The British grime and R&B artist has teamed up with Ubisoft for his latest single Waterfall, which was created entirely inside Watch Dogs: Legion.
UK grime artist Stormzy announced that he’ll be featured in Ubisoft’s upcoming video game Watch Dog: Legions. The music video for his latest single ‘Waterfall’ was created entirely inside the game and shows off various notable London locations, including Brixton, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square.
Watch Dogs: Legion will be dropping at the end of October and is set in a virtual imagining of a post-Brexit London that gives off an apocalyptic, dystopian vibe not too dissimilar to Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive. Being a Londoner myself it is very odd seeing well-known areas of the city recreated virtually as fully explorable spaces – I’m used to only ever seeing Los Angeles or New York in games like GTA and Spiderman.
Stormzy will have his own playable mission as part of the game’s storyline called ‘Fall On My Enemies’, which sees players help him secure a broadcast of his track across London. No word yet on additional Stormzy content later in the game though. Perhaps you have to make your way to the main stage of a nearby festival? Drop a banger at Glastonbury in a bulletproof vest designed by Banksy?
The visuals for ‘Waterfall’ are impressive and a testament to the technological innovations being made in the gaming industry. We’ve seen these kind of ideas explored by other artists in recent years as virtual reality, life-like cyber avatars, and motion tracking becomes more accessible. This video for ‘The Birthday Party’ by The 1975 uses digital versions of its band members in similar ways to Stormzy, for example.