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Watch Dogs' ctOS Mobile app lets you call in helicopter-based snipers May 27

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Watch Dogs' companion app, ctOS Mobile, will let mobile and smartphone players compete with their console and PC counterparts when it launches alongside the open-world game May 27, according to a post on the official Ubisoft Blog today. 

The Android and iOS game will be free, have no microtransactions and will not require players to own Watch Dogs, according to Ubisoft. 

The ctOS Mobile app will include two modes: Race, where the distance between checkpoints are short and console or PC players have GPC enabled; and Free Ride, which widens checkpoint distances and turns GPS off. As Watch Dogs players race from checkpoint to checkpoint gaining time at every interval, ctOS Mobile players hack the city through a top-down map. From there, they can trigger barricades, set off explosions and call in assists from helicopter-stationed snipers and the police. If ctOS Mobile players can stop Watch Dogs players, they win.

ctOS will launch with 26 challenges, 13 for each mode, as well as a map generator that lets players create their own challenges. 

“You can even choose the weather and the time of day,” lead gameplay designer Philippe Baude said.

A Quick Match mode lets ctOS Mobile players matchmake with random players, while logging in with your PlayStation Network, Xbox Live or Uplay  account will let you challenge friends. 

Watch Dogs is set for a May 27 release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC. A Wii U version will follow later this year. For more on the game, be sure to watch our comparison video of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, our attempt to escape the authorities and the first 30 minutes of gameplay. You can also learn about the open-world game and its history in the video below.