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Recent Articles: Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs will be available on November 19 for the PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 with a PS4 version scheduled for release at the system’s launch. The game is also coming to the Xbox 720/Durango, but Ubisoft continues to stubbornly refer to it as “other next generation consoles” in their press releases. Clearly, you have plenty of options to purchase Watch Dogs this Fall.
To complicate your choice a little bit more, Ubisoft announced a pair of retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses for Watch Dogs today:
GameStop – Palace Pack: The Palace Pack includes a single player mission, an investigation bonus, and ATM hack boost. The investigation bonus will unlock exclusive investigation opportunities inside of the network and the ATM hack boost will increase cash rewards when hacking into bank accounts. In addition to the single player Palace Pack mission, players who pre-order the game will receive an exclusive poster designed by famed comic-book artist, Alex Ross – while supplies last.
Amazon.com – Signature Shot Pack: The Signature Shot Pack comes with an exclusive single player mission that once completed, unlocks both a unique Biometric Assault Rifle and the Black Viceroy’s Outfit. The biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for the captain of the Black Viceroy’s gang. The weapon only works for the first person to imprint their palm on the handle. Players will need to breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to imprint the weapon and get out of The Wards alive.
Watch Dogs Senior Producer Dominic Guay and Creative Director Jonathan Morin are the stars of the first episode of “Conversations With Creators,” a new PlayStation Blog feature that will delve into the inner workings of developers working with the PS4.
Guay praised the system’s power over and over again. He also strongly hinted that the best version of Watch Dogs would be on the PS4, saying it allows them to add in “More details [and] more immersion” while also “[increasing] the density of things.” But don’t expect anything too different On the PS4 as Guay also said, “It’s the same game experience, but basically magnified on the PlayStation 4.”
Guay also mentioned, once again, that Watch Dogs will include some kind of app-based multiplayer. It’s unknown if this feature is exclusive to the PS4, but the idea is that players will be able to enter the “game world” of another player from their smartphone or tablet and do… something. It’s still very vague, but it sounds interesting, right?
The secret is out… Ubisoft has announced that Watch Dogs will be released on November 19. On that date, the game will be available for the PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360. A PS4 version is in the works and will be released at the next-generation console’s launch. Finally, Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs is also coming to “other next generation consoles,” which can only refer to an Xbox 720/Durango version of the game.
Unless Nintendo has got a secret next-next-generation console in the works.
Ubisoft is also putting your spy skills to the test with the latest Watch Dogs trailer, which is posted above. Somewhere in that cinematic thrill ride is supposed to be some new “gameplay” footage. Can you find it? Because I can’t.
Ubisoft didn’t have Watch Dogs playable on the show floor at PAX East, but the game still had an enormous presence. The publisher showed a special behind-closed-doors presentation of the game, which included a special Watch Dogs lanyard as a giveaway (and if you were wearing it on the show floor, you may have gotten a surprise visit from a Frag Doll with a free t-shirt). I would have much preferred being able to play the game myself, but what I saw on the screen was a somewhat impressive, if disappointingly short, display of the capabilities of main character Aiden Pearce. (more…)
We don’t have the PAX pox, but what if the entire convention center was put under quarantine because of some mystery illness? What would you do? What would you see? We’d endure the PAXpocalypse by spending all of our time with the 13 games (nine playable, three developer-guided demos, and one board game) below. Though it would have to be after pushing the hordes of undead off our doorstep. Because any pox affecting PAXgoers would almost certainly have to lead to a zombie uprising. (more…)
Ubisoft has announced their 2013 PAX East lineup and it’ll include all of their “heavy hitters” set for release later this year including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Watch Dogs. Sadly, all three will only be available as guided demos/videos controlled by Ubisoft staff. But you will receive an inflatable cutlass if you watch the Black Flag presentation.
If you’re looking for games to play, Ubisoft will have those available on the show floor as well. You can check out the list of playable demos right here:
- ShootMania Storm (PC)
- Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness (PC)
- Might & Magic: Duel of Champions Online (PC, iOS)
- Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PSN, XBLA)
- Spartacus Legends (PSN, XBLA)
PAX East 2013 is being held from March 22nd through the 24th at the Boston Convention Center. Hit the jump for a few more details on Ubisoft’s “heavy hitters” lineup. (more…)
Well, not quite every platform, but it will be one of Ubisoft’s most widely released titles to date. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot was at the New York launch event for Sony’s new console, the PlayStation 4. There, he was singing the console’s praises, and revealed that Watch Dogs will be available during the system’s launch this holiday season.
“Ubisoft has a strong history of supporting new technologies with unique and creative offerings. The power and capability of the PS4 allows the Watch Dogs team to further push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in interactive entertainment.”
Bold words, but Ubisoft are not hedging their bets on Sony’s new box alone. With the company showing the same strategy that has lead it to become one of the most successful developers during the current generation, the futuristic open world third-person thriller will also be released on the console’s predecessor, the PS3, as well as the Xbox 360, PC, and the Wii U. There has been no word on if Watch Dogs is a timed exclusive for Sony’s next-generation system, but given the recent debacle surrounding the delay of Rayman Legends so it could also be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, it would be reasonable to assume that Watch Dogs will hit all consoles simultaneously.
And while it has not been mentioned thus far, we can only assume this wide umbrella will also ensnare Microsoft’s Xbox 720, whenever it is announced.
A trio of quick third-party announcements from Sony’s Meeting 2013:
Shinji Hashimoto, the Final Fantasy Brand Director at Square Enix, revealed that a new Final Fantasy title for the PS4 will be unveiled at E3 this year.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that the toast of E3 2012, Watch Dogs, will be available for the PlayStation 4.
Chris Metzen of Blizzard has announced that the developer and Sony have agreed to a “strategic partnership through which we will take over the world.” But in reality, it’s Diablo III for the PlayStation 4… and the PlayStation 3. Metzen promises four-player couch co-op and a public debut for the console version of Diablo III soon.