Ubisoft Registers ‘Watch Dogs’ Movie Domains; Too Soon?

Jun 17, 2012 by  

Watch Dogs Ubisoft 2013

The realms of comic books, video games, and film have been slowly blending together over the past decade or so, creating a near-seamless experience in some franchises — well, mostly. As the production value and cinematic quality increases in video games, so too does Hollywood’s interest in hit franchises.

A few days ago, it was rumored that a Splinter Cell movie was in the works, in a joint effort between Ubisoft and Paramount, and now, to add to gamer and movie-goer hype, it has recently been discovered that Ubisoft has also been registering domain names which suggest a Watch Dogs feature film is in the works.

Ubisoft’s new IP, which was shown at E3 this year, follows some of the stylistic approaches generated by series like Assassin’s Creed, but with a modern, social network hacking-themed flair. It introduces players to anti-hero Aiden Pearce, who will presumably be spending most in-game time shooting up cars, hunting down information to use against his enemies, and generally being a complete bad-ass. Though a risky move on Ubisoft’s part, a movie adaptation isn’t totally out of the question — but is it too soon?

It’s not the first time that a game developer has secured domain names for potential movie tie-ins. Last year, Dead Island developer Techland kicked around a few ideas for a film based on their successful shooter / RPG, before the game was even released. While fans can certainly appreciate the lengths developers have been going in order to expand the universe of their games, a new IP is always a big risk, and so too is adding movie speculation to the mix.

Of course, there is no concrete evidence to suggest that a Watch Dogs movie is in the works, or ever will be. After several copyright issues that have come up in recent gaming news, Ubisoft is most likely protecting itself from domain squatters in the event that a film tie-in begins production. Whatever Ubisoft has planned for the series, their work has paid off so far, and their presence at E3 this year was huge.

As of now, the following domains are blank: WatchDogsmovie.com, WatchDogsthemovie.com, Watch-Dogsmovie.com, Watch-Dogsthemovie.com.

Ranters, are you interested to see what Ubisoft has up its sleeve, not only for Watch Dogs, but for a Splinter Cell movie?

Watch Dogs is currently in production and hits shelves sometime in 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PC.

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Source: Fusible (via Joystiq)

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  1. i would be kinda cool to have a movie come out as kind of a prequel to the game, like some videogames do with comic book tie ins.

  2. It’s just a domain name, this is hardly news. Why is this being reported? Anyone with half a brain at Ubisoft would purchase domain names for websites for movies for their games, just in case they want to make a movie later. This doesn’t mean “OH MY GAWD, THEY’RE MAKING A WATCH_DOGS MOVIE!” It just means they’re prepared to if the time comes when they should. Hell, I own domains for things that I’ve mentioned online, just in case I want to use them. This is not news, this stuff happens every day. Seriously, Game Rant, do you have nothing better to report than this garbage?

  3. Also, at E3, they never specified what consoles the game is coming to, only that “it will arrive on consoles in 2013,” meaning that it could possibly be a next-gen console that we see the game on. Research these things, people, damn.

  4. Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell are the three in early development at Ubisoft Motion Pictures – This can be the fourth I suppose.

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