The BBC has conducted a unique interview with Watch Dogs: Legion creative director Clint Hocking. In a video published on Saturday, tech reporter Marc Cieslak spoke to Hocking inside his upcoming game.
After having been kitted out in full mocap gear, Cieslak interviewed Hocking on the steps of Picadilly Circus' Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. Hocking spoke about the culture and history that drew Legion's development team to London, but also about the choice to set the game in a dystopian, post-Brexit version of the capital.
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"I look at it as a creator of culture. If we were creating films or movies or books, it's the same with videogames. It's our responsibility to look at the things that are happening in the world around us,and have something to say about that. To create something that's meaningful, that people can look at and engage with, and it speaks to the world that they live in."
Brexit is the most high-profile factor to have shaped the version of London that will feature in Watch Dogs: Legion, but Hocking says that changing regulations around drone ownership and self-driving cars are also shaping the game's simulation. Legion was originally due to release in March, but was pushed back to the 2020-21 financial year as part of Ubisoft's attempt to ensure its "innovations are perfectly implemented."