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Dymez_510
01-06-2013, 11:32 PM
Ubisoft looks at new ways to play with Watch Dogs, like a mobile component for asymmetric multiplayer
Lydia Sung - Friday, January 4, 2013 12:06pm (PST)


Ubisoft revealed their new IP Watch Dogs just last summer at E3, and while we haven't really heard much since then, community interest sits rather high. And why not? We're hitting the end of a generation, when games as a whole feel less about innovation than they do milking (as in money).

In truth, Ubisoft Montreal isn't ready to drop any major details regarding the upcoming action title, but there were a couple things they didn't get to show at E3.

For one, we do get an idea that Watch Dogs follows an open, sandbox-esque concept, where players are afforded freedoms in determining the outcome of in-game situations. What Ubi Montreal couldn't properly portray during the demo was just how much freedom you could have in this futuristic rendition of Chicago. In the scenario of taking out a target named "Demarco," the demo showed a complex approach where protagonist Aidan Pierce disrupts a mobile network to force Demarco from his sanctuary. Then he eavesdrops on an employee to figure out where the target is headed, stops his commute with a traffic accident, and proceeds to instigate a messy shootout and escape.

Thing is, this was only one of many ways the whole situation could've played out, as producer Dominic Guay points out. Apparently, the developers came up with hundreds of alternate paths. Guay says:

"One of the team's big frustrations with the E3 demo is that we can only show one path. The fact of the matter is we could have eliminated Demarco in hundreds of other ways. We know he is coming so we could have waited where he might have parked and hit him there. You saw we can also open up drawbridges on the Chicago River so maybe we could have used those instead.

"We showed the traffic hack as it's seemingly a really small action but what it creates is so powerful. It's a perfect example of how when you have power over the networks you have huge power over the city."

What Ubi also completely left out of the E3 reveal was the development of a companion tablet app, one that aims to further Watch Dog's gameplay. Rather than be restricted to functions like checking stats, Ubisoft Montreal wants the app to be a real, core part of the whole experience. The app would, of course, support your usual social features, but will also host asymmetric real-time multiplayer -- assuming the whole thing pans out. Basically, one player would be able to play a mission on the TV, while another player interacts with the first using the tablet app, gaining enough control of the in-game environment through a 3D map to hinder that person's progress.

Guay explains:

"The core of it is that we want to keep the same fantasy: control the city from the palm of your hand. A lot of games have already done the mobile thing, but only as a way to access game stats. For us, that's not enough.

"If you get on the bus we want you to be able to continue growing your control over the city and getting benefits from that in the game. We also want you to be able to go into the living room and play with other people who are playing on the TV. That's core for us.

"And it's also a way of connecting with other players. There are going to be a lot of consequences to growing your ability to connect with other players."

The hypothetical app would also allow you to create your own side missions, offering infinitely more complex ways of interacting with the game itself. And the game's missions -- these subplots -- are all worked out by actual writers, not some generator.

Right now, the team is working around the clock to get Watch Dogs out next year, in time to stay on current gen consoles. Folks who've worked on other Ubisoft properties like Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell are part of the endeavor, making this new Ubi IP one huge project.

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iLL271
01-07-2013, 01:50 AM
so basically its like Hitman with an open world....but im skeptical as to HOW OPEN this world actually is. im thinking it might be more Open Section like Dishonored and Hitman Blood Money....which i wouldnt mind at all.

TreFacTor
01-08-2013, 12:07 AM
Firstly, reading this I'm now certain that we will not see this on a current console.

Secondly, Chicago being the setting means that it's a small pseudo open map ala AC Brotherhood. (being on a next gen console this part is the most disappointing)

Thirdly, I hate the Bandwagon approach by adding tablet apps for extra interactivity...who in all hell thought this was a good idea? Look Ubi, we don't want companion apps! We want console gaming...your making a video game for a console, for console gamers! WE DON'T ALL OWN IPHONES AND IPADS!. Stop wasting resources on this fluff and reroute those resources into making WatchDogs the best new IP of 2014.

The more I hear about this game (monetization/microtransaction, pseudo open environment, companion app) the more I'm starting to lose faith that it will be a great game. I can see it now, game releases there are some really bad bugs, "We didn't have time to iron this or that out because we needed those Q&A hours for an app that only 2% of our core audience can even use...we'll do better next time!"

How many people used the animus game on facebook in conjunction with the console game? How did the numbers of the facebook game compare to the actual number of AC games sold? It boggles my mind whenever I see resources for a stupid addition that takes away time from another area of a game. It happens all the time.... will we see Kinect enabled vociemail for WatchDogs too? Yeah $7 million Kinects were sold, but there are over 70 million core gamers your ignoring when you add something "special" like a companion app or facebook tie in game. We're gamers....remember what that used to be like? A console, tube, controller and a great game to get lost in...REMEMBER that!

TownCryer8
02-21-2013, 04:09 PM
I am really skeptical about the game now that i hear it's gonna run on current gen consoles now. The memory limitations are really gonna affect it's capabilities and unless the PC version takes advantage of PC hardware i doubt this game is gonna look (play) as good as it seems on video now.

Hurricane43
02-21-2013, 07:41 PM
The game looks amazing. Day one PS4. The city is much alive and the greatest looking open world ever done. The city will be big enough with trains, it was also stated that all cars are driveable.

Twitter.com/sleepingdogs1 I will be also helping get the word out on this amazing game. The gamers win.

VaasCARV3R
02-22-2013, 03:58 PM
I have saw the new gameplay trailer and I can say that the game looks a-freaking-mazingly good!

Let's hope that it'll be really open world, not a game where you can do only few things. In one way - to be close to the features that more of the open-world games have. Like GTA for example, where you can do almost everything.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to it.

Hurricane43
02-22-2013, 04:41 PM
Parkour, inside stores, hacking anything, following people as they go about there day, the three people just staning on the corner is amazing in itself. Usually you have solos only walking around, people inside a train, it seems this is true OPEN world interactivity. Endless possibilities.

benosborne81
02-23-2013, 01:21 PM
Oh wow we can create our own side missions man that is hot! lol :)