E3 2012: Ubisoft Reveals New IP: Watch Dogs
Yesterday at E3, Ubisoft introduced its new IP, an open-world action-adventure game, Watch Dogs. Under the guidance of Ubisoft Montreal, Watch Dogs promises to be properly groomed to be the next ‘best’ adventure from a veteran cast of developers. With hits like Assassins Creed, Rainbow 6 and Far Cry under their belts, Watch Dogs has real promise.
In Watch Dogs, players enter the dangerous world of Aiden Pearce, a new class of anti-hero whose ability to hack into any connected system could be his most powerful weapon. Whether its triggering a 30-car pileup by manipulating traffic-lights to trap an enemy during a downtown shootout or tapping into the citys omnipresent security cameras to access anyones personal information, Pearce is capable of coercing and controlling almost every element of the world around him.
According to Jonathan Morin, creative director, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs will go beyond the limits of todays open-world games by giving players the ability to control an entire city. In Watch Dogs, anything connected to the citys Central Operating System becomes a weapon. This makes for an interesting comparison. The way Watch Dogs has already begun to be marketed reminds me of a version of Sim-City with elements of Cyberpunk and GTA. Crazy.