Keeping a Watch on Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 06:05 -- RLWaterman

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs has been in development since 2010, and although it’s now one of the developer’s most anticipated titles, many of us had never heard of it before its announcement at E3 2012. With a rumored release date of 2013 we’re on tenterhooks to know exactly when we’ll be able to get our hands on this title, particularly as Ubisoft has announced that it, along with Assassin’s Creed 4, will be one of the six games it’ll be launching onto the Xbox One in the console’s first year.

Watch Dogs seems to be a game that contains elements of many different titles. It’s open world like Assassin’s Creed, but instead of visiting a bygone era we’ll be thrust into the bustling city of Chicago. Survival is key to the game and you’ll be armed with suitable weaponry, but there will also be multiple opportunities to strike your enemies with stealth and cunning. You’ll be able to play the game how you want to, by running in with guns blazing or by taking more of a backseat and sneaking your way to victory.

So is this a Splinter Cell style title? Not at all. Instead your stealth will primarily come from the aid of your smartphone, a device that you can use to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (CtOS) to take control of the city. From disabling security cameras to disrupting traffic lights to messing around with the mobile devices of other users, you’ll be able to use this ability to draw attention away from yourself or simply use it to break into a secure area. This is a new and highly interesting concept; using the technology that we’re so familiar with to allow us to control this highly detailed, complex and beautiful world of the game.

Keeping a Watch on Ubisoft’s Watch DogsThe game is set in a near-future world, a world in which all of the technological devices of the type we see today are connected into one massive network, CtOS. You will take control of a hacker of this time named Aiden Pearce as you work your way through the fictional version of the city of Chicago, named Windy City. It’s a typical ‘antihero’ premise, and the game will definitely be a test of your cunning, particularly as you’ll start out with an Aiden only able to exert a limited power over those technical devices around him. Never fear though, because by the end of the game you’ll be controlling the entire city and bending anything even remotely linked to the all-powerful data network to your will as you devise elaborate ways to take out the bad guys.

From what we’ve already seen of Watch Dogs it’s obvious that this is a game designed for the next generation of consoles. Although it’ll be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the graphics showed off at E3 2012 and in successive demo and trailer releases are incredible and will really shine on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will also be a PC version of the title and a release for the Wii U, so this really is a multi-platform release from Ubisoft.

Watch Dogs was a huge hit at E3 2012 and we’re expecting the same reaction if Ubisoft has any more to show us at this year’s gaming convention. With Assassin’s Creed IV and Splinter Cell: Blacklist coming to console soon, it’s going to be a great year for Ubisoft. Although these two well-known titles will certainly attract a lot of attention though, it’s the entirely new idea and premise of Watch Dogs that many are looking forward to more.

Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 06/07/2013

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