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Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs


In what could easily be described as one of the most impressive reveals so far at E3, Ubisoft lifted the curtain on Ubisoft Montreal's next title, called Watch Dogs. Players take on the role of anti-hero Aiden Pearce, as he navigates what appears to be a modern day, open world setting, and uses current technology against his enemies.

Lots of interesting mechanics were shown off in the initial gameplay that was demoed on stage, including a hacking ability that allowed Aiden to disrupt cell phones, listen in on conversations, and infiltrate places of access. And while stealth certainly seems like a big part, Aiden apparently knows how to handle himself in a firefight, as in impressive city street shoot-out ensued.

Not a lot of firm details were released, so no release date, or even platforms, but Watch Dogs is certainly shaping up to be a new IP that's worth keeping an eye on. Check out the full press release, screens, and video below.


Ubisoft Divulges Development of Groundbreaking New IP
“Watch Dogs”

LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft debuted its new, ground-breaking intellectual property, an open-world action-adventure game, Watch Dogs.

Development of Watch Dogs is being led by Ubisoft Montreal, with a team comprised of industry veterans from blockbuster franchises like Assassin’s Creed®, Rainbow 6® and Far Cry™.  Watch Dogs blends cutting-edge technologies and sophisticated game design into a realistic and living open world where players must use any means at their disposal to take down a corrupt system.

In Watch Dogs, players enter the dangerous world of Aiden Pearce, a new class of antihero whose ability to hack into any connected system could be his most powerful weapon.  Whether it’s triggering a 30-car pileup by manipulating traffic-lights to trap an enemy during a downtown shootout or tapping into the city’s omnipresent security cameras to access anyone’s personal information, Pearce is capable of coercing and controlling almost every element of the world around him.

“Watch Dogs goes beyond the limits of today’s open-world games by giving players the ability to control an entire city,” said Jonathan Morin, creative director, Ubisoft.  “In Watch Dogs, anything connected to the city’s Central Operating System becomes a weapon.  By pushing the boundaries, we can provide players with action and access to information on a scale that’s never been seen in a video game before.”

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2011-12 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,061 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.