A few months ago, Ubisoft announced the pre-order bonus for the upcoming Watch Dogs 2. Anyone that pre-orders the game or buys the San Francisco Edition will get a new outfit, in addition to a mission based on the real world crimes of the Zodiac Killer. Months after it first announced the Zodiac Killer mission, Ubisoft has released a trailer that sets the stage for fans looking forward to the enticing pre-order bonus.
In the Zodiac Killer mission for Watch Dogs 2, new protagonist Marcus Holloway is being taunted by the infamous killer, or at least someone masquerading as him. What follows is a series of objectives that players must complete in an attempt to solve the decades-old mystery and reveal the Zodiac Killer’s identity once and for all. For their troubles, players will be rewarded with an outfit, which equips them with a bright orange jacket and pants, complete with a t-shirt that reads, “I Saw the Zodiac Killer.”
Gameplay footage of Watch Dogs 2 has been impressive so far, but the Zodiac Killer mission seems like it has potential to be one of the most interesting missions in the entire game. It capitalizes on the game’s San Francisco setting, drawing on one of the most significant real world events tied to it to create a compelling subplot. Considering this, some fans may be disappointed that the only way to get the Zodiac Killer mission is to pre-order the game or pick up the special San Francisco Edition.
It’s not uncommon for pre-order bonuses to be controversial, but considering the history of the Watch Dogs series, pre-order bonuses for Watch Dogs 2 may draw more ire than usual. As some may recall, the original Watch Dogs was one of the most hyped games of 2014 thanks to a jaw-dropping E3 trailer that advertised a level of quality that Ubisoft was unable to deliver come launch day. As is the case with many video games, Watch Dogs went through a downgrade from the time it was shown at E3 to the time it actually landed on store shelves, so some may be especially weary of pre-ordering the sequel instead of waiting for reviews.
However, those same individuals may be intrigued by the Zodiac Killer mission, and putting it behind a pre-order paywall seems unfair. Now, if Ubisoft included it as a pre-order bonus, but also made it possible for others to just pay for it like normal DLC, then it would be a different story.
Unfortunately, for now players either have to pay extra for the game’s San Francisco Edition or take the risk and pre-order Watch Dogs 2 to gain access to the Zodiac Killer mission. Hopefully this changes at some point in the future so that everyone with Watch Dogs 2 can experience what looks like a fun mission with an interesting story.
Watch Dogs 2 will be available on November 15th for PS4 and Xbox One. It will launch on November 29th for PC.