Watch Dogs has hacking, gunplay in an open-world Chicago

The folks at Ubisoft Montreal are working on a new game, and it’s not yet another Assassin’s Creed sequel. Rather, Watch Dogs is based on fresh IP and features hacking, sleuthing, and good old fashioned gunplay in an open-world rendition of Chicago, some time in the not-too-distant future. According to the official announcement, the game’s main character, Aiden Pearce, can "hack into any connected system" and turn it into a weapon. The first gameplay trailer looks rather impressive, too.

(A word of warning: the trailer contains some adult language, so be careful if you’re watching it at work—or with kids in the room.)

I’m getting kind of a Deus Ex meets Assassin’s Creed vibe, with a sprinkling of Grand Theft Auto. All in all, not bad. Ubisoft says the game is actually being developed by veterans of the Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow 6, and Far Cry series.

Ubisoft’s announcement doesn’t mention platforms or a release date, but Shacknews points out that the company’s press site has the game listed as a cross-platform title for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The site suspects Watch Dogs might show up on next-generation consoles, as well.

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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    Ubisoft as a company had a very good/bad showing. The new assassins creed looked stunning, then this looked amazing. Farcry3… ok, splinter cell looked like a cash grab. E3 so far interesting but also something of a let down. Beyond this title I’m not getting wowed like I have been in the past.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 7 years ago

    Looks pretty good, actually. Hard to tell what was scripted and what was actually the player, so we’ll see.

      • faramir
      • 7 years ago

      Indeed looks great ! This is Ubisoft though so fuck them and their greed and their dumbass DRM, they are not getting a single cent fom me anymore. That boat has sailed and it isn’t coming back – vote with your wallet !!!

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    It’s always the quiet man in the trench coat…

    But seriously, this looks really cool. Graphics wise, and game wise.

    • danny e.
    • 7 years ago

    am I the only one who cant stand third person view?
    I don’t want to control the character in the game, I want to be in the game.

      • PenGun
      • 7 years ago

      Me too. I tossed Alan Wake for being third person. I tried … I hate em’ all.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      Depends on the game. Wouldn’t want to play Mario or Baldur’s Gate in 1st person.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        Yup. Mass Effect works well too as a third-person shooter (hybrid). Just depends on the game.

          • PenGun
          • 7 years ago

          I tried to play the demo. I think I had control about half the time. WTF is the attraction?

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        Good post. Your perspective on a game is a mechanic. Third person has its strengths and weaknesses, but where it’s implemented makes all the difference.

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    Looks fantastic.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    this game looks awesome. i don’t mind ubisoft, so i’ll look at getting this game! love some openworld fun multiplayer though. hopefully, it’s there.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    OMG, this could destroy my life… I like it!

    • cfroese
    • 7 years ago

    Looks interesting. In fact, it looks like the kind of game I like to play. Too bad it’s Ubisoft.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      Keep an eye out for drm, and if it’s minimal I’ll bite.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 7 years ago

    I’d like a good [i<]Ghost in the Shell[/i<] game.

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      +1!

        • WarriorProphet
        • 7 years ago

        I thought what I’d do was I would act like one of those deaf mutes.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 7 years ago

      The original manga, and film are some of the most understated sci fi material ever created. Oni was something of a ghost in the shell game… sorta.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Button. Awesome. Button. Awesome. Then some GTA…

    Right… 2012… Gaming progressing wonderfully….

    Though people having played this game certainly won’t post that they are HIV positive on their bookface accounts…

      • d0g_p00p
      • 7 years ago

      DNA and blood submission will be a requirement for future “social networking” sites. This is the police state of America after all the land of the free.

        • brute
        • 7 years ago

        You know that blood contains DNA, right?

          • brucethemoose
          • 7 years ago

          Would that stop a police state from requiring both anyway?

            • brute
            • 7 years ago

            Because it’s as unnecessary as a stapler is to a lumberjack?

            • UberGerbil
            • 7 years ago

            What do lumberjacks use to attach the credit card receipt to your tree-clearing bill, a chainsaw?

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            Clearly they use stakes.

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