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.