Watch Dogs looks set to be one of the big launch games for both PS4 and Xbox One when they release this holiday season, and Ubisoft is already planning on it being a big success. The game sees hero Aiden Pearce take on a totalitarian Chicago, using his hacking skills to control the world around him. If Ubisoft gets their way though, we will be seeing a lot more of Pearce and the Watch Dogs universe in the next few years.
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper in the UK, several of the games’ developers spoke of how they were following the Destiny example of planning for the future. “Honestly that’s what we’re doing too” replied the games producer, Dominic Guay. “Here’s the way we think about it: even if we change our minds mid-course or after shipping Watch Dogs and say ‘scratch that, we’ll do something else’, the planning helps to make a strong core. We’ve all seen TV series where after a season there are a lot of mysteries; then at the start of season two you think, they didn’t know what was going to happen – they’re just stringing us along! You feel it! And it’s the same with games. If there’s a clear long-term plan, you’ll have stronger characters, the universe will be more coherent. So when you have the luxury of creating a new brand – which is happening less and less in this industry, you need to do just that. We’ve been doing the same thing Bungie has been doing – we’re trying to see how our characters and world will evolve. That’s always in the back of our heads.”
Ubisoft is also very keen on developing the ‘second screen’ functionality that seems to be the big thing at the moment, following on from the relative success of the Xbox SmartGlass app. Tablet or smartphone users will be able to help or hinder console game players, either from the same room or over a network from many miles away. Watch Dogs will be the first major title to offer this functionality and it will be interesting to see how it works, and whether it will usher in a new era for multiplayer gaming. One thing seems for sure though, the Watch Dogs franchise is about to become very big.
Source: The Guardian