All signs point towards Watch Dogs as being Ubisoft’s next big tent pole videogame release to support the publisher’s annual releases of Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance, and as a brand new intellectual property, the game is looking very exciting, if a little far off.
First shown at E3 2012 behind closed doors, resulting in a few bits of amazing debut gameplay footage and screenshots, Watch Dogs takes players to a future where technology has infiltrated humanity to such an extent that everything we do and think is tracked, run and recorded digitally. In Watch Dogs, players will be able to take advantage of this proposed scenario by using technology to achieve their objectives in a sprawling, incredibly detailed open world environment.
When Watch Dogs was first shown, the immediate assumption was that it would only be released on the next generation of consoles, despite Ubisoft declaring it to be a game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. A new report on Kotaku, however, says that all of the above might just be true:
According to a photo of a leaked promotional flier for Watch Dogs, Ubisoft is targeting a ‘Holiday 2013’ release for Watch Dogs across “All Home Consoles,” which means PS3, Xbox 360 and even the Wii U, as well as the next consoles from Sony and Microsoft should they be out and available by Holiday this year.
When contacted in relation to the story, Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tony Key, said of the report:
“Ubisoft is pleased with the response for Watch Dogs from media and fans. The game is an original IP that has been created from the ground up at Ubisoft Montreal with inspiration from many titles and ideas the studio has worked on throughout the years.”
Key doesn’t exactly confirm or deny the report either way, does he, which usually means that the speculation in question has a better chance of being real than fake.
When do you think we’ll see the release of Watch Dogs, and on which platforms? If it’s out this year on PlayStation 4, we’re sure to see it make at appearance at this week’s PlayStation event on February 20th… given that Sony reveals its next console at the event.