A video walkthrough of Ubisoft's upcoming action-adventure, the open-world game Watch Dogs, demonstrates how players can face off against others through hacks and more in multiplayer.
The video is narrated by animation director Colin Graham, who explains that Watch Dogs' multiplayer takes place in the same world as its single-player options. Players will be able to connect with others through online hacking, a mobile companion app or through competitive decryption combat. As players explore the game's world, they'll have the opportunity to accept contracts and enter the games of other players.>
When players themselves are being hacked, they'll be notified that they're currently "being invaded." It's worth noting that when other players enter a world, targets will look like NPCs, rather than another version of protagonist Aiden.
Once a player has been hacked, they'll need to identify the invader to stop the attack. To find his attacker, Graham fires gunshots into the air, scattering NPCs to see "who doesn't react like a real civilian." After locating his target, Graham begins a car chase in an effort to run his opponent off the road.
To see how hacking other players functions in multiplayer games, how the game's mobile multiplayer works or decryption gameplay, watch the video above.
Ubisoft previously revealed that multiplayer will support up to eight people and allow players to turn off its drop-in functionality. Its multiplayer is not meant to be aggressive, lead game designer Danny Belanger said at the time, but more about a "hide-and-seek" focus.
Following a delay, Watch Dogs is slated to launch May 27 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The Wii U version, which is still in development, does not have a date — though senior producer Dominic Guay has said that 2014 is still a possibility.
For more on Watch Dogs and whether or not it's doing anything original, check out our in-depth look.