Watch Dogs screenshot
Watch Dogs screenshot

Ubisoft has shed some light on the mysterious tablet features in Watch Dogs, the game that has swiftly become one of E3's major talking points.

The behind closed doors demo for Watch Dogs repeated the mission from Ubi's conference. Once again we followed cyberpunk protagonist Aidan Pierce as he infiltrated a futuristic exhibition at a theatre, met with his contact, and then hunted down his target - a man by the name of Joseph DeMarco.

This time, however, the demo concluded with a demonstration of a real-time iPad app that supports a kind of meta-game - much in the manner of Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass.

Here players were presented with a wireframe map of futuristic Chicago, drawn in a similar style to the one that used in the press conference demo. The map can be scrolled and zoomed, with pop-up boxes and icons providing real-time information about the game in progress.

"As we said, everything is connected - and we've extended that to mobile devices," said the Ubisoft demonstrator. "We have Chicago in the palm of your hand. Everything that you've seen in the game will be accessible, so different shops - pharmacies, gun shops - will also be available here. You can see everything.

"Remember the theatre that we saw? You can go and check the details, what the layout is, so that you can plan your mission. You can also get information about the organisers - facts about DeMarco."

But it's not just NPCs who fall under the app's scrutiny. Other human players will also find that their details have been uploaded to the CTOS - the American information network in Watch Dogs' cyberpunk future.

"You can monitor bad guys, and you can also monitor your friends. That way you can see your friends in real time - what they are doing, and how they did it. You can access their mission log and prepare yourself in the same way."

During the course of the main demo, Pierce took the time to 'profile' a female NPC - scanning her and then adding her details to the CTOS. This meant that new data was added to the tablet app - information that wouldn't have been there otherwise.

And according the Ubisoft demonstrator, this kind of action will have a significant impact on the overall game.

"The more you know about CTOS, the more power you going to unlock. And the more power you unlock in different districts, the more competitive you will be. That way your friends will never be the same thing, and sometimes you're going to be able to help them, or sometimes you're going to be able to challenge them."

Naturally this all leaves us with a tonne of questions, and unfortunately the Ubisoft demo team were very hesitant to provide answers.

Ubi has confirmed that Watch Dogs will be coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 as well as PC, but CEO Yves Guillemot wouldn't rule out the possibility of a next-gen appearance.

New stuff to check out


To add your comment, please login or register

User Comments

FantasyMeister's Avatar


It reminded me of Deus Ex crossed with GTA in terms of gameplay. But overall I wasn't impressed with the showing, reminded me of the press going nuts over LA Noire for all the wrong reasons and forgetting that gameplay is everything.
Posted 16:08 on 06 June 2012
Karlius's Avatar


While this game looks awesome it doesn't deserve the creaming in ones pants it's getting. This is just another use of Ubisoft's generic game engine IP's with a slight twist. Games now playing exactly the same with slightly different skins, weapons and one ore two unique moves are:

Assassins Creed
Splinter Cell
Prince of Persia
and now Watch Dogs

Not played the new GRAW but wouldn't be surprised to hear you are now scaling walls and mimicking AC style executions.

Will I enjoy it - yes. Does it look good - yes. Is it ground breaking - HELL NO!!!
Posted 13:54 on 06 June 2012
Wido's Avatar


I watched the gameplay demo of this game and it looks very impressive! Keeping my eyes on this game.
Posted 11:03 on 06 June 2012
MJTH's Avatar


The more I here about this game the more I think that they should have announced it was coming to Wii U as well. The whole tablet integration just screams this.
Posted 07:11 on 06 June 2012
s_h_a_d_o's Avatar


Curiouser and curiouser...
Posted 03:19 on 06 June 2012

Game Stats

Release Date: 27/05/2014
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 361 34
View Full Site