After five years in development, Ubisoft launched the open-world action-adventure game “Watch Dogs" for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
The title, which is told from a third-person perspective, was in development since 2009 and will utilize Disrupt, a new game engine built specifically for the game.
Senior producer Dominic Guay discussed the Disrupt engine on the Ubisoft blog last July.
“In our city we simulate the way people drive cars," Guay wrote. "The electricity is simulated. The water is simulated. The wind is simulated. Everything reacts to everything. Making all those systems talk to one another is where you get branching reactions.
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"Take the rain, for example," the blog post continued. "When the sky starts to open up, civilians will pull out umbrellas. The lights reflect off wet surfaces. We can see the wind shifting the direction of the rain and blowing debris around. Even leaves and trash on the ground will begin to appear damp and weighted down by moisture. These small but significant details lend an unparalleled level of immersion to 'Watch Dogs.'"
“Watch Dogs” was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft (EPA:UBI). The single-player story takes place in Chicago and follows Aiden Pearce, a hacker seeking revenge for the wrongful death of his niece. Pearce is a vigilante who can hack into various electronic devices connected to the city’s central operating system, which allows the player to complete a number of goals and objectives. Players electronically break into objects using Pearce’s smartphone, which is equipped with several applications designed for this purpose.
Ubisoft also created an online multiplayer mode for the title, allowing up to eight players to participate in cooperative and competitive gameplay in a re-creation of the single-player setting.
“Watch Dogs” is already receiving positive reviews and earning high ratings. The title received an average review score of 82/100, 81/100 and 77/100 for the PS4, PC and Xbox One. The game has received more than 82 awards and nominations for its display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 and was nominated as the game to watch at the 30th Golden Joystick Awards. Last year, the game received more than 90 awards and nominations at E3 and was nominated for Most Anticipated Game at SpikeTV’s VGX Awards.