The next-gen versions of Watch Dogs will offer "the real HD experience", Ubisoft has said, before assuring current-gen players that they won't get a "bad experience" should they choose to play it on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.
"We know not everyone will be rushing out to buy the new PS4 or Xbox One right away and that's totally okay," wrote Ubisoft communications associate Anne Lewis on the official Ubi Blog.
"Enter the 'fourth pillar' of [Watch Dogs' engine] Disrupt: The engine was built for next-gen, but it’s flexible enough to allow owners of current-gen systems to still get an amazing experience."
To get around the technical limitations of Xbox 360 and PS3, senior producer Dominic Guay explains that "on current-gen systems we may need to cut down the number of people on the street a little, but it's still the same game.
"You don't get the same sense of the crowd, but it allows us to scale certain bits and keep the same experience."
And animation director Colin Graham claims that "players are going to know they aren't getting a bad experience if they play Watch Dogs for the current gen, but the next gen is the real HD experience.
"You can zoom in another level. You can have better shaders, better simulation on the wind or the water, more particles, better atmospherics... Basically anything you can get with more computing power."
Current-gen footage of Watch Dogs has yet to be released by Ubisoft.
Watch Dogs launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U on November 22. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions have yet to be dated.
Source: Ubi Blog