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Platform Win, 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, xbox one Publisher Ubisoft Developer Ubisoft Montreal Release Date 2014-05-27 Price at Launch $59.99

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Watch Dogs inspires a clothing line with a 'near-future aesthetic' from Frank & Oak

Watch Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal's upcoming open-world game overflowing with futuristic technology, serves as the inspiration for the capsule collection, a 12-piece men's clothing line from Frank & Oak. Must Read Watch Dogs: Invasion_ According to the capsule collection's official site, the clothing line consists of "minimal menswear that blurs the lines between fashion, art, and technology." It includes four t-shirts ($32 each), canvas pants ($65), long-sleeved shirts, a henley and a hoodie ($42-$65), a duffle bag ($115), a hat ($35) and two collared shirts ($55 each). Watch Dogs is scheduled for a May 27 release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC with a Wii U version to follow. For more on the game, be sure to read our recent hands-on...

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Watch Dogs multiplayer video explores hacking and stalking other players

A video walkthrough of Ubisoft's upcoming action-adventure, 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...

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Will Watch Dogs live up to its original hype?

If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, News Editor Brian Crecente and Senior Reporter Colin Campbell ask: Will Watch Dogs live up to its original hype? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: How is Game of Thrones free-to-play TV? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. D...

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Is Watch Dogs doing anything original?

Set in a sports stadium, this sequence forces the player to make use of cameras and security servers in order to demonstrate power over the world. It is an overlay of semi-transparent lines, criss-crossing the physical realm, bending and warping reality; a conspiracy-theorist's fantasy user interface. The in-game goons who would harm me can be rendered impotent by the flick of a switch. Reaching that switch is a matter of following simple sequential puzzles and holding down a button on the joypad. It is a secondary weapon, a smart bomb that the designers have placed in the world in order to add an extra dimension to the combat and to give the game a gleam of sharp-edged modern relevance. Some moments later, free from the stadium, I am running around a competently rendered slice of...

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The Division dev on Watch Dogs: it's 'tremendously important' knowing when to delay

Delaying a game may incur additional costs and fan ire, but in the end it's important for a developer to recognize when a game needs additional incubation time for quality purposes, Tom Clancy's The Division managing director David Polfeldt told The Examiner. According to Polfeldt, it is "tremendously important" that developers and publishers know when to take a hit and delay a game. He said that Ubisoft's stock shares fell 25 percent the day the company announced its highly-anticipated open-world hacking game Watch Dogs had been delayed from October 2013 into 2014. "It takes so much courage to live through that day and still think that was a good decision," he said. "So for us in the development [side], that's an important message that ultimately the management will back up the goals...

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Ubisoft's online store lists Watch Dogs' Wii U version for Fall 2014 launch

Watch Dogs will launch on May 27 for every platform except Wii U. Ubisoft's official storefront now says the game will arrive in the Fall launch window this year. The Fall 2014 listing is currently active on the Uplay marketplace. Nintendo Enthusiast, which spotted the listing, says it confirmed with a Ubisoft representative that the game is targeting Fall 2014 for release. Polygon has reached out to a Ubisoft representative for comment as well. Watch Dogs' Wii U version is the only one not being developed by the Montréal studio building all other versions of the game. Ubisoft's studio in Bucharest, Romania, is handling this edition. In March, the game's senior producer said a 2014 release date was still a possibility.

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Watch Dogs PC trailer shows how Nvidia powers its graphics

Ubisoft shared a new trailer for Watch Dogs this week detailing how Nvidia's hardware has helped the developers create a more immersive experience with more powerful graphics. In the video above, lead engineer Paul Vlasie details how the game — shown running with Nvidia's HBAO Plus light and shadow system and Nvidia's TXAA anti-aliasing technology — benefits from these additions. The PC version of Watch Dogs will exclusively feature these graphical additions, thanks to Ubisoft working closely with Nvidia. "By working with Nvidia we really want to make sure PC gamers will be able to enjoy and explore the most realistic and visually stunning world environment ever created, the Windy City like you've never seen it before," Vlasie says in the video. Watch Dogs will launch on May 27 for...

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Watch Dogs season pass will introduce a new playable character

Ubisoft's hack-centric Watch Dogs includes a single player campaign featuring a new playable character as part of its PlayStation 4 Season Pass, according to a since removed product page on the official Gamestop website spotted by AGB. "Stay connected to the world of Watch Dogs with the Watch Dogs Season Pass. Get access to a unique Single Player Campaign featuring a new playable character plus more missions, weapons, and exclusive content for $19.99," reads the game's product details from the removed webpage. "That's an over 30 percent savings versus buying each piece separately." The PS4 DLC allegedly becomes available to download on May 27, with pre-orders available for $19.99. Polygon has contacted Ubisoft for confirmation of these Season Pass details and will update you with...

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PC requirements for Watch Dogs confirmed

The official PC specifications for Watch Dogs, which launches on May 27, have been revealed in the game's Steam listing. The requirements conform to ones accidentally released by Ubisoft's Uplay store in October, including the fact the game will only support 64-bit operating systems. Watch Dogs, then nearly a month from shipping, was delayed from mid-November 2013 to its current launch in order to improve the game. For Watch Dogs' minimum specs, players will require a DirectX 11 GPU with at least 1GB of VRAM, along with a quad core CPU and at least 4GB of RAM. Example GPUs include NVidia GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770, and an Intel Core2 Quad Q8400 or AMD Phenom II X4 940. Users aiming to reach the game's recommended specifications will require a DirectX 11 card with at least 2GB of...

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No Watch Dogs demo coming before launch, says creative director

Ubisoft won't release a Watch Dogs demo before the game launches because developer Ubisoft Montreal is focusing on finishing the game, said creative director Jonathan Morin on Twitter last week. "[There is] no demo planned before release," said Morin. In a later tweet, he explained, "Demos take time, the focus is on the game." Ubisoft originally said it would launch Watch Dogs last November, but a month before then, the publisher delayed the game to 2014; it is now set for release May 27 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with the Wii U version scheduled to arrive later. Morin added that Ubisoft will release more footage of Watch Dogs between now and the game's release date. For more, check out our report on why the company delayed the open-world title....

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  • Windows
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Wii U
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Xbox One
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
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