Watch Dogs

PS3, XB360, PC, PS4, WIIU, XBOX ONE / Action / Release: Nov 19, 2013 / ESRB: RP-M+

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Watch Dogs delayed to spring 2014, The Crew pushed back

Watch Dogs delayed to spring 2014, The Crew pushed back

Watch Dogs claimed November 19 for its release date way back in April, but the team at Ubisoft has decided to push it back. The developers announced a delay until spring of 2014 today, to "deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming."

Read more: 'We will not compromise on quality' »

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Watch Dogs for Wii U 'in between' current and next gen

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Watch Dogs for Wii U 'in between' current and next gen

Wii U is quite the odd system. Is it the last of the current-gen consoles? Is it the first of the next-gen consoles? Spec-wise, it can oftentimes seem as though Wii U isn't any beefier than a PS3 or Xbox 360.

According to Ubisoft, the Wii U version of Watch Dogs will be better than the current-gen counterparts, although won't be able to match the fidelity of the PS4 or Xbox One version, of course. "I would say the Wii U version is pretty much in between what the current gen is and what the next gen is from a version standpoint," Ubisoft Montreal creative director Jonathan Morin said.

Read more: Only version outsourced, however »

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Watch Dogs has 'very few' missions with required kills

Watch Dogs has 'very few' missions with required kills

Watch Dogs looks to be a mix of some of Ubisoft's more popular series, including Splinter Cell. It's taking that piece of its identity seriously, letting you make your way through the vast majority of the game without racking up a body count.

Read more: "About 95 percent of missions you can completely stealth through" »

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Watch Dogs requires install on Xbox 360 (just like GTA5)

Watch Dogs requires install on Xbox 360 (just like GTA5)

Just like Grand Theft Auto 5, Xbox 360 owners will have to make sure they have some free hard drive space. Ubisoft's take on Chicago in Watch Dogs will also come on two discs on Microsoft's console--and will require the same installation as Rockstar's game.

Read more: 'The same thing as GTA' »

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PS4 will recognize PS3 game discs for cross-gen upgrades

PS4 will recognize PS3 game discs for cross-gen upgrades

To ease the transition from this gen to the next, PlayStation 4 will let you upgrade select PS3 games to PS4 versions for a fee. Sony has outlined exactly how that will work, and apparently it means the PS4 can recognize PlayStation 3 discs to some extent.

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Watch Dogs allows tablet vs console play over 3G connection

Watch Dogs allows tablet vs console play over 3G connection

One of the nifty things you can do in Watch Dogs is set up a multiplayer match between someone playing the main game on the console, and someone using the game's companion app on a phone or tablet. Even more impressive: you don't even need to be on the same network for the functionality to work. In fact, you can compete over a 3G connection on the go.

At PAX Prime, Ubisoft showed off how the multiplayer battles work. On the tablet, you can issue challenges to players playing at home. If they accept, they will have to pass through four checkpoints within a time limit.

Read more: Using ctOS to stop opponents »

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Watch Dogs open world video is Ubisoft potpourri

Watch Dogs open world video is Ubisoft potpourri

Ubisoft acknowledges a certain amount of crossover in its games, and Watch Dogs seems like a prime example. A lengthy new walkthrough of its open world gameplay shows various bits and pieces from games like Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed.

Watch: 15 minutes of open-world play »

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PS4 receiving exclusive content from 20 third-party publishers and developers

PS4 receiving exclusive content from 20 third-party publishers and developers

The PS4 won't be short on exclusive third-party content following its launch. This year's GameStop Expo revealed that 20 third-party publishers and developers are partnering up with Sony to deliver exclusives for the new console. Some of what you can expect is Bungie offering content for Destiny, Ubisoft delivering content for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, and Bethesda offering the exclusive Elder Scrolls Online beta.

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Sony and Ubisoft partner for Watch Dogs movie

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Sony and Ubisoft partner for Watch Dogs movie

Today at Sony's Gamescom briefing, Ubisoft's Yves Guillemont took the stage to announce a movie based on Watch Dogs. Ubisoft will be partnering with Sony for the project, having recently pushed into movie production.

Read more: A blockbuster movie »

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Watch Dogs video shows off lots of running away from the police

Watch Dogs video shows off lots of running away from the police

When I last saw Watch Dogs, I called it "Ubisoft's take on Grand Theft Auto, with a magical hacking twist." A new gameplay video from Ubisoft does a good job showing why I thought that.

You'll see that a lot of time is spent running away from the police, as your vigilante ways make The Man rather uncomfortable. You'll be able to "hack" the city, which results in rather conveniently-placed power surges and water main breaks--making it really seem like magic at the end of the day.

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And here's Aisha Tyler in Watch Dogs

And here's Aisha Tyler in Watch Dogs

Aisha Tyler, aka Lana from Archer, will have a small role in Ubisoft's upcoming open-world game, Watch Dogs. Apparently, repeatedly hosting Ubisoft's press conferences has landed her a gig not only as de facto spokesperson for the game--but a minor cameo role as well.

Watch: Her tiny, tiny cameo gets a trailer »

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Ubisoft explains why so many of their games are open-world

Ubisoft explains why so many of their games are open-world

Ubisoft has been betting big on open world games, and that's no coincidence. From Assassin's Creed to Watch Dogs to Far Cry, the publisher is quite keen on making sandboxes for gamers to play in.

Julian Gerighty, creative director behind Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew places the blame on the "editorial department" of the French publisher. The goal of editorial is to help shape games in the conceptual stages, and they've been especially vocal about open world.

Read more: Making 'living worlds' »

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Watch Dogs Limited Edition includes a face mask for... cosplay

Watch Dogs Limited Edition includes a face mask for... cosplay

Ubisoft loves making special editions of its games, and their upcoming open-world hacking title is no different. The Watch Dogs Limited Edition will include a collectible SteelBook Case, the official soundtrack, an 80-page hardcover art book, a 9" Aiden statue, and Aiden Pearce's mask. The last bit will be helpful when you go cosplaying... in a bank, perhaps.

Read more: Not coming to Wii U »

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Watch Dogs 'too expensive' to be a one-off

Watch Dogs 'too expensive' to be a one-off

Of course Watch Dogs is going to be a franchise. It is from the company that has successfully annualized the Assassin's Creed franchise, after all.

"That's what all our games are about; we won't even start if we don't think we can build a franchise out of it. There's no more fire and forget--it's too expensive," Ubisoft director of marketing Tony Key said. "We feel like we're in a really good place with Watch Dogs, but until we're the biggest game of the year we're not going to be satisfied."

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Why Watch Dogs is set in Chicago

Why Watch Dogs is set in Chicago

Watch Dogs, the open world hacking-action game, is set in the real-world city of Chicago.

In a lengthy blog post, various Watch Dogs leads share their reasoning. Ubisoft says the primary reason was that Chicago is one of the most surveilled cities in America. That tone, paired with its history of crime, corruption, and crises like the Great Fire, made it a good fit. Ubisoft says it's also a very tech-forward city, which was necessary for their near-future science-fiction setting.

Read more: History, technology, and the undercity »

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