Ubisoft was caught out the other day with the leak of a piece of promotional material outing the release of Watch Dogs on ‘all’ home consoles this holiday season, which at the time may or may not ahve meant next generation hardware, too.
The publisher came back strong today during the PlayStation Meeting 2013 event by formally announcing the open-world hacking game for PlayStation 4, as well as PlayStation 3 and other platforms.
Watch Dogs will be out in time for the launch of the PlayStation 4, Ubisoft says, laying bare the team’s incredible ambitions for what could very well become the next annual tentpole release for the publisher as a whole.
Watch Dogs was first shown behind-closed-doors at E3 2012 where the game’s “cutting-edge technologies and sophisticated game design into a realistic, living open world” were showcased, but what does all of this actually mean for the game and its story? Ubisoft outlines the setup for Watch Dogs thus:
“In Watch Dogs, players will experience the realities of living in our fully connected society, where individuals and corporations are at risk of exposure by our ever-increasing reliance on networks and technology.
“Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.”
All very fancy talk, but why was Watch Dogs shown at the recent PlayStation event? Chief executive officer at Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot said of Watch Dogs on PlayStation 4:
“Ubisoft has a strong history of supporting new technologies with unique and creative offerings. The power and capability of the PS4 allows the Watch Dogs team to further push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in interactive entertainment.”
Watch the spectacular (and all-new) gameplay sequence captured in Watch Dogs below – the next generation of gaming is here, apparently:
Watch Dogs – Open World Gameplay
Watch Dogs is now confirmed for release in Holiday 2013 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, as well as Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.
Catch up with all of El33tonline’s PlayStation Meeting 2013 coverage over here for looks at all of the exciting PlayStation 4 games and announcements from the event.
Watch Dogs Artwork