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Ubisoft to patch out controversial podcaster and says it "deeply regrets" hurt caused by her inclusion

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Ubisoft will patch out the voice work of a British journalist in Watch Dogs: Legion (opens in new tab) after the developer was "made aware of controversial remarks".

After fans took to forums and social media to complain about the inclusion of journalist Helen Lewis – who appears on two fictional podcasts available in vehicles as you drive throughout the city – Ubisoft said because it had "worked with an external producer to select speaker profiles for these podcasts", it was "not aware of the controversy at the time of booking or recording".

"We were made aware of controversial remarks from a journalist whose voice-over performance appears in two in-game podcasts in Watch Dogs: Legion," a Ubisoft spokesperson told Kotaku (opens in new tab). “Neither Ubisoft nor the game reflect this journalist’s viewpoints.

"The development team worked with an external producer to select speaker profiles for these podcasts and were not aware of the controversy at the time of booking or recording. While the in-game podcasters are following a pre-approved script and are not speaking in their own name or with their own opinions, we understand this collaboration itself may be seen as offensive and we deeply regret any hurt this has caused. In response, we will be replacing these two podcast episodes in an upcoming update and will reinforce our background checks for partners in the future."

ICYMI, we awarded Watch Dogs Legion 3.5 stars out of five.

"Like that of Assassin's Creed's dual protagonists, I now can't imagine the Watch Dogs series without its Play as Anyone mechanic, which feels like a feature the franchise was always made for," we said in the GamesRadar+ Watch Dogs Legion review (opens in new tab)

"Despite the deficiencies that underscore both its storytelling and gameplay, Legion thus represents an aspiring, albeit somewhat clumsy, step forward for the series at large. If a continued pivot towards dystopianism is what's needed to inspire Ubisoft to keep refining and honing its new APC formula for Watch Dogs' future, then I say bring on the end of the world as we know it."

Ubisoft recently laid out the process for upgrading current-gen versions (opens in new tab) of Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab), and Far Cry 6 to PS5 (opens in new tab) and Xbox Series X (opens in new tab). Providing you stay in the same console family, a new post from Ubisoft Support confirms you'll be able to take all three games with you from one console to the next, and yes, your game progress will also be retained by the new Ubisoft Connect (opens in new tab) gaming and social hub. If you buy a digital version of the games on current-gen systems, you'll be able to play their upgraded versions at no extra cost when they launch.

Here are all the upcoming PS5 games (opens in new tab) and upcoming Xbox Series X games (opens in new tab) that we know of. 

Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.