(UPDATED) Ubisoft to Crowdsource Music for Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft will team up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord company to create music for Watch Dogs: Legion.

By David Gill

July 15, 2019

After working together on Beyond Good and Evil 2, Ubisoft and HitRecord will be collaborating on crowdsourcing music for Watch Dogs: Legion. HitRecord, founded by actor Joesph Gordon-Levitt, is asking the community to produce ten songs that’ll appear in the game. From there, these songs will appear in the game’s radio stations and in the game’s setting in London.

HitRecord will be looking for songs in the rock, hip hop, electronic, metal and punk genres. Additionally, Ubisoft is looking for songs that are related to London.

Like other HitRecord projects, these songs will be collaborations. Several people might work on the lyrics while others make the bass line and drum beats. HitRecord will pay $2,000 per song and that’ll be split amongst the who contributed to each song.  Additionally, people who worked on the songs will have their names added to the game’s credits.

HitRecord will review all the songs submitted and get back to each artist. From there, HitRecord will make decisions regarding payments and how much each contributor will get. HitRecord is calling this their “Payment Proposal” and all the details about it and the contest are available on their website. There will be a two-week period where people can express their opinions on the Payment Proposal and HitRecord will make their final decision following that. The first round of payments will go out to creators in January 2020.

Watch Dogs: Legion launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC on March 6, 2020. While we wait till then, Watch Dogs 2 is available now.

Update: This announcement ultimately turned out to be controversial, with notable developers like Mike Bithell calling this competition out for exploiting fans for free labor. In response to the backlash, Ubisoft put out the following statement that reiterates that the contest is completely voluntary. What do you think about this whole controversy? Let us know in the comments below.

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