According to their figures the game is the "most pre-ordered new IP in Ubisoft’s history and the most pre-ordered new IP in the entire industry this year". Impressive.
Watch_Dogs is also the second-highest pre-ordered Ubisoft title as well.
Check out the announcement below with more details.
Today, Ubisoft shared impressive pre-order figures for Watch Dogs, which is now the most pre-ordered new IP in Ubisoft’s history and the most pre-ordered new IP in the entire industry this year. Watch Dogs is also the second- highest pre-ordered Ubisoft game ever*. Watch Dogs will be available on May 27 for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC, as well as its release on Wii U system at a later date.
“These strong pre-orders are a clear indication of players’ anticipation and excitement for Watch Dogs,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. “The teams have worked tirelessly to ensure that players will enjoy a top quality game with enormous scope, and we can’t wait to get the game into their hands.”
“There is massive buzz in all of our stores around Watch Dogs,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising at GameStop. “Based on the current level of customer pre-orders we have received, Watch Dogs is the highest pre-ordered next-gen title to date and most pre-ordered new IP of the year”**
The development of Watch Dogs has been led by Ubisoft Montreal, in collaboration with teams at Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Quebec and Reflections, a Ubisoft studio.
In Watch Dogs players will assume the role Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt his family, players will be able to monitor and hack their enemies by manipulating everything connected to the city’s Central Operating System (ctOS). ctOS controls almost every piece of the city’s technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents. Players will access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate targets, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop enemies, and more. Watch Dogs lets the player use Chicago as their ultimate weapon and exact their own style of revenge.
Customers still have time to purchase the Watch Dogs Season Pass, giving players access to a unique single-player story featuring T-Bone, the brilliant but eccentric hacker; a new Digital Trip game mode, Conspiracy!; an exclusive Untouchables Pack; plus new missions, weapons, outfits and more. At $19.99, the Season Pass will be available on PlayStation 4 system, PlayStation 3 system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
For PlayStation owners, Watch Dogs offers additional exclusive content featuring four extra missions representing one extra hour of exclusive gameplay. A unique White Hat Hacker outfit will be unlocked upon completion of these missions, as well as bonus tech points, providing new in-depth knowledge about an important faction in the Watch Dogs universe. This content will be unlockable at launch via code.
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*Based on Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs worldwide pre-order sales data for all platforms as of May 15, 2014 and internal sales data for all previous Ubisoft titles
**Based on Gamestop pre-order sales data for Watch Dogs worldwide for all platforms as of May 15, 2014
All it takes is the swipe of a finger. We connect with friends. We buy the latest gadgets and gear. We find out what’s happening in the world. But with that same simple swipe, we cast an increasingly expansive shadow. With each connection, we leave a digital trail that tracks our every move and milestone, our every like and dislike. And it’s not just people. Today, all major cities are networked. Urban infrastructures are monitored and controlled by complex operating systems.
In Watch_Dogs, this system is called the Central Operating System (ctOS) and it controls almost every piece of the city’s technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents.
You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you'll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy, and more.
Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge.
Hack the City
Control the city’s infrastructure, in real time, with Aiden's cell phone. Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights. Stop a train, and then board it to evade the authorities. Narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge. Anything connected to the city’s ctOS can become your weapon.
Seamless Multiplayer Experience
Discover a new level of interaction, cooperation and confrontation between players thanks to a brand new multiplayer game system that links the single and multiplayer modes into one seamless experience. That means no menus, no loading screens, just instant open world multiplayer action.
Stay Connected with a New Way to Play
Go beyond the console with a ground-breaking, real-time, companion game. This innovative mobile platform allows players to connect and compete with friends, even when away from the home console. The Watch_Dogs companion game delivers revolutionary dual-screen gameplay that enables you to play from anywhere, at any time.
Create your own way to attack. Take down enemies by delivering devastating blows with your baton, or use combination of shooting and hacking to gain advantage in a situation. Overall, you will have access to more than 30 weapons that rival any shooter.
Get behind the wheel of more than 65 vehicles bursting with horsepower to explore the massive city while completing missions. Ubisoft Montreal partnered with Ubisoft Reflections, the acclaimed studio behind the award-winning Driver series to develop each vehicle with state-of-art physics and handling.
Everything is Under Control
Experience the advanced processing and graphics capabilities of Disrupt, the all-new game engine dedicated to Watch_Dogs. The engine delivers stunning visuals and an incredibly realistic experience. Disrupt gives you the power to affect the story, the city and the life of the population with your choices, creating a ripple effect throughout the city.
Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target.