Ubisoft Montreal have announced the developement of a brand new IP, something incredibly rare in this world of sequels, titled Watch Dogs, currently under developement by a team that includes veterans from the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Rainbow Six franchises.
Watch Dogs is described as a realistic and living open world title in which players must take on the role of anti-hero Aiden Pearce who has the ability to hack into any connected system, allowing him to cause major carnage. For example, players could create a thirty-car pile-up by manipulating the traffic lights, or use the security cameras around the world to track people’s movements, or any number of other things. It’s a pretty cool concept, and one that can be seen in better detail in the gameplay video below.
“Watch Dogs goes beyond the limits of today’s open-world games by giving players the ability to control an entire city,” said Jonathan Morin, creative director, Ubisoft. “In Watch Dogs, anything connected to the city’s Central Operating System becomes a weapon. By pushing the boundaries, we can provide players with action and access to information on a scale that’s never been seen in a video game before.”
Watch Dogs may seem like a far-fetched concept to some, but it’s actually grounded almost completely in reality. Almost everything in the world now is interconnected, giving hackers an almost horrifying degree of power. In today’s world, a lot of companies around the world use your digital footprint to create a sort of profile on you, allowing them to tailor what ads you see and such, but as Watch Dogs shows, all that information can also be used for more nefarious deeds.
Keep your eyes on Ubisoft’s new title, it might just be the most exciting game to be revealed at E3, and could stun us all.