Watch Dogs 2 launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow with some players getting early copies and already playing. One key component of the game may not be ready to go though, the seamless drop in and drop out of the games multiplayer. Ubisoft found and issue which causes the game to lag and crash, the lag being something you can see in recent gameplay videos from influencers.
It seems that Ubisoft has only submitted the update for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to Sony and Microsoft respectively. Unless Ubisoft has an agreement with the platform holders it is unlikely the update will be available when the game officially releases.
On the subject of the update being submitted, Ubisoft commented
During the pre-launch phase of Watch Dogs 2, we discovered an issue tied to the seamless multiplayer feature that caused the game to lag and crash periodically. In order to eliminate that issue at launch and for players to enjoy a smooth game play experience, we have decided to wait to launch the seamless multiplayer feature until the patch that fixes this issue is deployed. The patch is currently in certification by Sony and Xbox (Microsoft).
In the meantime, players can still play the full single-player experience without any concerns and play co-op by inviting friends through the game menu. But that does mean that the Bounty-Hunter mode and other activities that would occur with other outside players who enter your game will be unavailable until the patch is deployed on each platform.
You can still play the “seamless multiplayer” if you send a direct request to a friend to play co-op with but that kind of negates the whole seamless part of the flow.
Updates submitted to first part usually take at least a few days to be approved before they can be released. Sony generally takes slightly longer due to having different regions the update has to be approved by while Microsoft has one submission which is approved on a global level.
Hopefully for PC players, it does mean that the game will work as expected when the game releases in a couple of weeks. Although, when it comes to AAA titles recently, we expect it will have its own teething troubles on PC at launch.