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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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Ubisoft will be supporting last-gen consoles over the next few years

Ubisoft will continue to develop for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles for several more years, company vice-president of creative Lionel Raynaud told Edge. "We will have games for PS3 and 360 for this year and probably the years after," said Raynaud prior to confirmation of Assassin's Creed Unity on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. "We want to be able to provide games to people who are playing on these consoles. Black Flag was the first Assassin's Creed game of this new generation but it was designed with that in mind, but I wouldn't say it was a cross-generation game, as it has features that could only be for this generation." Developing across both last and current gen systems isn't restrictive for developers, Raynaud continued, describing cross-generational development as...

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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...

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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