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The information clouds have gathered today and unleashed a torrent of new details on Ubisoft’s next open-world action game, Watch Dogs, with a grand selection of exciting screenshots and a collection of videos to further clue us into the game’s futuristic version of Chicago, and the ways you as protagonist Aiden Pierce are able to hack into this city and use its features to your advantage.
We’ve also bundled together some words from PlayStation social media manager, Sid Shuman (originally seen at the PlayStation Blog) to have all of the latest Watch Dogs information and media in one location – enjoy:
1. Aiden Pierce isn’t your typical videogame protagonist
“Aiden is a man with a dark past who has made questionable choices,” Lead Story Designer Kevin Shortt explained in our first live gameplay demo. Growing up in Chicago, Aiden used his technical prowess to infiltrate bank accounts and access surveillance systems, becoming something of a vigilante.
“Naturally, these pursuits earned him some powerful enemies on both sides of the law. As you play Watch Dogs, you won’t be choosing between stark extremes on some binary morality scale, but defining where Aiden resides on much murkier spectrum of acceptability.”
2. Chicago isn’t your typical videogame city
“We’ve all played open-world action games where cities feel more like a collection of giant painted boxes than a living, breathing urban community. Watch Dogs’s densely detailed Chicago feel less like a pretty façade and more like a densely populated city.
“Alleys are riddled with rotting cardboard boxes and detritus and parking garages are honeycombed with gloomy staircases — hack the right device and you may even find yourself peering into the living room of a Chicago citizen.”
Watch Dogs – Hacking Screenshots:
3. You can hack almost anything
“Thanks to Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS), the city’s expansive (and invasive) technology is constantly at your fingertips. Take control of a nearby security camera to map out the positions of guards in a well-fortified area, raise a garage door or forklift to confuse and distract your would-be enemies, or — if you’re in particularly dire straits — tamper with the traffic grid and cause a multi-car pileup.
“These aren’t scripted scenarios, but dynamic and occasionally unpredictable events that can change the course of an escape in a nanosecond.”
4. Stealth and no-holds-barred combat are viable options
“Aiden is no sedentary computer geek — he’s quite capable of dispatching his enemies using lethal and non-lethal force. The stealthier player will value misdirection and surveillance, using remote cameras to tag and monitor enemy positions while skirting past trouble.
“Brute-force players will have a wide range of armaments to choose from, but you’ll want to keep civilian casualties in check lest your reputation suffer.”
Watch Dogs PS4 Gameplay Preview – Next Gen features revealed:
5. Multiplayer and single-player will overlap
“Watch Dogs will feature a full-blown multiplayer mode set in the mean streets of Chicago, though final details are still under lock and key. More intriguing is that multiplayer and single-player will “seamlessly” overlap, an effort by Ubisoft to demolish the wall that has divided single-player gaming and multiplayer for decades. This interconnectivity will extend to a companion experience on mobile devices, though details remain scarce.”
6. Voyeurism is more fun than it sounds
“Connecting to free public WiFi is risky business in the real world, so you can imagine what’s in store for anyone foolish enough to hop on an unsecured network in Aiden Pearce’s city. Aiden can activate WiFi hotspots around the city, then hack into any device that connects to it granting him access to, among other things, a webcam on an unsuspecting citizens’ computer. This enables you to score valuable data, but also peer into the strange domestic lives of Chicago’s apartment dwellers.”
7. The side quests are novel and varied
“Once you hack into a district of Chicago’s ctOS, you’ll find yourself swimming in an ocean of data including the city’s crime prediction algorithms. If you want to go full-on Batman, you can use the crime prediction data to track down potential “victims” from the passers-by on the street, then intervene before their lives are cut short by a hail of bullets or a baseball bat to the head.
“Other side missions are less grim; one of our favourite was NVZN, an augmented-reality arcade game that tasks you with blasting marauding aliens with ray guns.”
Watch Dogs Developer Interview:
Watch Dogs is out on November 19th in the US and November 22nd in Europe and the UK, across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. The game will also be available at the launch of the PlayStation 4, and is planned for ‘the next generation of consoles,’ i.e. the next generation Xbox.
Check out El33tonline’s previous looks at Watch Dogs for more details, as well as additional gameplay videos and screenshots.