Ubisoft releases a making-of video for its forthcoming open world title Watch Dogs 2, comparing the game’s version of San Francisco to the city in real life.
Just last week, Ubisoft gave fans a closer look at Watch Dogs 2‘s setting with a San Francisco-themed trailer, detailing all that players will be able to do in the sprawling city’s myriad landmarks and locations. Now, the developer for the forthcoming open world title has released a video that compares the real life version of San Francisco to the one found within Watch Dogs 2.
As seen in the video below, Watch Dogs 2‘s creative director Jonathan Morin discusses the ways in which Ubisoft attempted to capture the spirit of San Francisco to not only inject the game with a sense of realism, but also to project the American city’s authenticity by paying attention to its details. Apparently, one of the difficulties in rendering San Francisco into a living, breathing video game city was nailing its size and scale, as Morin said, “If we don’t at least uphold the size of our game, it’s going to be laughable; we need to have those vistas right.”
In this most recent Watch Dogs 2 video, Morin also touches on how Ubisoft actually walked the streets of San Francisco to speak with the locals in order to get a sense of its population. The creative director explained that doing so was an important exercise in understanding the “soul” of any city. Without talking to the people, the famous San Francisco landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and the Embarcadero would have no human context.
Morin also went on to tease that Watch Dogs 2 will have plenty of Easter eggs, such as the depiction of Ubisoft’s San Francisco office in the title itself and video above, as there’s even a poster for the Assassin’s Creed movie hanging from the building. Fun little in-game trinkets like these add useful color to any release, and Watch Dogs 2‘s precursor also had plenty of these kinds of secrets, with nods to other Ubisoft titles like Far Cry 3, for instance.
It won’t be long before Watch Dogs 2 fans will be able to explore the title’s rendition of San Francisco and start on the hunt for Easter eggs, for just recently the game went gold, signifying that Ubisoft has completed development on all of the properties in the base version of the release, as it prepares to ship to retailers. Also, with Watch Dogs 2‘s launch less than a couple of weeks away, Ubisoft has also given fans a better idea of what the season pass will hold.
While everything shown for Watch Dogs 2 thus far certainly has promise, it’s important to note that the same could be said about the first entry in the franchise before it released, which ultimately left a lot of fans disappointed due to the final product not meeting the high standards set by the game’s marketing. At any rate, we will simply have to wait and see if Watch Dogs 2 surpasses its current status as being one of the most anticipated games of the holiday 2016 season.
Watch Dogs 2 is set to release on November 15, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while it launches for PC on November 29, 2016.