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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...

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New Watch Dogs trailer welcomes players to Chicago

Ubisoft's latest trailer for upcoming action adventure Watch Dogs gives viewers a tour of the game's version of Chicago, a bustling city with an underlying network of cameras and computers for protagonist Aiden Pierce to hack. The video above details the game's dynamic lighting and weather systems, as well as the work put in to making sure all in-game citizens are realistic. Each NPC has its own personality and personal data for Aiden to hack, as the entire city is one giant playground for our hero to manipulate. Watch Dogs will launch on May 27 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A Wii U version will follow at a later date. Senior producer Dominic Guay told Polygon that a 2014 release for this version was still a possibility, with no firm ship date...

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Why Watch Dogs went into hiding

Watch Dogs was just a month away from shipping last year when Ubisoft announced it was delaying the game. It was a surprising move for a game with so much anticipation built up around it, one that looked like it could have been one of the major launch titles for not one new gaming console, but two. But as the time neared for the game's launch, the massive team working on Watch Dogs started to realize something: They weren't going to be able to ship the game they wanted to make, the one they promised to gamers; not if they were going to hit the November launch. "We got everyone together and we looked at the game," senior producer Dominic Guay said. "There were discussions that were happening between people in the development team, senior core team, but also with HQ and the studio here....

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Assassin's Creed 4's secret connection to another Ubisoft game

Spoiler: While not tied to the plot, this story and the accompanying video does contain information about Ubisoft's upcoming pirate game. Be warned. There's been some speculation about what, if any, connection Ubisoft's upcoming hacker-centric Watch Dogs has with Assassin's Creed. Watch Dogs depicts a hacker vigilante fighting the power of a corrupt city and the company that controls it. Assassin's Creed also includes hackers fighting one front of a war against a corrupt, controlling corporation. Assassin's Creed 4 game director Ashraf Ismail teased a connection between the series and Ubisoft's recently delayed Watch Dogs at this year's E3 conference in an on-camera interview with Elder Geek. After playing through Assassin's Creed 4 for Polygon's review, I can confirm that connection...

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Invasion: The Real-World Technology of Watch Dogs

Charlie Hall investigates the real-life surveillance technology in Chicago that features in Ubisoft's next-gen game Watch Dogs. READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Oct. 16

Nintendo touts Pokemon X and Y's record-breaking sales The latest entry into the beloved franchise has sold more than four million units worldwide since its international launch on Saturday. For reference, the Pokemon series has sold more than 245 million games worldwide to date — and X and Y's climb up the charts proves that there's still great passion for the series. Watch Dogs delayed to 2014, Ubisoft delays open-world racing game The Crew, Ubisoft drops financial targets following Watch Dogs and The Crew delays Ubisoft delayed its open-world technological thriller Watch Dogs to spring 2014 and its racing game The Crew to the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Ubisoft also revised its financial targets for the current fiscal year — which includes Rayman Legends and Assassin's Creed 4:...

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Watch Dogs gameplay demo takes to the open-world streets of Chicago

A 14-minute long narrated demo shows off the open-world gameplay in Ubisoft's upcoming Watch Dogs. In the beginning of the video, animation director Colin Graham emphasizes that this is not a mission but emergent gameplay in an open world. It begins in the Wards, a lower-income neighborhood in Watch Dogs' Chicago where Graham says players will find rusty cars and abandoned homes. Protagonist Aiden Pearce has not yet hacked into the local CtOS network yet, so he is unable to access the mobile devices that tap into it in the area. Pearce decides to rectify that, casing the local CtOS station to get the security key off a guard and infiltrating the compound. He sets traps to take down unsuspecting guards before opening fire; Graham says that the developers have tried to make all play...

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Watch Dogs trailer introduces hacker group DedSec

The latest trailer for Watch Dogs, which premiered at Sony's Gamescom 2013 press briefing today, focuses on the hacker group DedSec and its mission to wake up the citizens of Chicago. A DedSec representative appears in the trailer, his face and voice obscured digitally, to warn Chicagoans about the weaknesses of ctOS, the computer network that runs the city. He points out that they've detected a vigilante who has breached the system, which, according to him, is proof that ctOS is a flawed system. That vigilante happens to be Watch Dogs' protagonist, Aiden Pearce, who will use ctOS to his advantage in any way he can. Watch Dogs will be available Nov. 19 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC; Nov. 15 on PlayStation 4; and at launch on Xbox One. Ubisoft also announced today...

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Watch Dogs trailer weaponizes the city of Chicago

A new Watch Dogs trailer shows how protagonist Aiden Pearce can turn Chicago into a weapon. In the not-too-distant future, a system called ctOS has unified Chicago's law enforcement, utilities and information sharing. Aiden Pearce has the ability to tap into ctOS in a given area by installing a backdoor virus into the local hub, and can subsequently access and control it from his smartphone. Once ctOS access has been established, Pearce can eavesdrop on phone conversations and text messages, watch people through webcams and even access crime prediction systems to intervene and save the day if he so chooses. The ctOS system can also be a weapon, as Pearce can use it in more than 70 ways, creating diversions and distractions to catch foes off-guard, or overloading steam pipes to...

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Watch Dogs trailer brings actress Aisha Tyler into the game

A new video from Ubisoft introduces the in-game Watch Dogs character based on actress, gamer and comedian Aisha Tyler. Tyler, who has appeared on CSI and Friends and who is the current host for the reboot of comedy improv show Whose Line is it Anyway?, announced that she would be appearing in Watch Dogs at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month. In the video, her character is trailed by protagonist Aiden Pearce while on the phone, and she is noted as being at possible risk of an attack. Naturally, this risk materializes. At Comic-Con, Tyler spoke with Polygon about her role in the game and her thoughts on privacy in an increasingly-connected world. "There's a powerlessness that a lot of people feel, because of their relationship with technology," she said. "They don't feel like they...

Watch Dogs Releases
North America
  • 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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