Ubisoft consulting with security firm for Watch Dogs

Developer working with Kaspersky Lab on upcoming hacking-based action game to avoid Hollywood-style depictions of hacking.

Hacking is a core element in Ubisoft Montreal's modern day action game Watch Dogs and to depict scenes and ideas correctly, the developer has sought help from an established real-world security company.

Ubisoft Montreal senior producer Dominic Guay told Joystiq that the developer is working with Kaspersky Lab, a recognized antivirus and security company. Ubisoft submits concepts to the company and the feedback it receives guides development moving forward, Guay said.

"They have really hardcore experts there on hacking," Guay said of Kaspersky Lab. "We send them some of our designs and we ask them feedback on it, and it's interesting to see what gets back. Sometimes they say, 'Yeah, that's possible, but change that word,' or, 'That's not the way it works.'"

The feedback from Kaspersky Lab, as well as input from Ubisoft engineers, is aimed at presenting a more realistic depiction of hacking, instead of a "sexed up" Hollywood version.

Set in Chicago, Watch Dogs puts players in the shoes of Aiden Pearce, a hacker who uses his smartphone to break into the city's central operating system to control things like security cameras and also to obtain personal information.

Watch Dogs launches November 19 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC. The PlayStation 4 version will be available "at the launch" of the system, while a next Xbox iteration is rumored, but has yet to be revealed.

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ardent163
ardent163

This game reminds me a lot of Uplink. Thanks for typing up this article.

TirOrah
TirOrah

Well, it's nice to see that they're trying hard to make it believable. Marketing stunt or no, at least they're putting in effort. Eager to see what Watch Dogs brings to the table. :)

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

Hollywood used consultants on the movie Top Gun and almost any pilot will tell you that the way they depict flying is far form realistic.  This game has been on my radar for a while now.  Hopefully this is not a gimmick and will make for a better game.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

"Trying to avoid Hollywood-style depictions of hacking" when the girl in the picture looks just like that Dragon Tattoo chick.

Talavaj
Talavaj

More like "Ubisoft consulting with security firm in order to strengthen their DRM".

Cainrae
Cainrae

Just because you know how to code in a game engine, doesn't mean you know how to breach security protocols. Writting game code and breaking/bypassing established security code are two -very- different things. 

cesarpo
cesarpo

This is a marketing stunt, Ubisoft is full of programmers that know all that is needed to make the hacking believable.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

I heard Uplay is a great game for wanna be hackers. 

Mojira7
Mojira7

I guess I know nothing about computer programming. I mean I'd understand Movie makers going to companies like Kaspersky and asking them about how hacking works in order to make their movie more 'believable'...But a company that makes games are full of programmers that understand coding and stuff like that right? Did they need to seek expert help on hacking?

Rainsing
Rainsing

I can see Ubisoft's marketing guys are trying hard to be creative.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

i wonder if all of that was necessary. i mean its okay but i don't think a lot of us gamers are even going to appreciate that

ThKng
ThKng

On the one hand it's good they're making it more realistic, on the other hand most types of real hacking is boring.

JoshDPU
JoshDPU

Hacking in real life might just be one of the most boring and tedious things ever, there's a good reason it's not accurately portrayed in Hollywood!

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT THE HACKING SYSTEM?  I'm only concerned about one thing and one thing only: CAN I bang that woman at some point in the game?

d3nR
d3nR

The phone hacking is actually quite simple. He unloaded extreemis to his phone. Stark style

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Let's just give them a authentic take on hacking. How about the actual steps involved? Lol

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

I just saw a trailer for Watch Dogs talking about hacking wireless access points and that it's basically like ACs waypoints. :/

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

This game looks so boring....this even confirms even more!

raweewat
raweewat

Didn't Uplay just got hacked last month? That should've given Ubisoft plenty of experience with real world hacking.

whackyq
whackyq

I didn't read it, but who's the girl =P?

Yatsukiii
Yatsukiii

I think hacking a red light with the push of a cell phone button seems pretty Hollywood like...

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

Hopefully no Kaspersky installation option integrated into the game installer

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

This could very well be Ubisoft's next Assassin's Creed. Can't wait!

ziproy
ziproy

Useless Corp. speech trying to trick you into getting excited for this game. Don't get me wrong this game looks good, but realistic?? Tuh

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

But this game will still be "Sexed up"... Have they not seen their own gameplay videos?!? I'm pretty sure the only thing realistic about this game is everything but the core gameplay... Ah well, let bygones be bygones 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Does anyone want to tell Ubisoft that unless the game makes you stare at code for hours and hours at a time, ANYTHING hacking related is gonna be "Not the way it works"

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Darth_Ultima It's one thing to enlist consultants, but it's an entirely different matter to listen to them and change things based on what they say. Or maybe the consultants weren't any good, lol. I think I heard that Ubisoft talked to Tom Clancy about Splinter Cell and Sam Fisher's gear and he said that the third green eye was ridiculous and unnecessary, but we all know they didn't listen to that. It's hard to change or kill off your pet ideas and I guess they reasoned that that they wanted to keep that third green eye as a distinguishing characteristic, no matter if it looked stupid or not.

MN121MN
MN121MN

@cesarpo Yeah, but they are all coders, hacking is quite different....


Also about this thread : Seriously, just Kaspersky Labs? They should consult more heavily on the more "experts", the ones you never heard of......

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

@Mojira7 IT is not one uniform whole. There are many segments and specializations. Knowing how to code doesn't mean you will be proficient in networking for example. 

As a network engineer, I've constructed and maintained thousands of network topologies, but I'll be first to admit that I know almost next to nothing about coding. Hell, I'm merely mediocre at web design, and that is part of the OSI. 

Hilux-
Hilux-

@Mojira7 A fresh set of eyes never hurt. and you are always bias with whatever you make, someone else would find errors faster and be more critical.


good on them.

Andava
Andava

@xxxxTRISTAMxxxx This comment is so boring....and that profile pic of a lame ass movie confirms even more!

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@whackyq She's ur m0m?  When ur m0m was younger?  Or maybe YOU'RE from the future and you go back in time and your mom hits on you, like Marty McFly.


The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Yatsukiii It isn't present day, its near future where citys have a central computer network to manage everything. There's the explenation.

kisado87
kisado87

@Yatsukiii Agreed. This threw me off a bit when watching the gameplay vids. I hope they'll flesh out the hacking a bit more, but otherwise it looks like a fun game.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

@HIT3kNology You'll probably see them on the Splash screen, if not, in the credits.

EuroLaser
EuroLaser

@DarkSaber2k They probably know that. They want it to look realistic, not simulate real hacking.

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

@dark_sith_ @Mojira7 Agreed Although to be any good at hacking to me seems like someone would have to have a passing knowledge of almost every discipline in IT.  From coding to networking to cryptography.

eternal_man101
eternal_man101

@DarkSaber2k @EuroLaser Maybe it's more about what sort of things can be hacked into and what can be accomplished with the hacked information.

My point being that it may not be about the actual process.