In Watch Dogs Legion we will be able to play with anyone, however, a character of our choice can die permanently. While it sounds something difficult to deal with in prospect, especially if you get attached to a specific character, Ubisoft has confirmed that permanent death isn’t mandatory.
In a Reddit AMA, the Creative Director Clint Hocking answered to users who were asking how permanent death works when selecting a difficulty setting. In short, this option is optional.
“Difficulty and Permadeath are separate options,” Hocking said. “You can play in Easy, Normal, or Hard, and you can play with Permadeath on or off in any difficulty.”
In addition, Hocking has commented that permanent death will not carry over to multiplayer and later said that there will be more details on the mode coming soon.
“Permadeath is an option in the main game,” Hocking said. “However it’s not part of Multiplayer because we found very early that there was too much potential for griefing and randomness that didn’t add to the fun of the game. We’ll talk more about MP soon.”
Hocking finally reiterated that permanent death in the main campaign of Watch Dogs: Legion is optional, something you can turn on and off at will. You will also be able to play as a character throughout the campaign unless the mission requires someone specific.
“Permadeath is an option in the main game, so you do not have to play with Permadeath on,” he said. “Either way, you can choose to use one character throughout the game–as long as they are not arrested or hospitalized (or killed), you can stick with the same character throughout–except for a couple of instances where you might need someone specific.”
Watch Dogs: Legion will be released on October 29 on PC, PS4, Google Stadia, and Xbox One.