Ubisoft has announced that the upcoming multiplayer mode for Watch Dogs 2, Showdown will available via a free update. It was supposed to be part of the premium expansion, No Compromise but the developer has backtracked on their decision. This will be in line with Ubisoft’s policy on non-play-to-win DLCs, and most importantly, it’ll be welcomed by all of the players who are still roaming in the fictional San Francisco.
Showdown is described as an endgame challenge for experienced players across 15 distinct locations, and it features three types of competitive matches: Steal the HDD, Doomload, and Erase / Protect the Server, which will require two pairs of players to face off against each other. In order to replace the content gap left by Showdown for No Compromise, Ubisoft will be adding new ability-granting outfits and vehicles, non-lethal weapons, and single-player time trials that weren’t part of the expansion previously.
According to Watch Dogs 2’s live producer Kris Young, the decision to have Showdown available for all was based on the community feedback for more multiplayer options. "There are two main drivers behind making Showdown free for all of our players," said Young on an Ubisoft blog post. "The first is that we want everyone to be able to participate and play it. We really wanted to have as many people as possible playing the mode for a better challenge, better matchmaking time and quality, and a healthier, more active community."
The No Compromise DLC will make its way to the PlayStation 4 on April 18, while Xbox One and PC players will get it a month later on May 18. All platform players will receive Showdown on April 17 via a free update. At the meantime, you can check out the image below for Ubisoft’s content outline in the upcoming months for Watch Dogs 2.
Source: Euro Gamer