characters. They are playable for you to control during subsequent missions.
3. Assign your recruits according to their skill sets
There are three classes of characters: combat, stealth and hacking. To have your team work at its best, you’ll have to assign them to the correct class. Each class has its own set of tools and ability upgrades. So if your character already has a pre-existing particular skill with drones, it’d be smart to assign them for missions that make use of that particular skill.
You can also customise your recruits with various clothing options and have them wield lethal and/or non-lethal weapons.
4. Recruit a large enough team to manage situations out of your control
Your characters aren’t immortal or immune to getting jailed. Besides Albion, there are other threats that DedSec may be up against in the game. This means that your characters may get hurt, imprisoned or even die during the game.
If your currently controlled character gets injured during a mission, you can choose to call another character from your team to rescue you or just surrender to the opponents. If your character gets caught by the local police, you can choose to resist arrest and escape or give up and go to jail (and call up a lawyer character on the team if you have one). But if your character dies in action, that’s the end for them so you’ll be forced to switch to another character.
Check out the official gameplay explanation by Watch Dogs: Legion: