Watch Dogs

"Everything is connected. Connection is power_"

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Watch Dogs
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher Ubisoft
Engine Distrupt
Havok Physics
Platform(s) PC
Playstation 3
Xbox 360
Playstation 4
Xbox One
Wii U
Release Date(s) WW May 27, 2014
Wii U 2014
Genre Third-person, Stealth, Open-world, Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, Multi-player
Ratings PEGI: 18
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Watch Dogs (stylized as WATCH_DOGS) is a third-person, open world, action-adventure game developed and published by Ubisoft Montreal, released on May 27, 2014 on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. A Wii U edition of the game has been confirmed but as of yet doesn't have a release date. On the background of the modern city of Chicago, Illinois, Watch Dogs blends cutting-edge technologies and sophisticated game design into a realistic and living open-world game where the protagonist, Aiden Pearce, must use his powerful weapon of hacking electronic equipment and infrastructure to take down a corrupt system and achieve his goals.


[edit] Plot

The storyline of Watch Dogs follows protagonist Aiden Pearce, an Irish-American vigilante who possesses the ability to hack into the city of Chicago's central operating system, known as ctOS, via the use of his Smartphone armed with an application known as "Profiler". Aiden has matured from a street thug to a sophisticated, clever and talented hacker hellbent on seeking vengeance for his family after a violent tragedy, born from his aptitude for antisocial activity, by utilizing his hacking and social engineering skills he honed during his years in the underground. Driven by the guilt he feels for the pain and suffering of his family, Aiden begins to track down those who have harmed those he knew and loved.

The tragedy and story of Aiden Peace is one part of the story of Watch Dogs, which further explores the idea of technology incorporated into a modern society, spearheading the concept of information warfare, personal and public data being interconnected and the increasing use of technology worldwide. To tell this story we are given a fictionalized, contemporary version of Chicago, Illinois which, in the world of Watch Dogs, is one of the many cities that features a central operating system controlled by a Supercomputer called ctOS (lit. Central Operating System). This telling of Chicago has information that is deeply connected. The operating network is able to control almost every piece of technology in the city from banks and trains, to security cameras and traffic lights. Even personal data from the city's residents and their activities have be logged and recorded by the ctOS. Before the events of the game, the Northeast Blackout of 2003 prompted the start of the development of the ctOS.

[edit] Gameplay

Watch Dogs is an open world action-adventure video game where the player has free-roam over the whole city. Secondary genres include, stealth and third-person.

[edit] Combat

The combat in Watch Dogs fuses the core component of a third-person, cover and shooter game with Stealth and Parkour. Offensively players have a multitude of projectile and melee weapons to choose from, all with a high fatality rate, as reflects real life. The main defensive capabilities in the game stem from the sophisticated hacking mechanic in which players use Aiden Pearce and his smartphone app, dubbed "Profiler", to hack into and control any electric device that is tapped in the ctOS framework that controls the city of Chicago, Illinois. How players use this advantage is up to them, and will sway combat significantly.

Aside from a very few missions that will specifically ask Aiden to kill or attack a target, the choice remains in the players hands as to how they wish to approach a scenario. There are many options available in Watch Dogs ranging from going in guns blazing to stealthily entering an area, taking each person down one by one or simply maneuvering past them causing as little disturbance as possible. The choices players make will have an impact on the world around Aiden. Violent and aggressive actions over stealth will give the population of Chicago a more negative outlook on Aiden as a vigilante, and will be portrayed as such on media throughout the city. With people seeing Aiden in a more negative light, civilians will be more inclined to call the authorities if they see him on the street, and police are more likely to pursue you if they recognize you on the street. Opting for more stealth-orientated, non-lethal decisions and keeping your weapons concealed in public will make Aiden more invisible to people. While difficult, it is possible to complete the game entirely using stealth. The option to be stealthy or aggressive is also apparent in the driving mechanics of the game. A player may choose to "stealth drive" - in which Aiden is able to turn off and park his vehicle to avoid detection and avoid search lights in areas encased in lock down.

[edit] Weaponry

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Watch Dogs will host an entire arsenal of weapons to use, both projectile and melee, which can be used in a pinch or to augment Aiden's hacking capabilities. Weapons in the game and their ammunition will be able to be purchase from shops in Chicago or from a dead person's body.

[edit] Vehicles

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Watch Dogs will boast over 65 different vehicles that can be used to explore and traverse the city. Cars, vans, trucks and heavy vehicles and boats can be utilised, however there are no aircrafts available to pilot in the game. Cars can range from small hatchbacks to powerful sports cars and each customizable.

[edit] Exploration

[edit] Multiplayer

Watch Dogs will feature several different game modes concerning multiplayer which can be played in a variety different ways, be it console to console or console to tablet. Console to Console is very much the same with other multiplayer games in which you can have a minimum of two players and a maximum of eight across the same console series (Playstation 4 and Playstation 4, for example). In each of the game modes the player will see themselves as Aiden Pearce and all other characters on screen as regular NPCs, this gives the sense that the player is the only one Aiden Pearce in the world of Watch Dogs. Console and tablet multiplayer works with one console player on any platform and one player using the free watch dogs multiplayer companion app on a tablet or iOS device.

[edit] Console and Console

  • Invasion Mode: In this mode another player on the same console as the player will enter the game of another seamlessly. The player who invades the game of the other is set with the task of hacking into the Smartphone of the other player who's game they have just invaded and installing a backdoor virus. Once the player has located the other, the hack will begin. As soon as the hack begins the player being hacked will get a notification alerting him to the presence of another hacker trying to gain access to his phone. To make this more difficult, the players will only appear as Aiden Pearce to themselves, to the other player they will appear as a random NPC and look like a typical civilian of Chicago. In order to located the hacker, the person who is being hacked must access the profiles of anyone in their vicinity to try and locate who is trying to infiltrate their phone. The player must locate the hacker before the progress bar reaches 100%. Successfully finding the hacker will result in a mutual winning for either side, but the primary objective of the hacker will not have been accomplished.
  • Decryption Combat Mode: This game mode has a maximum of eight players which are split into two teams with each team fighting to decrypt the computer file before the other. The player that holds the file will be the one to decrypt it, but the process in which it is decrypted is sped up by the team sticking close together. The team that decrypts it 100% wins the game.
  • Race Mode: As the name would suggest, a maximum of 8 players will compete against one another in vehicles from a start point to the finish line. All cars participating in the race will be granted nitro boost.

[edit] Tablet to Console

  • Coop Mode: The console player can call for help with the profiler which will connect the player with the tablet to their game world. The tablet user will be granted a overhead view of the immediate area and can hack almost anything to provide as best support for the console player (Aiden) as possible.
  • Challenge Mode: The tablet player can challenge the console player to a race, in which the console player must reach the start and end points without being totaled by the hacker and police support called upon by the tablet player. If the car is totaled and Aiden dies, the tablet player wins, but if Aiden reaches the finish alive then the console player wins.

[edit] Development

Initially planned to be a driving game, with discussions on another game in the Driver series development for the game began in 2009. The material for the driving game were later scrapped with the project reconfigured to create Watch Dogs. To build the game a new engine was developed called Disrupt, developed at the Ubisoft Montreal studios specifically for the game. This was to fine tune some specific qualities such as complicated physics, emergent systems and modal physical forces (Wind, water, etc) and represent them intricately.

[edit] Marketing

An introduction trailer was released prior to the E3 gameplay. The idea of the video is to provide a background knowledge as to why the ctOS was installed, what the system entails, and the history of what had happened prior to the installation. It mentions Raymond Kenney, a man, who hacked the old system.

The main article for a breakdown of the E3 trailer can be found here.

The first gameplay trailer was shown at E3 2012 which highlighted the main aspect of Aiden Pearce's ability to hack and disrupt electronic systems, for example the disruption of traffic lights and tapping into mobile phones. Furthermore, he can jam communications which allowed him to access the Ambrose Theatre (shown in the trailer). Elsewhere in the trailer, it showed Pearce triggering a 30-car pileup by manipulating traffic-lights to trap and kill his target, Joseph Demarco. The gameplay video also demonstrated other aspects with a downtown shoot out, a fist-fight and tapping into the city’s omnipresent security cameras and ctOS to access anyone’s personal information, such as their health, demographics and probability of violence.

"In Watch Dogs, anything connected to the city’s Central Operating System becomes a weapon. By pushing the boundaries, we can provide players with action and access to information on a scale that’s never been seen in a video game before."
– Jonathan Morin, creative director, Ubisoft.

[edit] Features

[edit] Editions

[edit] Special Edition

[edit] Uplay Digital Deluxe Edition

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[edit] Uplay Exclusive Edition

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[edit] Vigilante Edition

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  • VIGILANTE Collector box
  • Aiden Pearce's iconic cap
  • Aiden Pearce's mask
  • Original soundtrack of the game
  • Additional single mission - Palace Pack

[edit] DedSec Edition

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  • A 23cm Aiden Pearce Figurine
  • SteelbookTM
  • DEDSEC Edition Collector box
  • Watch_Dogs Artbook: artworks and illustrations that inspired the game
  • Original soundtrack of the game
  • Watch_Dogs map of Chicago
  • Set of 4 collectible cards: discover Watch_Dogs iconic characters through augmented reality
  • Set of 3 exclusive badges
  • Three additional missions comprising a total of 60 minutes additional gameplay - Palace Pack, Signature Shot and the Breakthrough Pack

[edit] Watch Dogs Film

Main Article: Watch Dogs (film)

Watch Dogs is a film based off the high anticipated game Watch Dogs developed by Ubisoft and due for release in 2014.

The project was announced on August 20, 2013 at the Sony Gamescom 2013 conference.

Ubisoft partnered up with Sony Entertainment and New Regency to develop the film. Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures has said ""Sony Pictures and New Regency are ideal partners for us, their deep production expertise and willingness to allow us to maintain a strong creative voice in the film means that we're on track to deliver a movie that can build upon the excitement that Watch Dogs already is generating as a game."

[edit] External Links

Official Website

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[edit] Hacking Options

[edit] Trailers

[edit] Introduction Trailer

[edit] Gameplay Video

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