Watch Dogs 2 Update 1.09 Nerfs the .50 Cal Sniper Rifle, Fixes World Map Exploit

January 9, 2017 Written by Jason Dunning

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Calling it a small patch, Ubisoft has announced that Watch Dogs 2 update 1.09 is now live on PlayStation 4, and will be available later this week on PC and Xbox One.

According to the patch notes, the main purpose of 1.09 is to prepare Watch Dogs 2 for some upcoming updates, but it also brings several stabilization, performance, and bug fixes. Additionally, the .50 Cal sniper rifle was nerfed and the World Map exploit was fixed:

  • YourBoySerge Nerf – This .50 Cal sniper rifle has been the subject of some debate in the community, and is considered to be overpowered in online play. In this patch, we’ve reduced the number of rounds in the magazine from 6 to 1, and we will continue to monitor and balance this beasty rifle.
  • World Map/Online Invasion Exploit – Fixed an issue where players could help detect the presence of an invader in their session using an exploit the World Map.

Asked about the feedback players provided regarding Online Invasions, the Watch Dogs Twitter account replied, “This is a minor patch that addresses other things. We are still reviewing PvP feedback and gameplay data.”

In an interview with Game Informer, Senior Producer Dominic Guay was asked if the team ever considered removing guns. As Guay explained, they kept guns in Watch Dogs 2 to give choice to players:

It is true that Marcus, the character, would not generally use lethal approaches. You do not see him handling guns or shooting people in [cut-scenes] or in any forced narrative moments. We wanted missions to fully support hacking approaches, stealth, non-lethal weapons and trickster tactics. With that said, we wanted to give the player that choice. We wanted to maintain a viable approach through aggression for players who wished to take this course.

What we saw in internal playtests is that players would find their own favorite play styles to approach challenges and each were enjoyed by different players. Often, the same players would change their tactics based not only on what worked for them, but also on what felt right at the moment. If you think about it, it’s interesting to have a player choose an approach based on their feelings instead of being forced into it or simply maximizing efficiency. We are very much aware that there is definitely more to explore in this area – in how to match player agency without creating possible friction between the mechanics and the narrative.

The first DLC pack included in the Watch Dogs 2 Season Pass, the T-Bone Content Bundle, is now available on PS4. The remaining two packs, Human Conditions and No Compromise, are expected this spring and will add several hours of content.

[Source: Watch Dogs (Twitter), Watch Dogs, Game Informer]