Watch Dogs 2 put a great deal of importance on their seamless multiplayer that would be coming with the game, but it has been down for a while now, even though today was the global launch.
Having the multiplayer be down once the game is fully released globally is certainly going to hurt those initial fan receptions.
Ubisoft has released a statement as to the state of the game:
“We wanted to take some time and explain a situation we’re currently facing with the game that will affect your online gameplay experience. During the pre-launch phase of Watch Dogs 2, we were disappointed to discover an issue tied to the seamless multiplayer feature that caused the game to lag and crash periodically.
“In order to eliminate this issue at launch, we have decided to wait to launch the seamless multiplayer feature until this issue can be fixed, and to make sure it doesn’t impact the core gameplay experience. Through our testing, we’ve found that players encountering seamless online are also affected by this lag issue, hence our need to temporarily shut down seamless multiplayer for all. The Watch Dogs 2 development team’s priority is working on fixing this issue.
“To be clear, you can play the full single-player campaign normally. Additionally, co-op is still fully functional by inviting friends through the game menu. However, the Bounty-Hunter mode and other activities that would occur with other outside players who enter your game will be unavailable until the issue is resolved. We truly appreciate your patience during this time.”
While the multiplayer is still down, some reviews have been released, and they seem to be pretty good, saying that the game is definitely an improvement on the original.
If you were having any reservations on getting the game, perhaps wait until the multiplayer goes up, and see what people are saying then.