Ubisoft Removes Early Access Perk From Watch Dogs: Legion

Perhaps signalling the start of a new trend, Watch Dogs: Legion will no longer offer early access in its more expensive versions.

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If you happened to have pre-ordered a premium edition for Watch Dogs: Legion and were looking forward to its promise of early access, you're unfortunately out of luck. Ubisoft has decided not to include that perk after all.

The developer is removing the three-day early access perk for Watch Dogs: Legion from all its special editions, allowing the game to launch simultaneously for everyone on October 29. This breaks a trend Ubisoft has had in place for many of its large games over the past few years, where paying extra allowed you to gain access to the game before most players. It's a strategy Microsoft has been using with its exclusives for some time too.

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In addition to removing the early access, Ubisoft is also promising more story-based content in its original season pass plans for Legion, as well as bolstering digital content included in each of the game's premium editions. Ubisoft doesn't mention whether this will be the case for its other games, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6, but it is likely. The London-based sequel features a variety of different editions to purchase, all of which you can find in our pre-order guide for Watch Dogs: Legion here.

Legion was featured during Ubisoft Forward, the publisher's stream that replaced its annual E3 show. It offered new looks at the game with an extensive gameplay demo and tone-setting short film. GameSpot also got a chance to play the game recently for three hours and came away impressed with its "play as anyone" mechanic. You can read our hands-on impressions of Watch Dogs: Legion here.

Ubisoft Forward also featured a large gameplay demo for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, as well as the first look at Far Cry 6 with a cinematic trailer featuring Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito. Ubisoft also announced that it plans to host another Ubisoft Forward stream soon.

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