Watch Dogs screenshot
Watch Dogs screenshot

Watch Dogs' Aiden Pearce now has realistically-animated thumbs thanks to the extra development time afforded to the game by its six month delay, animation director Colin Graham has told the Ubi Blog.

"We animated Aiden's thumb movements so he's better at hacking," Graham explained. "For example, when he hacks a tower, you'll see he clicks on the screen properly with his thumb. We didn't have that quite right before."

Nimble fingers aren't the only piece of impressive animation you'll find in Watch Dogs, which Graham says is possible on the new generation systems because of the increase in memory availability.

"The animation is always a bottleneck on memory, so we can have a lot more diversity and variety now," he explained.

Other examples of this animation system include guys flipping signs in front of shops, living statue street buskers and Chicago's bucket drummers.

"You will never see the same thing twice, guaranteed," Graham concluded. "Your experience is unique. You go around this corner and the ten people that are there will be ten completely different people. Ten different profiles, ten different backgrounds, different actions, different combinations of actions."

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. A Wii U version is said to be coming at a later date.

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It's unclear if previous gen versions will feature accurately animated thumbs.

Source: Ubi Blog

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Neon-Soldier32

This news story will come around to bite them if the game itself turns out to be WatchDog*****e.
Posted 17:04 on 16 April 2014
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Manguy17@ Havel

I did spend quite a while just having batman gleefully swirl his thumbs around...
Posted 13:54 on 16 April 2014
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Havel

Sweet, thumbs are important to. Batman hacking was all thumbs, the smallest details are the ones we would notice most in a high res world, I'm looking forward to this one.
Posted 11:14 on 16 April 2014
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wacky_

Sounds like a good way to spend time and money. I'm sure many of us were worried that Aiden's thumb animations wouldn't be up to scratch.
Posted 10:15 on 16 April 2014
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9193bb

Get the feeling they have spent a lot of money making the animations perfect but will the game be more enjoyable as a result that is the question.
Posted 09:52 on 16 April 2014

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