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DedSec Everywhere but Watch Dogs: The Mysterious Absence

In the world of gaming, certain elements become iconic and unforgettable, leaving players with a lasting impression. In the case of the Watch Dogs series, one such element is DedSec, a shadowy hacker collective that has been a central figure in the franchise since its inception. However, as the series has evolved, DedSec's role has shifted in intriguing ways. In this blog post, we'll explore the curious phenomenon of DedSec showing up everywhere but in the Watch Dogs series.

The Origins of DedSec

Before delving into DedSec's conspicuous absence in the Watch Dogs series, let's briefly recount the collective's origins. DedSec, short for "Dedicated Security," was introduced as a mysterious and anarchic hacker group in the first Watch Dogs game, released in 2014. Their motives were shrouded in secrecy, and players assumed the role of Aiden Pearce, a vigilante hacker seeking answers.

DedSec played a crucial role in unraveling the overarching storyline of the game, and they returned in Watch Dogs 2, with a more prominent and idealistic presence. Players took on the persona of Marcus Holloway, a talented hacker recruited into DedSec, as they fought against corporate corruption and surveillance in the Bay Area.

The Mystery Unfolds

Now, here's where things get interesting. While DedSec's involvement has been substantial in the first two entries of the series, it seems to have receded from the forefront in more recent games.

Watch Dogs: Legion, released in 2020, took an innovative approach by allowing players to recruit and play as any character in the open-world setting of London. DedSec was still present, but they lacked the central characters and strong narrative focus that had defined the group in previous titles.

In the upcoming Watch Dogs game, it remains to be seen how DedSec's role will evolve. However, the absence of a dedicated and charismatic leader, as seen in Aiden Pearce and Marcus Holloway, suggests that DedSec's prominence might continue to diminish.

DedSec's Expanding Universe

While DedSec's presence in the Watch Dogs series has somewhat faded, the collective has been making appearances in unexpected places:

1. "Watch Dogs: Legion of the Dead": This is a standalone mode where players face off against hordes of infected in a zombie-themed London. DedSec's technology and lore are central to this unique game mode.

2. "Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline": This expansion introduced Aiden Pearce and Wrench, two iconic DedSec members, as playable characters in the Watch Dogs: Legion universe.

3. "Assassin's Creed Valhalla": In a curious crossover, a graffiti art of the DedSec logo appeared in the streets of 9th-century England in Assassin's Creed Valhalla. This led to wild speculations among fans about a potential shared universe.


The conspicuous absence of DedSec in the Watch Dogs series is undoubtedly a puzzling aspect of the franchise's evolution. While DedSec's shadow looms large in the wider Ubisoft gaming universe, it has somewhat lost its central focus within the main series.

This shift reflects the developer's desire to experiment with gameplay mechanics, open-world design, and storytelling in each new installment. Still, for long-time fans of the series, DedSec remains an iconic and enigmatic symbol, leaving us wondering where its journey may lead in the future. As we eagerly await the next chapter in the Watch Dogs saga, it's clear that DedSec continues to be everywhere but at the forefront of its own series, keeping us intrigued and curious about what's to come.

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