Watch Dogs' lead writer explains the game's unlikable anti-hero

Aiden Pearce is not a good guy. In the opening moments of Watch Dogs, you'll see him do some pretty terrible stuff--all in the name of vengeance. We spoke with lead writer Kevin Shortt and asked him: are you supposed to like the "hero" of the game?

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Aiden Pearce is not a good guy. In the opening moments of Watch Dogs, you'll see him do some pretty terrible stuff--all in the name of vengeance, mind you. But still, he's a rather despicable person. We spoke with lead writer Kevin Shortt and asked him: are you supposed to like the "hero" of the game?

"I don't think you'll like him very much at the top," Shortt admitted. "He's very singularly driven. that's part of his problem, i think that's part of what he's going to have to overcome. He's very focused on mistakes that he's made, which can be more important to him than the people around him."

In a surprising twist (for a game, anyway), your character isn't seeking revenge for his murdered wife or girlfriend. Instead, he aims to protect his sister. He has family, but his inability to have intimate relationships beyond that is a key attribute of his personality. He's "very much a loner," Shortt added.

Although "he's very much an antihero," Shortt hopes that players will eventually get a sense of who he is. He may be "bull-headed," but players will discover that "his morals are in the right place" even if "the methods he uses to get what he wants is questionable."

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    April 28, 2014 8:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Watch Dogs' lead writer explains the game's unlikable anti-hero.

    Aiden Pearce is not a good guy. In the opening moments of Watch Dogs, you'll see him do some pretty terrible stuff--all in the name of vengeance. We spoke with lead writer Kevin Shortt and asked him: are you supposed to like the "hero" of the game?

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      April 28, 2014 8:45 AM

      no matter how much marketing companies try to hype the stereotype, "Likeable douchebag" just does not work for me.

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      April 28, 2014 8:46 AM

      An unlikeable anti-hero! WHAT WILL THE THINK OF NEXT?!?!

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        April 28, 2014 9:09 AM

        An actual hero?

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          April 28, 2014 9:11 AM

          Spoiler Alert: Their unlikeable anti-hero will actually be pretty likable and empathetic.

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            April 28, 2014 9:27 AM

            Not when i'm commanding him to blow up civilians and electrocute garbage men.

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              April 28, 2014 9:31 AM

              Well, those garbage men worked for the mob.

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                April 28, 2014 9:49 AM

                More than likely. I am going to have a cow if an i5-2500k can't have the physics at max in this :(

                SO MANY YEARS SINCE GTA4.

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      April 28, 2014 8:59 AM

      i sorta really want this game, and sorta really do not want this game. I think I will wait for reviews / sale

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      April 28, 2014 9:02 AM

      he's a "loner" whos "morals are in the right place". Pretty much your textbook loveable rogue.

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      April 28, 2014 9:10 AM

      Someday I would love to see a big open world game that had no story revolving around the player character. Just a simulated world in which the player can exercise verbs. Do stuff, see what results.

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        April 28, 2014 9:13 AM

        DayZ. Honestly if/when they get that thing stable is pretty much that.

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        April 28, 2014 9:16 AM

        Yeah, it can get exhausting being the center of the universe.

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          April 28, 2014 9:25 AM

          And the only person skilled and not lazy enough to solve everyone's problems.

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      April 28, 2014 9:18 AM

      well they named him aiden.

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      April 28, 2014 11:34 AM

      http://i.imgur.com/wF5FbJt.jpg?1

      First person driving camera! No mods needed

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      April 29, 2014 6:47 AM

      I am so tired of all the talk of "no-harm playthroughs" in all the latest games, like Dishonored, Hitman, and Lara Croft; I will make Aiden Pearce the frigging "Chesapeake Ripper" in this game, mark my words.

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