Watch Dogs Blends “Multiplayer, Online, and Single Player” in Groundbreaking Ways, Releases in 2013

“Watch Dogs is going to revolutionize the way players interact with each other,” said Ubisoft’s Co-Founder and CEO, Yves Guillemot at the publisher’s E3 2012 presser.

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs was certainly one of E3 2012’s standouts, and here’s everything you need to know about it. First and foremost, in case you missed the stunning E3 trailer and gameplay demo, be sure to catch it below:

Here’s the raw gameplay from Aiden Pearce’s perspective. Same as the footage above, except you don’t see Bixxel_44’s involvement at the end.

Did you notice the cube head dude with the QR code flashing in the club?

Well, Side Mission discovered that the code leads to DeMarco’s site, Dot Connexion. Perhaps, this is the first part of an Alternate Reality Game Ubisoft has in the works.

On the game’s official Twitter account, Ubisoft Montreal confirmed that Watch Dogs’ E3 demo was indeed running on PC. The studio also confirmed a 2013 release window for the title. Watch Dogs will launch on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

In terms of whether Watch Dogs will also release on next-gen consoles, creative director Jonathan Morin seemed open to the possibility in a recent Polygon interview. But, of course didn’t confirm or deny if the title is currently slated for next-gen.

“We’re a multiple platform game, but as we grow and push the contents to its limits, if there’s other opportunities that show up, and it improves the experience, then we’ll surely listen very carefully.”

Speaking to VG247, Watch Dogs’ producer Dominic Guay of Ubisoft Montreal revealed that the studio built a new engine just for Watch Dogs in order to achieve the level of detail the team is trying to accomplish.

“If you’re just making the same thing everybody else doing, what’s the point? So to create a new type of experience, designers need new tools and a new engine and we did just that. We have a very strong engineering team and we built the new engine to give the designers new abilities and new things we could do and that’s how we can have so much detail and so much density in our Chicago.”

As you noticed from the Ubisoft’s E3 press conference footage, there was a second character in the game’s world, “Bixxel_44”. The character was controlled by Dominic Guay while Aiden Pearce’s story unfolded. That part had to do with the game’s multiplayer component, and how players interact with one another in Watch Dog’s world.

Guay continued,

Online is the DNA of Watch Dogs. It’s super important to us. Our motto is everything is connected, and connection is power So we couldn’t announce our game and not at least tease online, but it was a tease, I’ll be honest. So, basically, Jonathan Marin was playing Aiden Pearce at the conference, and I was playing another character who hacked into him and had his own objectives, and we crossed paths. Basically two players crossing paths with their own objectives. So, hopefully that gives you an idea of where we’re going with this. We definitely want to blend in multiplayer, online, and single player in ways that haven’t been done before.

What are your thoughts on Watch Dogs? Would you rather play it on PC, current consoles, or next-gen?

  • cillian

    Yes it will release on xbox!
    I don’t really care about the graphics, i’d be happy id it on par with gta V graphics on console, i just wanna start hacking things, god this is going to be so epic!

    • DoYouReallyWant2Know?

      :/ to be honest if this is ported to the ps3 from xbox it will be a crime shame. Thats justa waste of visual art imo.

  • Casavult

    It looked great at E3! I can’t wait until it’s released!

  • TTRedRaider27

    awesome concept, can’t wait

  • I’m so excited for this game! And I’m especially excited to see this Chicago recreation, because I live in Chicago and I’ve yet to see a game that fully models it accurately, and it looks amazing in the demo, I’ve walked down those exact streets shown at E3. And I’m glad to see the emphasis on PC, but honestly I don’t think this is going to release on next-gen consoles because I don’t think next-gen consoles will be out by 2013

    • DaryusP07

      The Wiiu comes out Fall 2012 and the Xbox720 comes out Fall 2013

  • QwietStorm

    If I find out one of you bastards hacked my cell phone it’s gonna get ugly for everyone

  • arendsb

    This looks badass! Been waiting for a multiplayer game that allows for a simultaneous duality of multiplayer & singleplayer. It looks like gamers will be interacting in such a way that you may not know if a person walking down the street is AI or Player controlled. Kinda cool. CAn’t wait for player assassinations and the paranoia. I just hope that the game isn’t so focused on “hacking” that it becomes a pain in the ass.

  • yan

    Getting so tired of devs/pubs forcing multiplayer onto every game that comes out these days. It’s so obvious that it is just a quick way for future dlc cash ins for easy to make maps, skins, weapons etc than investing time and effort into a worthwhile single player storyline addon.

    • DoYouReallyWant2Know?

      When multiplayer is done effectively and uniquely, it is good. You shouldnt bash an idea due to the past failures of those companies. Rockstar is known for its fantastic storylines in the gta series and the recent max payne. They both had good multiplayer ideas which were great at the time. Besides i dont think we have enough knowledge about the game’s design to say mp is being forced. But who knows i dobt read these articles lol. Have fun

  • Oliver Cooksey

    Looks like a great game! Even if there was a new consol released next year there would be no doubt that it would be released on the older, current gen ones. If a new one was to be released I would upgrade to it though 😀

  • I saw the vid already. It looks like an interesting game. Definitely something new and innovative. The online element sounds interesting. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end up like how Brink was supposed to blend sp and mp together, but all that really meant was that sp was just mp with cpu enemies that others could join. So basically no actual sp.

  • DoYouReallyWant2Know?

    Now this is a game. Not just some brand on a plastic cover with a silly disc filled with silliness. Are you seeing where im going here? Raging, lag, imbalance…

  • theo

    im pissed off cus the game did’nt come out and they only show the demo more gameplay like a full mission!!! i also think that u should put out a video that shows the multiplayer gameplay.but i also want gta5 cause its better.

  • DaryusP07

    Playing Watch Dogs on the WiiU with the Upad is going to be EPIC!

  • DaryusP07

    Ubisoft is the best!

  • DaryusP07

    I thought ZombiU was going to be my new favorite game, but after seeing Watch Dog’s, I don’t know. I just don’t know!

  • theuniquelollipop

    Well it doesnt matter with PS3 and PS4 since the graphics will be the same on all consoles so id just buy it for the console I feel like playing my games on and frankly it would be unneccesery to buy a PS4 nd ps4 version of this since the graphics and content will be the same.

  • JQ

    I love how games are changing in a one guy experience into something that functions as a second world were players could see each other in the crowd of this world.