Aiden from Watch Dogs inspired by Dexter, Walter White

Ubisoft senior producer Dominic Guay says protagonist in new open-world game "not necessarily a good guy," but is someone players can relate to.

Aiden Pearce, the main character in Ubisoft's upcoming open-world action game Watch Dogs, is not specifically a good person, nor is he inherently evil, according to the developer.

Senior producer Dominic Guay explained in a new ZoomIn Games video interview that Ubisoft was inspired by Dexter from Showtime's Dexter and Walter White from AMC's Breaking Bad for Aiden.

"The way we designed him is that he would not necessarily be a good guy or a bad guy," Guay said. "So we're inspired by characters like Dexter or the series like Breaking Bad, where the main character is not necessarily a good guy, but he's a person with flaws, with qualities; someone we can relate to and that you will bond with even though he does sometimes things that are not necessarily good."

Guay explained that Aiden will "evolve" throughout the course of the game, with players able to determine, to an extent, just how much the character will change.

"But Aiden is not a bad guy," Guay added. "He becomes a vigilante, so he is there to inflict his justice on the city of Chicago."

Watch Dogs launches for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC on November 19. The Xbox One and PS4 versions will be released as launch titles for those platforms.

Ubisoft expects the game to sell more than 6.2 million units. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Watch Dogs.

Showtime is owned by GameSpot parent company CBS Corp.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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mar1usedy
mar1usedy

Who are they kidding? This is Person Of Interest : The Video Game

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Dexter? No

Walter White? No

John Reese? Damn straight

As much as I like Dexter and Breaking Bad, I don't see any of those characters in what I've seen of Adien. But Mr. Reese from Person of Interest? I see plenty of. It's almost like Guay just named the top two most popular shows on cable outside of Game of Thrones to get more attention for the game. Silly dude...game is already awesome looking without illogical comparisons to random shows...

BuzzardBee
BuzzardBee

Dexter? Really? A serial killer who gets away with murder each week. And White? I kind of wish I hadn't read this article now. I was totally looking forward to playing Watch Dogs, but knowing now that Aiden was inspired by two character I despise most on TV... Dunno. On the fence now. Might just wait a few months till it goes on sale on Steam. Maybe not even then.

Batmanager
Batmanager

I can't relate to Dexter and Walter White.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

I'm not typically a big fan of Sandbox - open world, type games, but this does really look interesting and if nothing else I believe it deserves some attention, I will probably rent it before making a final decision.

videogamer008
videogamer008

i TOTALLY can relate to Aiden because he could possibly been hacked by some mallicous enemies and he's getting back at them by doing what he does BEST!  and... thats using his GREAT hacking skills against them.. i like Aiden because he takes matters in his own hands and i do that too.  really honest here: if you do me wrong or my family wrong, a little tip: call an ambulance ahead of time before comforting me... i am NOT threatening anybody on here because i LOVE and RESPECT you guys on here.

SeriousGamer07
SeriousGamer07

Dexter and Breaking Bad are awesome, I can't wait for this game! 

roman4545
roman4545

"He becomes a vigilante, so he is there to inflict his justice on the city of Chicago." 

 > Person Of Interest

MasterManiac772
MasterManiac772

This society has no idea what it means to be a "good" person, anyway, so the analysis is inherently moot.

vivalatour
vivalatour

I really like these guys imagination and I would like it more if they could hand us a complete finished game before the original release , I know I know everyone has heard this before , but , I will never stop trying ! maybe if I butter them up more by saying they're the most brilliant designers in history of video gaming , will that help ? if it does not I will move them to around 4th spot hahaha


Bahamut50
Bahamut50

Lol this game isn't out yet and because of some choice quotes, people believe they somehow have a basis to super hate on it. Oh boy, i've been meaning to check this out but maybe i'll buy it simply to follow in step with the snap judgement going on in this forum (in reverse, of course)

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

What? Walter white is greedy, MUrderer And one hell of a liar. Well ill check for some walkthrough of  this game and see the resemblance

duniacz
duniacz

i think aiden also look like rorschach from watchmen in many side like voice, outfit, a vigilante and also the way he walk with his hand inside the jacket

gamer4ever7777
gamer4ever7777

does that mean Aiden can cook meth in this game?

6matt6
6matt6

Do they mean early season Dexter where he was much closer to watch a real serial killer thinks and acts like or later series Dexter where he is basically the Punisher? 

AlexFili
AlexFili

Cannot wait for this game

GammA_ZA
GammA_ZA

Awesome! I am a huge fan of Dexter and Breaking Bad. So far from what I've seen, Watch Dogs will be an excellent game.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Inspired by some psychopaths. That's pretty cool, especially Walter White. I have never seen an episode of Dexter so I can't speak for him.

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

Ahh fuck it I'm not buying this AC and GTA for me...

peterp94
peterp94

Why don't they admit it's just Person of Interest as a game

aloufika
aloufika

who wanna be inspired by a sick crazed dirty scum of a person ?

Dreamagus
Dreamagus

"oh look, series are popular, so we'll say our character is based on series so we'll sell more!"

DannyBoy2k
DannyBoy2k

"'we're inspired by characters like Dexter [...]  someone we can relate to"

If you're inspired by, and can relade to, a sociopath who is a mass murdered who tortures his victims...that REALLY makes me wonder about this game...

This, of course, on top of the fact that the back story of Dexter is the single most broken one I have heard of in television, which also is a mark in the 'CON' column.

hystavito
hystavito

"with players able to determine, to an extent, just how much the character will change." 

I highly doubt this.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Maybe Aiden Pearce can cook too?

I can't imagine Tom Cruise, mediocre actor, doing this two amazing characters. xD

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I don't see this working out well, despite what are obviously good intentions.  Walter White and Dexter are characters that are so precisely created that they can gain audience sympathies despite obviously being evil.  The writing of this game would need to be well beyond what I've seen in any game to really pull off an anti-hero the audience can relate to. Sure it'll be fun whether the guy's a villain or not, but the level of writing needed leaves me skeptical as to if they can do what they say.

snossage
snossage

@roman4545 I showed my wife a bunch of Watchdogs footage, that's the exact parallel she drew. We'll probably end up playing it together because of the similarities to the show, which will be a welcome change from the kart racing I drag her into on occasion.

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

@MasterManiac772  This is true.. Makes even more sense because probably over 80% of our leaders are corrupt.... IMO

Bahamut50
Bahamut50

@6matt6 Judging by how gameplay looks, i'd naturally assume the later seasons.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@tightwad34 If you liked Breaking Bad, you'll enjoy Dexter too. At least that's my case. You should give it a chance.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@SlaviksG GTA all the way, but I would get this over AC just because I haven't played this. Still, I'm not very sold on this.

predatorGS
predatorGS

@peterp94 copyright, etc. I'm going to play this as if I were John Reese, and a friend will be playing Harold Finch on the tablet (and vice versa). It's going to be great.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@downloadthefile You mean like Agent 47, Frank Castle, Niko Belic, Altair, Ezio, Kain, Alex Mercer? Those are just from the top of my head at 2.20 am, but I could think of better examples of greatly written anti-heroes in games.

roman4545
roman4545

@snossage cool !

Dont get me wrong... Watch Dogs the game itself is very awesome, I cant wait to play the game.. but its just soo like-eye catching.. when i think of the Tv show it immediately reminds me of the game and vice versa ! 

bsmith12
bsmith12

Are not all meth dealers crooked ?

tightwad34
tightwad34

@xsonicchaos Thanks for the recommendation. If there were more hours in a day I would check it out. But if I do find the time I may have to.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@predatorGS @peterp94 That would be so cool. I'm going to play it like Reese too (what with being able to shoot opposition in the knee rather than kill them). One of the main reasons I want to play this is because PoI is my second favorite series ever.

snossage
snossage

@roman4545 @snossage I have to admit, whenever I catch an episode I find myself getting amped for Watchdogs. I mostly went off open world/sand box titles for a while, however, for me the next gen is all about scale, I'm looking forward to titles like Destiny and DA: Inquisition (It looks like Bioware are back on form, fingers crossed).

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

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