'Watch Dogs 2': Church Of Scientology, Tom Cruise Parody In Game's Side Mission?

27 October 2016, 8:08 am EDT By J Rose Mobile & Apps
The release of the latest DLC update of "Watch Dogs 2" will be moved to a later date, Ubisoft confirmed.  ( BagoGames / Flickr )

Ubisoft may be inviting a bit of controversy with its upcoming game "Watch Dogs 2," especially from the Church of Scientology.

According to Polygon, the upcoming game will feature tons of side missions, and in one of these missions, protagonist Marcus Holloway is tasked to infiltrate an organization that closely resembles the Church of Scientology.

Marcus will also be speaking with one character within the organization which suspiciously sounds like one of the church's high profile members, "Mission Impossible" actor Tom Cruise.

In the video, Marcus and his Dedsec crew talk about fictional religious sect New Dawn taking down one of their videos, and Marcus would have to pretend to audit Jimmy Siska, New Dawn's high profile spokesperson.

During an interview with VentureBeat, Ubisoft's content director and "hacking consultant" Thomas Geffroyd talked about fictionalizing corporation names to be used in the game.

"I think it'll be pretty clear to everyone who we're emulating," Geffroyd said. "Some of the names will ring a bell."

Speaking about emulating the religious sect, Geffroyd said, "The False Prophets would be an example. It's inspired by Project Chanology, which was the first major Anonymous operation. It was a way to give them a little wink. But I promise you we have some pretty funky stuff in there."

Geffroyd also said that while the location of "Watch Dogs 2" is in San Francisco, the publisher has not received any negative reaction from either the mayor of the real San Francisco or anyone from Silicon Valley.

"Not yet. We have other stories, though. I worked on 'Rainbow Six' before. We had some real shenanigans with the mayor of Las Vegas, if you remember," Geffroyd said. "He wasn't very happy about what we did to his city. But for now, San Francisco has been good to us."

The content director also said that the team wanted to be as close to reality as possible, hence the decision to use real-life San Francisco as the location for "Watch Dogs 2."

"The city is real enough that it makes you think about these issues as real, as part of our real world," Geffroyd said. "These other games have fictional cities and so they feel more like fiction."

"Watch Dogs 2" will be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Nov. 15, and on PC on Nov.29.

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