Watch_Dogs, the highly anticipated new IP that comes to you from Ubisoft, recently had some new screens for the game released. Watch_Dogs is an open world action-adventure game set in the city of Chicago, which is one of many cities to use the CtOS. In Watch_Dogs, you play as protagonist Aiden Pearce, who has the ability to hack into anything that is tied to the ctOS with his phone. Watch_Dogs will be releasing on the PS3 on November 19, 2013 in North America and November 22, 2013 in Europe. The PS4 version will be releasing at a later date.
Today a bunch of new screens for Watch_Dogs were released by Ubisoft. In some of the new screens that were released, you can see Aiden Pearce using his phone to hack devices, so he can escape conflicts. In other screens, you can see him using his phone to find potential targets that he must protect from danger. Also released were seven details that you need to know.
Seven Things You Need To Know
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.
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.
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.
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 nonlethal 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.
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.
Voyeurism is more fun than it sounds. Connecting to “FREE PUBLIC WI-FI” 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 Wi-Fi 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.
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 favorite was NVZN, an augmented-reality arcade game that tasks you with blasting marauding aliens with ray guns.
- Been in development for four years
- Team has placed a big focus on the NPCs’ behavior and personalities
- You’ll be involved with other events when not on a main mission
- Bios flash for a few moments as you pass NPCs
- Examples: “refuses to cycle”, “trolls religious forums”
- Hack into phones, scroll through text messages and tap into conversations, with relevant locations relating to what was discussed marked on the map for later inspection
- Game doesn’t have “a bunch of minions creating personalities one after another”
- NPCs themselves are the product of another system.
- “Every backstory, every look – it’s based on a database. Some of the population will dynamically end up in certain scenarios based upon their personalities, but you’ll never see a mugging, for example, happen in the same way twice.”
- Won’t be bombarded with side-content
- Another system controls how much of it is doled out, depending on how often you participate in it
- The game’s main narrative arc remains under wraps, but there are hints that player interaction in side-missions will draw parallels with the way that Aiden Pearce personally becomes more obsessed and drawn into the actions of Chicago’s population
- Two types of hacking abilities: small-scale actions and larger-scale actions
- Small-scale: scanning passers-by, disabling a nearby car’s security system, etc.
- Larger-scale: access the city-wide Central Operating System (CTOS)
- Access CTOS district-by-district by storming local datacentres
- With CTOS access, Pearce can use the city’s surveillance technology to identify new side-missions and follow-up on potential crimes
- Side-content isn’t always about crimes
- One sequence has you gaining access to a local W-iFi hub and peering into someone’s home
- Watch Dogs will also include opportunities for you to interact with other human players in your single-player game
- “Say you’re playing alone, free-roaming. There’s a bunch of activities you can activate. Sometimes – and you won’t know when – the objective that you have is related to what someone else is doing at the same time. When that happens we merge your reality with the other person’s, and you’ll be able to see them.”
- Ex: spy on another hacker; it’s a real player carrying out an objective within their own game who had unknowingly become part of your city
- Sometimes you will be told if another player will be watching you during these objectives, sometimes you won’t
- Multiplayer mode planned
- Expected to take 80 hours to complete everything in the game
- Access a smartphone full of apps to activate contracts, drop glyphs for friends to find, or look up a tune playing on a nearby radio
- Version of iTunes lets you buy new apps and games with in-game money
- No micro-transactions
- AR shooter mini-game sees nearby NPCs attacked by purple Metroid-esque aliens, with high scores recorded on global leaderboards
- A number of ideas were cut, team is saving the list for the futureSource: PS Blog.