Over the years, Ubisoft has developed a strong partnership with Sony, offering exclusive content to both PS3 and Vita gamers. That trend will apparently continue in the next-gen (aka the current-gen), as Ubisoft has announced exclusive PS3 and PS4 content for their highly anticipated upcoming release Watch Dogs.
The PlayStation-exclusive content is offered free of charge and will be available the second Watch Dogs hits retail and digital storefronts. Up until a few weeks ago, we had no idea when that might be, but we now know May 27th is the date for all platforms EXCEPT for the Wii U, which has been delayed.
The special content includes four exclusive missions, an added ability for hacker Aiden Pearce, and a unique outfit. Yes, like the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Watch Dogs will let players customize the look of their character in a variety of ways.
According to Ubisoft, the four PlayStation-exclusive missions will add about 60 minutes of gameplay to Watch Dogs and will see Aiden working for the notorious hacker group DedSec. More specifically, Aiden will be trying to take down the Umeni Technologies company as payback for a few of DedSec’s members.
As gamers have seen in the past, these exclusive missions don’t always factor into the game’s larger story, but they do offer additional opportunities to fool around with its mechanics. Considering Watch Dogs has some interesting things going on beyond the basic third person shooting — i.e. hacking various technologies — that might make the PS3 or PS4 versions the ones to get.
As far as the other exclusive items go, the ability is called Hacking Boost and it allows Aiden to accrue tech points a little faster after missions. Read our hands-on preview of Watch Dogs to learn a little bit more about tech points and how they factor into the game.
Then there is the White Hat Hacker Outfit seen in the image above. We would say that an all-white get-up is far from an enticing exclusive but, then again, tech enthusiasts do tend to go after the white items. It’s the same reason that we want the white Xbox One: rarity.
Ultimately, it appears that what Ubisoft has put together in their PlayStation-exclusive package will be enticing enough to lure players towards the PS3 or PS4 versions while not completely shutting Xbox owners out of worthy content. Again, anyone who purchases the game on PS4 or PS3 will unlock the content free of charge – no pre-order required.
Does this PlayStation-exclusive content sway you towards the PS3 or PS4 versions?
Watch Dogs releases May 27, 2014 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. A date has not been revealed for the Wii U version.