Hacking Is The Name Of The Game In Ubisoft’s “Watch Dogs”

By Ishaan . June 4, 2012 . 4:27pm

Ubisoft announced a brand new game at E3 this week, titled Watch Dogs. This is an open-world title that allows the player to hack into all sorts of electronic objects, and takes place in a world where a reliance on computers has made this possible. You can watch an announcement trailer and play footage from the game below:



Watch Dogs is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal. We’ll have further details on the game as they are made available.

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  • Xapth

    Ubisoft’s conference was probably the best so far,

    and this title looks freaking amazing! 

    I didn’t see this one coming, but I’m really looking forward to learning more about this new IP. Stop blowing me away, Ubisoft!

    • Testsubject909

      It’s probably for the best that my feed died temporarily and made me skip the whole beginning of the show.

  • DanteJones

    Slick visuals, interesting gameplay mechanics, and what looks like could have multiple routes to complete a mission. Definitely keeping tabs on this one!

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Great to see a new IP. The concept video was pretty compelling, hopefully its in the actual final game. Otherwise cool slick gadgetry and changing character perspectives reminds me of Heavy Rain. 

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    this game looks great, im really happy with what ubisoft showed.

  • Rohan Viajar

    hmm.. interesting concept

  • Altritter

    I was REALLY impressed by this. New IP, great looking game mechanics, and I love cyberpunk. Ubisoft’s conference is easily my favorite so far.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Ubisoft is in the lead!

  • AnimusVox

    Good on ya Ubisoft. I’m all for new IP’s and I enjoy their games for what it’s worth.

  • MrKappa

    This game looked too amazing to play like how it did. I’m almost expecting the final product to pull a GRFS.

  • SirRichard

    I love the idea of sweeping over people’s electronic devices and getting glimpses of their histories; in the demo here, you can see someone’s crime record, or that someone else is HIV positive, it’s a neat touch.

    The hacking has so much potential, I seriously hope they don’t mess this up.

    • Testsubject909

      I take it I’m not the only one who spied the restriction order on that one guy.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Definitely the Top Game of E3 so far. Must… Know… More… Info… @[email protected]

  • Roubjon

    This looks so damn good. And the way they sneaked in the online component to the game was fantastic.

  • badmoogle

    I stopped watching at 4:22.Too boring for me.

    • gun blazing is your style?

      • badmoogle

        No.But interactive movies are not my style either.

  • I was ridiculously impressed by the footage of this game. The drop-in multiplayer has a lot of promise and being able to hack into all sorts of devices should prove to be awesome.

    • Testsubject909

      If that was drop in multiplayer…

      Oh, sorry, my mind was blown there for a moment.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    This game caught my eye can not wait to see more of it.

  • Yesfir

    Totally interested in seeing more about this game!

  • shadowseer

    This reveal has really impressed me, I can’t wait to play it. Here’s me waiting patiently for the game’s release.

  • This game has made it hard for anything else to become my game of the show for this year’s E3. Not even Tomb Raider (which was the previous holder of that title) comes close to this. Ubisoft has revealed yet another amazing new IP and I desperately hope that it will turn out to be successful. Great cyberpunk is always amazing and this looks like it could be one of those. 

    • PhilliesFlyers89

      Tomb Raider looks really good, but man, I can already tell that I’m going to hate the constant grunts she makes.  If I was blind during that presentation, i would have thought the game was about a terrorist attack during a women’s tennis match.  

  • I’m actually like it. Pretty nice game :D

  • DemonicX

    Looks like an interesting game. I’ll be keeping an eye on this game.

  • rebecasunao

    The concept is REALLY really really nice, can’t deny that. But I’m kinda tired of that amount of violence… That concept could be used pretty well without any need to shoot people’s heads.

    • if the enemies were so passive then yeah it could work without “violence”.

    •  I pretty much felt the same, I did like the one bit that showed you can save civilians, but it will be interesting to see how well that aspect works with the rest of the game and if you can do non-lethal takedowns.

    • Heidenroslein

       I would rather go running around in that BEAUTIFULLY rendered city than actually fight the bad guys lol.

      • Testsubject909

        Reminds me of how I at times didn’t want to remove the Nazis from the Saboteur because then I’d lose the awesome black and white presentation.

      • Guest

         Can’t wait for Sleeping Dogs too.

      • Ronald Bixler

         I’d probably just stand in that alley breeze for about an hour and admire the in-game physics as it whips the tails of my trench coat.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Personally I didn’t have a problem with the level of violence, but I was desperately wishing for some context to it. We never get WHY he was killing people. It seemed random coming off of all of the non-violent interaction that preceded it. I can certainly understand your view.

    • malek86

      But violence is among the basis of any cyberpunk. You can’t have controlling corporations without violence – it just wouldn’t feel threatening enough.

      • Guest

         Project Hacker: Awakening. Nintendo DS title. We were supposed to get it but didnt. No violence there.

    • Testsubject909

      It’d be interesting if they provided non violent route and went full Deus Ex on us all.

    • I’m sick of games’ over-reliance on violence as well, but for this particular game at least it makes some degree of sense in terms of the game’s setting and aesthetic. Cyberpunk works, as a whole, tend to be violent so as to emphasize the grim, dystopian feel and sense of paranoia native to the genre.

      That said, I do have a couple issues with the combat sequences in the demo. 1) The combat just doesn’t look that good. It’s ripped straight out of GTA, which has never had anything approaching first-rate combat mechanics. 2) Why is this dude flipping out and killing people? Who is he killing? We never get anything even remotely resembling an explanation in the trailer, which is kind of jarring. 3) Considering how many options for environmental manipulation the game supposedly gives you, I hope there will be ways or situations in which violence or direct combat can be avoided. I feel like much more of a badass in games that let me outfox my enemies than those that make me just shoot the hell out of them.

  • Wafflenaut

    And suddenly, out of nowhere; Ubisoft.

    All and all, Ubisoft, disregarding their on-stage personalities, the games they showed off were all fresh and interesting. Way to go Ubisoft! Looking forward to Watch Dogs especially.

  • Yannick Ho

     Unbelievable, the game runs on a current gen console (HELL YEAH!!! ON A PS3!!
    Looks neat!)…. f***ing unbelievable!! Ubisoft regained my respect…
    with this game right there! If it comes out this year… 2012 is going
    to be one great year for gaming.

    p.s. Don’t get me wrong about Ubisoft regaining my respect. I just feel
    it’s a shame the only series that I got attached to was Assassin’s
    Creed. They have a lot of great talents… but if Watch Dog comes out
    this year, I will tip my hat to them.

    You can find the article here. http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/06/04/e3-2012-ubisoft-reveals-ctos

  • Mago Iichi

    It seems good, no platforms announced yet.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Game of the show, so far. This is looking incredible. If Ubisoft delivers on all the potential shown here, this could be special.

  • Shadowman

    Please let it be for Xbox360/PS3

    • Testsubject909

      I’ll have no idea what’ll happen if it’s announced as a Wii U exclusive…

      *prepares to toss bank account at screen*

  • CrimsonalCore

    I am BLOWN AWAY by this game, I really wanna play it! :3 I need more info about it. owo

  • Really interesting concept. (I still remember NY got the blackout in 2003 xD  I think that was in August lol)

    Looking forward to see and hear more info on this.

  • MrRobbyM

    What the hell, Ubisoft. One minute I hate you then all of a sudden my money is being thrown at your face.

    • Testsubject909

      You know, I love the twits on the right hand side:

      Ish_Siliconera What… what are you doing, Ubisoft…?
      WHAT THE…?

      on a side note… Sony’s E3 conference is starting up.

      Oh and. If the game happens to be on freaking Wii U… My credit card is going to be thrown at the screen.

      • MrRobbyM

        You know, I wouldn’t be surprised. I’d definitely be getting it on the PC instead  though.

  • Hoshi星

    That’s it guys. Game of the show. Game of E3. Nothing will top this.

    Also, Eden of the East’s Noblesse Oblige system anyone?

  • Testsubject909

    By the way, am I the only one who gets a Deus Ex vibe out of this? Paired with a bit of Noire?

    • badmoogle

      No you are not.Must be a Montreal thing.

  • Watahashi

    I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.

  • Testsubject909

    Oh and, I’m sorry if this ends up being a double post but.


    I’m throwing pokeballs and money at my screen but it’s not making the game appear in my grasp any faster!

  • revenent hell

    i love anything that deals with the over dependence   on technology when it comes to well anythin games/anime ect ect and after a little more info is released about what system itll be on im sure itll be a preorder for me

  • By far the most intriguing concept on the show floor thus far. This could be incredibly awesome or hugely disappointing; gonna have to keep an eye on it.

    Also this is basically Laughing Man: The Video Game. That means I expect to be able to hack JD Salinger quotes onto public devices in-game.

  • Considering how hard Ubisoft seems to be pimping the Wii U, I’m genuinely surprised that this game is (apparently) not heading to that system. Seems like there ought to be a whole bunch of imaginative ways for the developers to incorporate the WiiPad given the premise.

  • Nitraion

    Watch dogs,sleeping dogs anything that dogs do is great lol… XD

  • What do you get when you mix Deux Ex Human Revolution and The saboteur together??? Answer: Watch Dogs…

    • Guest

       You forgot Sleeping Dogs

  • disgaea36

    So far this game looks extremely boring. It just might be because they haven’t shown a lot of what you can do in the game cause i just see a lot of walking lol. but that’s just me i’ll wait for further trailers

  • Domii

    This and Last of us are the best games I’ve seen at e3 so far.

  • Guest

    Woah that Asian guy totally raided Kiryu Kazama’s wardrobe! No wonder Kiryu was missing his suit in Yakuza 5. He better watch his back!

  • Ronald Bixler

    This game preview put a smile on my face.

  • kool_cid414

    I felt bad when that guy in the car was trying to help his wife/girlfriend but ended up getting thrown out the car.

  • That man in the white suit’s got a fan. Slick script.

  • joe ling

    This save  E3 for me after  MS and EA conference. My body wasn’t ready for this surprised.  

  • Oh my, I love the level of NPC interaction. How they react to stuff that happens, like the dude who runs over to the crashed car, helps that other dude out of his car and asks if he’s okay. The atmsphere and dialogues are awesomely intriguing and so much suspense… but gameplay-wise this is rather a game I should watch someone play, since I’d surely die in every of the shootings or fights.. 8)

  • Scallion

    This is a gaming Holy Grail.
    If they pull this off, they’ll reach that perfect blend of film and interactive video games that they’ve been aiming for this the last decade.

  • Scallion

    I’m watching this again, and I literally don’t care about anything else they’ve shown or will show at E3.

  • Damn this game blows my mind, so many NPC and each of them have some description, the guy with positive HIV got me :D

    And the graphic looks incredible, the building and environment looks so detailed. I can’t believe this is current gen stuff. Definitely looking forward to it.

  • eilegz

    patcher was right this year e3 was so bad that ubisoft new game its the best surprise of this year…

    looks like a AC engine its beign used and its not rushed game… watchdog its going to be amazing.

  • amagidyne

    Wow, this looks great! Hacking, sneaking, assassination..

    ..as well as cover shooting, regenerating health and abilities that make you instantly win the fight by slowing down time. I want to be optimistic, but that ending isn’t doing me any favors (except for the streetlight thing, which was wonderful).

  • Göran Isacson

    Gotta agree with the one in the comments who said this is like “Laughing Man: The Game”. This is just every dirty cyperpunk fantasy I’ve ever had, from the look of things.

    … Though I will admit that cover-shooting and regenerating health MIGHT be a little bit cliche at this point. On the one hand I feel like they could remove that and create a more exciting and novel experience, on the other hand I do wonder how large an audience they would reach if they didn’t throw in those kind of concessions.

    Ah well. I’ll hope for the best from the new things, and hope that the old is at least tolerable. Also, that the multiple choices don’t end up making my character look schizo. There has got to be a smoother way to handle this assassination other than “kill and shoot everything- EVERYTHING”.

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