Since it was first announced, Ubisoft’s upcoming open world game Watch Dogs has held consumer attention for the sheer volume of gamplay options and hacking skills placed at the player’s disposal. Those powers come courtesy of CtOS, a digital network tied into everything – and everyone – living in the game’s setting of a near-future Chicago, Illinois.
The recent story trailer has offered a bit more insight into the quest for revenge that drives hero Aiden Pearce, but what of the city itself? A next-gen open world is only as good as its overall design and the tech behind it, and the city itself finally steps into the spotlight in the most recent Watch Dogs video, entitled ‘Welcome to Chicago.’
At first glance, the video will conjure some memories of the initial videos showing off the world of Grand Theft Auto V‘s Los Santos – but with the wealth of open world games capable of simulating actual cities like never before, game fans had better get used to it. For their part, the development team isn’t interested in copying any prior open world game, and with the trailer promising a vast level of detail and variation for each character in the game’s world, players could be in for something genuinely new.
Besides the wealth of hacking options and means of interacting with Chicago’s infrastructure (those interested should check out our hands-on preview of the game), the video also gives a better look at what kind of visuals and graphical detail to expect from Ubisoft’s first triple-A next-gen experience. Some online commenters made their frustrations clear when the previously mentioned story trailer sported a level of graphical fidelity many found well short of what was initially pitched for the game. It’s unclear if this new video will win them back or quell their criticism, but the city of Chicago, at least, looks to be up to snuff.
Whatever the case, some lower-than-expected textures and resolutions aren’t likely to slow decrease the enthusiasm of next-gen console owners, as Watch Dogs remains one of the most anticipated releases of 2014. It’s no doubt due to that excitement that Ubisoft is already looking to future sequels, and has landed a deal with Sony to offer unique content exclusive to PlayStation owners.
What aspects of the game are you most looking forward to: the story, the gameplay, or the ability to tap next-gen hardware to produce some stunning visuals? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Watch Dogs will be available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 27, 2014.
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