If you haven’t seen the trailer for Watch Dogs, which debuted at this week’s E3, we suggest you stop reading this and do that now. Seriously, just click the play button above. Watch Dogs is an Ubisoft game that has been crafted from the ground up, which is to say they’ve developed their own engine for the game.
The story centers around your character named Aiden Pearce. The details are a bit scant – no word on compatible consoles or a release date – but we do know that the game is a bit in the vein of Grand Theft Auto. However, this most certainly isn’t just another GTA. The Ubisoft team has apparently built a game that is more intricate, more real, and less blow it up and bang a hooker for the fun of it. Your character is equipped with an array of technology allowing you to block cell phone signals as well as delve into the secrets of each respective character. With those secrets on hand you’ll be able to blackmail them into submitting to your whims, or alternatively you’ll supposedly be able to take a blunt force truma approach. But keep in mind this is a bit of conjecture on our behalf’s, which means the “choose your own adventure” may not be as dynamic as we’re hoping, but it can’t hurt to dream.
That said, there is apparently a multiplayer aspect to this game, though it’s not clear if the multiplayer is a separate game or part of the single player game itself. Ubisoft has revealed that during the on stage demo at E3, another player was engaged with an unseen character called Bixel_44 (pictured above), which may or may not have been influencing the events that we’re transpiring. We also haven’t heard if there is any Kinect features rolled into this game, but if we had to wager, there is a good chance we’ll see something incorporated into the overall mix.
Unfortunately, Watch Dogs won’t be ready for retail consumption until after 2012. So stop holding your breath and jump into some AC3.