‘Watch Dogs’ Confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Wii U; New Gameplay Demo Released

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 10th, 2013 at 9:08 am,

The most impressive and ambitious game of E3 2012 has now officially added itself to the next-gen roster. Following the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 at Sony’s Future of PlayStation event today, Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot took the stage to confirm that Watch Dogs, as many had already anticipated, will be releasing as a launch title for the future console. A later Ubisoft press memo also announced the game for release on Nintendo’s Wii U.

Coinciding with the announcement was the brand new Watch Dogs gameplay demo viewable above (ostendibly running on the PS4). E3 introduced us to Watch Dogs’s cyber-savvy protagonist, Aiden Pearce, who can hack into any electronic device connected to Chicago’s central operating system and leverage it for his own ends. The demo that premiered today begins with Aiden as a wanted fugitive — perhaps for the elaborate assassination he orchestrated during our initial glimpse of the game — who still appears to be on the prowl for lowlifes and miscreants.

As the camera swoops over the Chicago River, glistening in the daytime sun and flanked on both sides by towering skyscrapers, an impressive sense of magnitude is conveyed by the game that’s impossible to avoid mentioning: It feels distinctly next-gen. But Watch Dogs clearly aims to thrive on the smaller details as well. Finite bits of information begin displaying around Aiden the second we arrive over his shoulder. Using a device Ubisoft calls “the Profiler,” he taps NPC cell phones, hacks an ATM and scrambles a security camera. Vital, even intimate, personal data about targets begins streaming onto the screen, and before we know it the scene flows from unassuming street walk to reconnaissance mission to heated chase sequence.

Watch Dogs Gameplay Demo PS4

When the demo hits this new gear, it brings Watch Dogs’s gameplay into another dimension. Gone is the predatory sleuthing; Aiden now harnesses his abilities — both technological and physiological — to run down his fleeing prey and then escape from the police himself. He skirts through a storefront interior, gliding over a table like Connor in Assassin’s Creed 3 (though whether or not this sequence is similarly pre-rendered is unclear), and eventually hacks a distant fuse box to knock down his target. He hacks a set of street bollards to destroy one pursing police car and enters a time-slowing phase to shoot the tire of another. For his coup d’état, Aiden overrides the controls of an oncoming L train, forcing it to a brief stop while climbing onto the roof and riding away to safety.

The demo doesn’t conclude with a Watch Dogs release date, but pre-order posters that leaked last week for the game advertised availability by the 2013 Holiday season. Coincidentally, in advertising the game for “all home consoles,” the posters also foreshadowed both Watch Dog’s Wii U confirmation today and Sony’s Holiday 2013 window for the release of the PlayStation 4. It’s hardly surprising that Watch Dogs is being planned as a next-gen launch title, and today alone has us confident that it will be more than ready.

What did you think of today’s new Watch Dogs gameplay demo?

Watch Dogs is anticipated for a late 2013 release. Confirmed platforms include the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii U and PC, although an Xbox 720 version is almost certainly waiting in the wings.

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TAGS: PC, PS3, PS4, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Varteras

    I suppose this game will give us among our first console comparisons for the new generation.

  • Avengers Assemble!!!!

    This game look AMAZING!!!!

  • Dojebon

    I for one can’t wait for this game. From everything I’ve seen and read, its going to be incredible.

  • bearmon2010

    Interesting.. There are not much difference between Wii U and PS4. Amazing.

    • Dovahkiin

      That probably wont be true, Ill let you know there were PS3/360 games that also run copies on the regular Wii, yet the Wii isn’t like the PS3 or 360.

      • Justin Loomis

        Also, another thing is, when this gen kicked off, there were a lot of games for both consoles that made it seem like we’d all get the same features, but with a few, the next gen had the features advertised. Like with Spider Man 3. They changed a LOT. The side story, the ability to play as Goblin, next to no interiors. I had a PS2, and I was so amped to play it…then when I did, I saw that 360/PS3 got most of the cool stuff.

    • Varteras

      It’s not surprising to see games in the transition period from current generation to next generation being run on virtually every platform and appearing very similar. The same thing happened in the last generation. The Wii U is barely more powerful than the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 4, however, is substantially more powerful and it is assumed that the next Microsoft console will at least be competitive with it in terms of raw power.

      So, while you may initially see some of the same titles being run on all three next generation consoles it will likely take no longer than a year before the difference in performance is obvious. The Wii U will lag behind tremendously compared to its competition. You can expect the majority of third parties to focus development efforts on the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s next console because of it.

  • http://andy-goldstraw.deviantart.com Andy Goldstraw

    Glad its coming to all consoles as I don’t want to have to buy a complete new console yet and certainly not for just 1 game.

  • Wolfort

    PC PC PC PC PC please!!!!! this looks awesome.

    • http://andy-goldstraw.deviantart.com Andy Goldstraw

      Coming to PC too :)

  • ATG

    This will probably be my first PS4 game, PROBABLY. Definitely getting it for sure though.

  • Jak Frost

    The only thing I know is if the PS4 is under 400$ ill get it but if not then it will have to wait

    • http://andy-goldstraw.deviantart.com Andy Goldstraw

      There are rumours of a $299 price and 2 separate models

  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    Very curious about the story, but I dig the GTA/AC/Sleeping Dogs elements they mixed with the hacker world.

  • kmac_321

    Game if the year??? What too soon

  • kmac_321

    Game of the year??? What too soon

  • Gabeler

    I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of Adam Sandler for this gameplay video.