For all intents and purposes, the launch of Watch Dogs on Tuesday was the biggest multiplatform release of 2014. But, like many a multiplatform release, it wasn’t without its hiccups.
Shortly after launch, some gamers reported problems with the PC version of Watch Dogs, specifically with regards to the uPlay client. Some were unable to log-in to the game, others saw the game crash at the drop of the hat, and a few were even unable to create a uPlay account altogether.
It’s important to note that these problems are not on the level of, say, Battlefield 4 or Diablo 3, but any launch-day problems, especially for a massive game like this, are disappointing. The good news is Ubisoft appears to be working on fixes, and many are already saying things have improved.
While it appears the worst of problems are behind Ubisoft, there are still reports of PC problems for Watch Dogs players. Ubisoft assures those affected that they are looking into any and all solutions, and will make any important announcements on the official Watch Dogs Twitter account. In fact, they believe most of the major PC problems should be rectified by later Wednesday night.
In other potentially troubling Watch Dogs-related news, a major online publication in Australia was forced to call the bomb squad after receiving a mysterious package as promotion from Ubisoft. Apparently, the package (a safe) contained a copy of Watch Dogs, a replica of Aiden Pearce’s hat, and a beanie, but its contents were only discovered after the Australian bomb squad deemed the safe “not suspicious” and cracked it open.
As it turns out, the false bomb scare resulted from some miscommunication. Apparently, the publication in question, Ninemsn, was supposed to have received a voicemail alerting them to the package’s arrival, but either they missed, didn’t check, or didn’t draw a connection between the message and the package. And when they tried the included pass code for the safe, it apparently started beeping. That’s never a good sign when it comes to mysterious packages.
Video game PR companies to do some outlandish things to promote upcoming games, and within the context of Watch Dogs sending out a hack-able safe makes sense. It’s just unfortunate that the miscommunication led to the bomb squad being called.
Even amidst bomb scares and log-in problems, though, hopeful Watch Dogs players are seemingly enjoying Ubisoft’s latest open world title, which has sold so well it is already the publisher’s best selling game to-date. Not to mention, the game is getting mostly positive reviews, even if some of the earlier promise of the title was lost in development.
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Did you experience any problems playing Watch Dogs on any platform? Are you still experiencing problems? Let us know in the comments below.
Watch Dogs is out now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. No Wii U release date yet.