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E3 2012: Ubisoft Unveils Watch Dogs, Hacks Its Way Into My Heart


Ubisoft took the stage at E3 earlier today and while they had much to show off in the way of sequels for their established franchises, what really stole the show was the grand finale; the announcement of a new, original IP entitled "Watch Dogs." This open world adventure game is set in the near future where all computers and electronics, from the cellphone in your pocket to an entire city transit system, are linked together by one massive computer system. You play a man who is adept at hacking his way through this system to achieve his objectives. As for what those objectives entail, we will have to wait and see, but what is immediately clear is that this game will surely be something to keep your eye on.

As shown in the demo, hacking is sure to be a staple of the game play experience in Watch Dogs. In the demo, the hacking ability is used to accomplish a myriad of tasks, from identifying targets, to hacking the city's infrastructure, like traffic lights and drawbridges. Couple that with contextual animations and cover-based shooting and Watch Dogs looks like it could be one hell of a ride! As a fan of Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed series, and classic cyber-punk games like Deus Ex, I'm very excited to see how Watch Dogs turns out. While there is still no word on a release date, you can probably expect to wait until at least Q3 of 2013. But on a lighter note, Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs will be released on XB360, PS3, and PC.

On a side not, there also appears to be a viral website for Dot Connexion, the club seen in the trailer. It can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the waiter's when Aiden first enters the club. Or you can just click this link.


  • TheOttomatic91 7 years, 6 months ago

    Was very impressed with what the trailer. My only beef is that despite how amazing this game looks it seems each section will be a scripted linear sequence until it jumps to the next. Whilst it will start off awesome it may get too repetitive towards the end.

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  • G_money 7 years, 6 months ago

    Definitely a show stealer this year.

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  • Minyme 7 years, 6 months ago

    There's no way this is this gen.... right? The amount of smooth and realistic animations, along with very advanced AI doesn't make it seem that way.

    If you had showed me this trailer and been like "This is a next gen game" I would have been pumped for the new system. That just shows how great the trailer is at least.

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    • darkraynerules 7 years, 6 months ago

      Yeah I was wondering if it might hop onto next gen last minute. You know get everyone wanting it then push it to next gen in hopes of getting people to make the switch. God I hope that doesn't happen. I really don't have the money for next gen, it's all being used up on games. Sigh. Or maybe it's target footage? Or maybe it's got all the sliders impossibly maxed, meaning it probably won't look nearly as nice in the flesh. That or maybe Ubisoft have done an original Assassin's Creed & made an engine that looks awesomely good (until it gets outdated). Who knows. I'm excited. It makes me wonder though if Assassin's Creed is going to go the way of Prince of Persia for this new IP though. God I'd love me some fresh new Prince of Persia. When it was good it was bloody awesome.

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      • Nick Henderson 7 years, 6 months ago

        The game has been confirmed for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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  • lemith 7 years, 6 months ago

    Reminds me of what I wanted syndicate to be!

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  • kd_battletoad 7 years, 6 months ago

    Finally something refreshing, not another sequel or prequel of an already known franchise. Can't wait to see more of this game!

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  • Yodaral 7 years, 6 months ago

    This has me highly interested. I'm hoping that there is more of a focus on city interaction rather than shooty boom boom action sequences. One thing I've loved doing since the days of N64, is dicking around within the game world, observing AI and environment reactions. If they put enough emphasis on hacking a high tech world, and that world's reaction to the character's disruption, dozens of hours could be wasted on simply teasing the game AI. It looks great and I'm a sucker for sexy cloth physics. The demo was playing on a pc, so who knows what the console versions will sacrifice. Thankfully I'm primarily a pc gamer.

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  • jon2435 7 years, 6 months ago

    Oh man, Watch Dogs looks great. So far out though it's hard to get to hyped. I could throw some comparisons, but really that's a 'best of show' game. I would love to see that put on the WiiU.

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  • robotmolester 7 years, 6 months ago

    The scene with the asian guy was the best thing IMO. It felt like watching real actors.

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  • SirChinDestroy 7 years, 5 months ago

    This game is going to be ridiculously expensive for me. Not because it'll cost $60, but because I'll have to upgrade my computer.

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