During a recent live stream of Watch Dogs, the folks at Ubisoft calmed the nerves of a lot people when they revealed that the games “drop-in” multiplayer can be turned off. This comes a huge relief to a lot of folks who were worried about their game being hijacked by tons of people with nefarious intentions. Per lead game designer Danny Belanger, players can easily switch the function off. That’s not all though, there is an additional safeguard in place called “The Shield”, that prevents players from being able to drop in and immediately target you, unless you start acting a fool towards other folks in which case its open season on you.
The gist of what they folks at Ubisoft had to say about the game’s multiplayer is that it’s not necessarily about going out and trying to attack other players, its more about a back and forth between players for control of data and information. If you think we’ve missed something and we probably have, check out the full replay of the live stream
Belanger added that the game’s multiplayer, which will allow up to 8 players to freely roam at once, is not about being aggressive, but instead features a “hide-n-seek” focus that involves hacking and getting hacked. For more on the game, check out the replay of the earlier live stream.
Watch Dogs will launch on all current platforms on May 27, except Wii U which will launch sometime later this year.