Ubisoft wishes Watch Dogs 2 players a terrible Fourth of July
Haven’t played Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs 2 in a while? Its developers apparently want to torture you for the next week if you consider doing so, all in the name of the U-S-of-A.
Usually, seasonal events in video games are good news. Holiday-themed quests, gifts, and trinkets are commonplace in MMOs like WoW and life sims like Animal Crossing.
Ubisoft’s 2016 game Watch Dogs 2 falls in neither of those categories, but perhaps the company thought a little seasonal surprise would get the hipster-hacker open-world quest back on people’s tongues. Its choice of patriotic accoutrement, however, hasn’t brought out much happy feedback: a bombastic fireworks show that plays every “night” in the game (which starts every 24 minutes in real time and lasts for about 8 minutes).
The biggest problem is that Ubisoft didn’t balance this series of repetitive sounds for surround sound systems. Credit goes to NeoGAF user Vlaphor for this unappealing description:
The smaller fireworks that go off sound like someone is crinkling wrapping paper right next to my ears and the larger fireworks sound like someone is hitting the bass pedal on a drum set, also next to my ears.
It only affects the rear/side channels of my 5.1 setup, so it feels as though I have a constant dome of fireworks around me.
There’s no consideration of distance, so the fireworks sound the same no matter where you are.
There are only a couple of samples, so the fireworks begin to sound identical almost right away.
Finally, the fireworks go off non-stop. It’s not some kind of measured release of fireworks, it’s thousands of the same fireworks, going off constantly for about 1/3rd of each in-game day. It’s a mixture of some of the most irritating sounds available, run on a near-constant loop, and there’s no way to turn it off.
More complaints can be found by searching on various Web and social-media channels. Ubisoft has responded to some complaints with this brief, unhelpful sentence: “Thank you for the feedback!” Ubisoft’s patch notes confirm that players must endure this patriotic “treat” until it times out on July 10.