Watch Dogs 2

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Watch_Dogs 2
Watch_Dogs 2 cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Paris
Ubisoft Toronto
Ubisoft Bucharest
Ubisoft Reflections
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Disrupt
Release dates
Windows November 29, 2016[1]
Watch Dogs 2 at Wikipedia
Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs 2014
Watch Dogs 2 2016

General information

PC Report
Official website
Official forum
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Deluxe or Gold Edition also available, Only Activates on USA
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe or Gold Edition.
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe or Gold Edition.
Windows
Origin
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Deluxe or Gold Edition.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe or Gold Edition also available.
Windows
Twitch
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Windows
Uplay
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Deluxe Edition, Gold Edition
Windows
All versions require Uplay, Denuvo Anti-Tamper, and Easy Anti-Cheat DRM.[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
Windows
Ultra Texture Pack Free
Windows
Human Conditions Included in the Season Pass
Windows
No Compromise Included in the Season Pass
Windows
Mega Pack A bundle that includes: Retro Modernist Pack, Glow_Pro Pack, Ride Britannia Pack, Kick It Pack, Velvet Cowboy and Bay Area Thrash Pack
Windows
Supreme Pack A bundle that includes: Black Hat Pack, EliteSec Pack, Guru Pack, Dumpster Diver Pack and Home Town Pack
Windows
Ultimate Pack A bundle that includes: Psychedelic Pack, Pixel Art Pack, Ded Labs Pack, Glam Pack, Ubisoft Pack, Punk Rock Pack, Urban Artist Pack, Private Eye Pack and Guts, Grit and Liberty Pack
Windows
Bay Area Thrash Pack
Windows
Black Hat Pack
Windows
Ded Labs Pack
Windows
Dumpster Diver Pack
Windows
EliteSec Pack
Windows
Fully Decked Out Bundle
Windows
Glam Pack
Windows
Glow_Pro Pack
Windows
Guru Pack
Windows
Guts, Grit and Liberty Pack
Windows
Home Town Pack
Windows
Kick It Pack
Windows
Pixel Art Pack
Windows
Private Eye Pack Free
Windows
Psychedelic Pack Included in the Season Pass
Windows
Punk Rock Pack
Windows
Retro Modernist Pack
Windows
Ride Britannia Pack
Windows
Root Access Pack Included in the Season Pass
Windows
T-Bone Pack Included in the Season Pass
Windows
Ubisoft Pack
Windows
Urban Artist Pack
Windows
Velvet Cowboy
Windows
Zodiac Killer Mission Pre-order bonus, also included in Root Access Pack. Can't be purchased individually.
Windows
To purchase the complete game with all content, you only need to buy five things on Steam. You need to get the Gold Edition of the game, the Mega Pack, Supreme Pack, Ultimate Pack, and the free Ultra Texture Pack. This combination gets you all the content for the least amount of money.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher[edit]

Use the -nosplash command line argument[citation needed]
Does not skip the Uplay launcher, only the game's launcher.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Watch_Dogs 2\WD2_GamerProfile.xml
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/447040/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\2688\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/447040/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.
Quality settings.
Quality settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
[1]
Ultra-widescreen
In-engine cutscenes are 16:9 with black bars.
4K Ultra HD
[1]
Field of view (FOV)
70-110°.
Windowed
[1]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
[1]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA (1x and T2X), MSAA, TXAA,[1] and SSAA via Pixel Density setting (up to 1.5, aka 2.25x SSAA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
[2]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
[1]
[1]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Dolby Atmos[citation needed]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Disable EasyAntiCheat and online play[edit]

Besides using the multiplayer options found in the game configuration menu, you can also prevent online play by disabling the EasyAntiCheat protection.
Can be useful if you plan to mod the game, as EasyAntiCheat does not allow modified game files without in-game warning messages, and possible risk of an account ban.
Launch the game with the -eac_launcher command line argument[3]

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision Discover
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: WATCH_DOGS2.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking
Supports head tracking.

Issues fixed[edit]

Stuttering during gameplay[edit]

Install the game on SSD
It's recommended to install the game on SSD in order to get rid of frequent stuttering on various. Even on high end configurations. Please check the footnotes for reference [4] [5]
Be aware that minimal FPS is noticeably affected by slow RAM (see WD2 DDR3 vs DDR4 comparison)
(Nvidia) Set maximum pre rendered frames to 4[6]
Turn on in-game Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA)[6]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer EasyAntiCheat See Disable EasyAntiCheat and online play.

System requirements[edit]

Windows[1]
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2400S 2.5 GHz
AMD FX-6120 3.5 GHz
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz
AMD FX-8120 3.9 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780/970/1060
AMD Radeon R9 290
4 GB of VRAM
64-bit OS is required

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/447040/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (447040) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References