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Watch Dogs
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Post by Eorl @ 07:43pm 19/11/14 | 0 Comments
The newly-released Wii U version of Ubisoft's open-Chicago hacking game Watch Dogs (yes, it has actually launched) has spawned two DLC content packs, though neither are the meaty Bad Blood mini campaign.

The first DLC pack includes the Conspiracy digital trip originally released for all of the other versions of Watch Dogs nearly six months ago. Each digital trip is a mini-game within the Watch Dogs world with Conspiracy seeing Aiden Pierce stalk killer robots that are invisible to everyone but him. The eShop also now hosts the Access Granted DLC pack, which compiles the costumes, weapons and perks first released as pre-order content for the game's other incarnations along with three exclusive contract missions.

Unfortunately, as far as Watch Dogs DLC goes, these two are relatively minor and Ubisoft has publicly stated that the crown jewel of the game's additions, Bad Blood, will not be coming to the Wii U. No reason for the omission was given at that time, but it's likely because the publisher has little faith in Nintendo's console.

Considering how dead silent the publisher was on the actual release of the game, which has been released alongside big hits Grand Theft Auto V, Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, it is clear they just don't really care sadly. Hopefully we'll at least be able to see what the Wii U version looks like, as Ubisoft has also been dead silent on that part.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:38pm 25/09/14 | 0 Comments
The upcoming Wii U edition of Ubisoft's open-world hacking game Watch Dogs won't be featuring any form of additional DLC, according to a recent Twitter post from the developer.

The official Watch Dogs Twitter account responded to a question about DLC for Watch Dogs on Wii U, saying, "No, the Wii U version will not have the DLC." The Bad Blood DLC came out for the Ubisoft game today, with a season pass also available for purchase on other consoles.

It doesn't come as a surprise though, especially with Ubisoft's most recent comments labelling Watch Dogs as the "last mature game" for Nintendo's failing console. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot attributed the decision to poor sales in previous series, namely Assassin's Creed.

In related news, and to rub salt into the wound, Ubisoft has announced that their new story campaign "Bad Blood" is now available for play. The DLC offers a new story campaign featuring one of Watch Dogs' supporting characters, Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney, who receives a panicked call from a former Blume colleague requesting help.

The DLC will also include a new Street Sweep co-op mission mode, as well as new weapons, outfits and perks. The DLC is available right now to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox One, with Xbox 360 getting a copy by September 30th.
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:44am 11/09/14 | 0 Comments
The long-awaited Wii U version of Ubisoft open-world hacking title Watch Dogs has finally been given a release date, aiming for November 21st on Nintendo's console..

Watch Dogs on the Wii U will take advantage of the console's unique GamePad controller, displaying an interactive map of Chicago. The game will also feature Off-TV play, one feature I'm personally a big fan of for the Wii U.

The development of Watch Dogs on Wii U is being led by Ubisoft Bucharest, in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal.
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:01pm 04/09/14 | 6 Comments
Ubisoft has announced Watch Dogs' Bad Blood DLC pack, set to introduce a new single-player campaign.

Bad Blood arrives for Season Pass holders on September 23rd and for everyone else on September 30th. It gives you the chance to take control of the character of Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney for the first time as he tries to help out an old friend.
Watch_Dogs Bad Blood features an all new story campaign starring T-Bone, the brilliant and eccentric hacker players first met in Watch_Dogs, who is now playable for the first time. The campaign explores T-Bone’s story through 10 new missions set in new locations throughout Chicago. Shortly after the events of Watch_Dogs, Raymond “T-Bone” Kenney infiltrates Blume one last time to plant a false trail in their system. Before he can disappear from the grid, he receives a panicked phone call from Tobias Frewer, a former colleague from Blume’s ctOS prototype days, who’s in desperate need of help. Putting his own escape at risk, T-Bone decides to help, but quickly realizes the details of his old friend’s story aren’t adding up.
Bad Blood also grants players access to “Street Sweep” contracts, a dynamic new system of side missions that offers players endless hours of challenges. All Street Sweep contracts are playable in co-op mode (friend or public sessions), a first for Watch_Dogs, allowing two players to work together to combat Chicago’s criminal groups. The popular online ‘Hacking’ and ‘Tailing’ modes as well as new weapons, perks and outfits, including the remote-controlled car Eugene, will make it into the DLC.

Friday, 11 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:34am 11/07/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft's year over year sales have been significantly increased, thanks in part to the significant success of Watch Dogs, the company announced today.

According to a report focused solely on sales during Q1 2015, which ended June 30th, they totaled €360 million (approximately $490 million), an increase of 374 percent over the €76 million in sales reported for Q1 2014. Ubisoft also reported strong sales in its digital segment, whose performance increased 149 percent to €84 million ($114 million), thanks to recent titles like Child of Light, Trials Fusion and Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

"Although the financial year has only just started, our confidence for fiscal-year 2014-15 has been reinforced by our first-quarter performance and the keen anticipation for our upcoming games," said Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot, who also noted during the conference call that a new Assassin's Creed title is in the works for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Watch Dogs now sits at a respectable 8 million copies sold, though that number reflects sales into the retail channel, not copies sold to consumers. It was previously reported that Watch Dogs had sold 4 million copies in its first week.
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 08:56am 03/07/14 | 7 Comments
Ubisoft has unveiled that three new single-player missions will come to Watch Dogs tomorrow as DLC for all platforms.

The three new missions for Aiden Pearce will also reward players with perks, weapons, and outfits, starting with the Palace single-player objective. With police planning a raid on an Internet mogul's mansion — who has valuable info on Dedsec and Pearce, among thousands of others — players must infiltrate the palace and wipe his hard drive.

The other two missions are called Signature Shot and Breakthrough. The former has players trying to steal a biometrics weapon, which only works with the first person to imprint their palm on the handle. The latter mission has Pearce tasked with taking out everyone at a secret gathering in a Chicago club.

The new weaponry available for Pearce is the aforementioned biometric rifle as well as an auto-6 pistol. New perks and bonuses include the Dedsec battery boost, Blume weapon boost, a driving master boost, and ATM hack boost.

Ubisoft has noted that the content is available now as a separate purchase, however Season Pass holders as usual will have access to the DLC's for free.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:44am 17/06/14 | 67 Comments
Watch Dogs' fabled E3 2012 appearance has left many wondering where exactly those graphical details had disappeared in the later editions of the game, and it seems those enhancements aren't exactly "gone" thanks to a recent PC mod by TheWorse.

Overnight, the modder in question revealed through some tweaking of .ini files that Ubisoft has indeed kept the spectacular looking E3 2012 features, though obviously chosen to hide them from plain sight. As well as unlocking past features, modder TheWorse has also added new effects into the game in the form of LoD changes, fog default values increased, performance improvements and rain changes.

“I realized it was based on dunia 2 so I tried to unpack the files which obviously not worked,” says TheWorse on Guru3D (via “After searching so much for the unpacker I found it, started playing with it and after a long time of testing I ended up getting the E3 Bloom from 2012 working.”

“After studying how bin hex worked and downloading many tools to convert files etc, I was able to integrate and enable many effects.”

You can download the mod directly from the Guru3D website, though be warned that this mod is still in progress so expect bugs and graphical glitches.
Friday, 6 June 2014
Post by Eorl @ 02:32pm 06/06/14 | 0 Comments
After selling more than 4 million copies since its launch on May 27th, Ubisoft has issued a rather small slice of DLC to help sate the tastebuds of those looking for more content in Watch Dogs' open-world Chicago.

Titled "Conspiracy," the DLC adds a brand-new digital trip into the game's already large selection of mini-games that paint the Chicago world in an alternate reality. Conspiracy will drop the player into a world populated with stealthy cyborgs that must be hunted down and dispatched of a la Terminator style, though in a sort of reversed way.

Those interested in nabbing the Conspiracy DLC will find it available at a reasonable price tag of $4.99 through Steam and console digital platforms. Alternatively, those who decided to purchase the Season Pass will find the DLC free of charge and ready for collection.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:34am 04/06/14 | 7 Comments
Open-world sandbox hacking game Watch Dogs has surpassed the 4 million marker for copies sold to customers in its first week, Ubisoft announced today.

According to the press release, this humble feat makes it the best-selling new franchise launch in history, as well as making it the best first week sales of any Ubisoft game ever. The publisher previously mentioned a goal of six million sales, so its looking on track to reach that number even without launching the Wii U version yet.

Adding onto this rather large number, Ubisoft also revealed that the ctOS mobile companion app has been downloaded more than 1 million times. The app allows players to jump into Watch Dogs' multiplayer and face off against other players as they try to hinder progress and win big on the leaderboards.

Watch Dogs released on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. A Wii U version is scheduled for release later this year. Miss our Watch Dogs review? Check it out for full impressions on Ubisoft's next big franchise. As always, drop us a line in the comment section on how you are enjoying Watch Dogs.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 02:24pm 29/05/14 | 18 Comments
After a rather successful launch, Ubisoft has today announced that their latest open-world title Watch Dogs is now the company's fastest-selling game in its history, selling more copies in 24 hours than any other of their past titles.

“I once said that the buzz around Watch Dogs was driven by the incredible passion of our early fans,” said creative director Jonathan Morin on the UbiBlog. “Today we broke the record for the biggest first-day sales in Ubisoft history."

While exact figures are still unknown, earlier in the year Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed during a conference call that the publisher and developer hoped to sell over 6 million copies of Watch Dogs. This was based on past shipment sale for the original Assassin's Creed, which later spawned the rather successful series.

Miss our Watch Dogs review? Check it out for full impressions on Ubisoft's next big franchise. As always, drop us a line in the comment section on how you are enjoying Watch Dogs.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 02:27pm 28/05/14 | 12 Comments
Australian media publication Mumbrella is reporting that a PR stunt for the just released video game Watch_Dogs inadvertently triggered the evacuation of the NineMSN offices on George St in Sydney yesterday, due to a perceived bomb scare.

Front desk staff reportedly received a black safe with a pincode lock, and a letter informing a reporter to check their voice mail, but the reporter in question had no such mail and the safe was beeping. Police forced the device open to find Watch_Dogs promotional paraphernalia inside.
“We did check with other newsrooms to see if they had received a similar package as we thought it was a PR stunt, but no-one else had. We weren’t panicked at any point, but given there was no note explaining what it was, we had to take sensible precautions.”

Ubisoft has not responded to Mumbrella’s repeated requests for comment today, and it is unclear whether the package was sent by the internal PR team, or an agency acting on their behalf.
AusGamers actually received this same press kit featuring the game and can say with certainty, it didn't look or sound as menacing as is being touted by the above. These sorts of press kits are also pretty commonplace, making it unusual that this one would cause so much panic.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:15pm 27/05/14 | 18 Comments
We've been living it up large and in hacking charge in Chicago as a digitally-empowered vigilante for the past week or so, and have the final verdict on Ubisoft's Watch Dogs.

As a new kid on the block, the game is a wonderful technical example of how best to build a living, breathing world, but it does have some narrative boundaries that negate the idea of player-choice and an open-world in the first place. It's more than fun though, and as a new IP ticks all of the right boxes as far as we're concerned - especially where multiplayer is concerned.

Click here to read our spoiler-free Watch Dogs review.
Post by Eorl @ 10:23am 27/05/14 | 1 Comments
While those across the great oceans are still waiting for the clock to tick down until May 27th, Ubisoft's open-world hacking title Watch Dogs has now become available for Australian and New Zealand gamers.
In Watch Dogs, players enter the dangerous world of Aiden Pearce, a new class of antihero whose ability to hack into any connected system could be his most powerful weapon. Whether it’s triggering a 30-car pileup by manipulating traffic-lights to trap an enemy during a downtown shootout or tapping into the city’s omnipresent security cameras to access anyone’s personal information, Pearce is capable of coercing and controlling almost every element of the world around him.
Alongside the launch of the main game, Ubisoft has also detailed that the mobile companion app, ctOS, will also be launching later today. The Android and iOS game will be free, have no microtransactions and will not require players to own Watch Dogs, according to Ubisoft.

The ctOS Mobile app will include two modes: Race, where the distance between checkpoints are short and console or PC players have GPC enabled; and Free Ride, which widens checkpoint distances and turns GPS off. As Watch Dogs players race from checkpoint to checkpoint gaining time at every interval, ctOS Mobile players hack the city through a top-down map. From there, they can trigger barricades, set off explosions and call in assists from helicopter-stationed snipers and the police. If ctOS Mobile players can stop Watch Dogs players, they win.

Further information on the app can be found at Ubisoft's blog post, which also includes links to the iOS and Android versions (which aren't yet live). Watch Dogs is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A Wii U version will be available later this year.

Friday, 23 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 08:39am 23/05/14 | 18 Comments
We've seen a lot of trailers for Ubisoft's hotly anticipated Watch Dogs, but it's all lead up to this one, the obligatory 'launch' trailer.
Only a few days left before the release of Watch_Dogs! Get ready to take control over a whole city, using hacking as your weapon to exact your own style of revenge.
Watch the embed below to get amped up before venturing into dystopic Chicago next week.

Watch Dogs launches next Tuesday, May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, with Wii U still expected to follow later in the year.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:00am 21/05/14 | 0 Comments
While we sit patiently waiting for May 27th to approach, Ubisoft's upcoming open-world title Watch Dogs has been given the retro treatment, courtesy of animator Balázs Kalocsai.

In his latest video on YouTube, the rather talented animator has taken Watch Dogs' very early E3 2012 "Demarco" mission and placed it inside the Commodore 64, showing us just what it may have looked and played like. Complete with retro tunes and graphics, the reimagining still manages to look fun despite its lack of 3D graphics.

Check it out below. Watch DOgs will be launching May 27th on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. A Wii U version is also slated for launch later this year.

Monday, 19 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 03:26pm 19/05/14 | 5 Comments
Over the weekend, Ubisoft released a new promotional video for the upcoming and hotly anticipated open world action game Watch_Dogs, but a little different to its usual trailers.

With an extensive crew of technicians and stunt people, the publisher stages and elaborate hidden camera prank in Los Angeles, where an unsuspecting citizen supposedly looking for a phone repair is duped into believing a smartphone app can wirelessly hack other electronic devices -- as players can do in the upcoming game.

Check it out, followed by the behind the scenes video below. Watch Dogs is due on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, with Wii U expected to follow later in the year.

Friday, 16 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:55am 16/05/14 | 10 Comments
Ubisoft has rather high hopes for its upcoming open-world hacking title Watch Dogs, with CEO Yves Guillemot stating today that "Watch Dogs' preorders are at record levels and it is perfectly positioned to become the industry’s most successful new IP in history."

Specifics on just how many pre-orders the company has seen were sadly not revealed, however the publisher previously stated that they expect 6 million copies to be sold. Of course Ubisoft hasn't been the first to make such bold claims, with other companies like Activision, who have previously stated that Bungie's Destiny will be a "multi-billion dollar franchise."

In another statement today, Ubisoft said Watch Dogs is the most preordered new IP in Ubisoft's history and the most preordered new IP in the entire video game business this year. Specific pre-order figures were not shared. Overall, Watch Dogs is the second-highest pre-ordered Ubisoft game of all time, though it's not clear which game is number one.

Watch Dogs will be launching on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. A Wii U version is expected, though at a later date this year.
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:58am 15/05/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has today announced that their open-world hacking title Watch Dogs has now gone gold ahead of its release on May 27th, after more than two years since its reveal and nearly six months after its initial delay from a November launch.

"It’s exciting to be gold,” said Watch Dogs creative director Jonathan Morin. “But it’ll be more exciting when people are playing. For the fans it means that it’s true. It means there will be no such thing as another delay. But for us, it’s not done until they actually have it in their hands.”

The developer has also taken to their blog to reveal more details on Watch Dogs' reputation system, which players can use to gauge how the citizens of Chicago are feeling about their hacking attempts. As Aiden Pierce you'll be able to choose how to manipulate the city's information system, hacking street lights and cameras and tapping into others' personal devices. Doing so though will result in either positive or negative feelings towards Aiden, influencing how citizens will react towards you. The media will also have different reactions to your behaviour as well says lead writer Kevin Shortt.

"The media will still report on you, but maybe not in such a negative tone,” he said. “It will be more questioning. Is he a good guy? Is he a hero? Is he a terrorist? They are going to start raising these kinds of questions.

"The reputation system isn’t really a good-versus-bad kind of system," he added. "We really wanted it to just be the citizens reflecting back on you and what you’re doing so that you think about it more. The game doesn’t suddenly tilt one way if you get a bad reputation. It doesn’t make it exponentially harder. It should just make you consider your actions and what you’re doing.”

You can find more on the reputation system in Ubisoft's blog post. Watch Dogs will be available on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. A Wii U version will be available later this year.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:59am 14/05/14 | 16 Comments
Watch Dogs creator Ubisoft has today revealed a lengthy nine minute video aimed at giving potential players a bit of a head start in the digital world of Chicago when it comes to hacking.

The video takes a peak into the hacking of protagonists Aiden Pearce, and just how you'll go about interacting with the world to make it do what you want, when you want. This includes using certain city functions to your advantage when on the chase by police, or simply topping up your bank account with the help of a friendly and unaware citizen. All of that and more can be found in the video below.

Ubisoft isn't stopping there with Watch Dog news, revealing a rather large and descriptive blog today about everything you'll be able to do come May 27th. Alongside what you can do in the virtual world, Watch Dogs creative chief Jonathan Morin has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 version will run at 900p, while the Xbox One version will run at a rather odd resolution of 792p. Both however will output at 30 frames per second.

"Resolution is a number, just like framerate is a number. All those numbers are valid aspects of making games," he said.

"But you make choices about the experience you want to deliver. In our case, dynamism is everything. Exploration and expression are everything. You want to have a steady framerate, but you want to have dynamism at the core of the experience. The same goes with resolution."

Watch Dogs will be available on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. A Wii U version will be available later this year.

Friday, 9 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:18am 09/05/14 | 0 Comments
Developer and publisher Ubisoft has today revealed a new character trailer for their open-world title Watch Dogs, taking a look at just who you'll be meeting in the world of Chicago.

"Meet Aiden’s friends, his enemies and some that blur the line. In a city of more than 3 million people, you’d be surprised at how few you can trust," the tagline reads. The trailer gives a brief taste of just some of the more important characters you will meet along your travels, including some you may not have seen recently. Check it out below.

Watch Dogs will be available on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A Wii U version will be available later this year.