Ubisoft details Watch Dogs multiplayer

Watch Dogs incorporates online play into its single-player world, with a multiplayer mode that recalls Dark Souls and Assassin's Creed.

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Ubisoft has lifted the lid off the multiplayer component of its upcoming open-world game Watch Dogs, detailing the Dark Souls-meets-Assassin's Creed multiplayer.

Multiplayer is not a separate mode in Watch Dogs and revolves around attempts to plant viruses on the phones of other players as they roam around their single-player game. A percentage bar appears onscreen while a player is being hacked, and this triggers a mission where the victim must track down his assailant before the virus is successfully planted. These hacking attempts can be defeated by either tracking down or killing the attacker.

All players--both the hacker and the target--see themselves as Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pierce, with the other player appearing as a generic in-game non-player character. Successful hackers need to blend into the world and remain incognito, Ubisoft adds, in a way reminiscent of the multiplayer seen in the Assassin's Creed series.

It will also be possible to use Watch Dogs' multiplayer to just watch other players, or grief and assist other players as they roam the environment--run vehicles off the road during a chase, for instance.

Ubisoft has yet to determine how exactly successful hackers will be rewarded for successful infiltration, but says that players become more notorious and susceptible to being hacked themselves the more times they plant viruses on others.

Ubisoft also adds that players can opt out of Watch Dogs' multiplayer modes if they wish, though all players will find themselves hacked once as part of the campaign. Watch Dogs also switches multiplayer off during its main and side missions.

Watch Dogs will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U on November 19. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will follow in 2013.

Discussion

105 comments
DaSolidestSnake
DaSolidestSnake

I preordered my PS4 watch dogs amazon launch bundle IMMEDIATELY after reading the second paragraph. I was already 99% there but this pushed me over, something about messing with people playing their game just sounds so fun. And I always wanted to play dark sould MP but never got a chance, this sounds better.


HACK THE PLANET!

stealth6spy
stealth6spy

System Exclusive Feature: If a player is successfully hacked while on an Xbox One, the hacker is able to watch you through the Kinect camera. 

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Hacking: Getting access to others' electronical communication devices and sending your own naked pics to it that will cause mental damage to the victim.

mstrchf12
mstrchf12

So...people on Xbox One can't go off and just be getting hacked all the time????

bksonic123
bksonic123

I don't like the fact that "all players will find themselves hacked once as part of the campaign". Is this via online or offline? If it's online, then it's just DRM. That's annoying, but still looking forward to this game.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

'incorporates online play into its single-player world'

Awful, why they would want to do this. Disguised DRM, its like SimCity and Dioblo where you have to be always online to play single player game. Alright ubisoft you just lost a sale.

Domien123
Domien123

Can just Somebody please answer my question: if i play watch dogs and my friend, we are both on our own pc. CAN I JOIN HIS GAME AND HELP HIM IN CO-OP, by completing missions together driving away in the same car etc. And when i'm in his game can i help him to get another player who is hacking my friend's phone, by killing the hacker?

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

I hope it is not AC style MP, because that gets old real fast. Actually I hope MP isn't there at all.

Setzera
Setzera

I'm hoping I can play it mostly co-op using either another controller, or an android phone at least.  If not, I'll get it when it's come down in price, cuz it looks awesome.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Didn't they say earlier that this would be incorporated into the missions as well? While it sounds cool, I don't see how much use it will be if we can't even interact with people during missions. That should be optional, if anything.

BYOBando123
BYOBando123

My phone is the one true phone and non-shall hack it.  Bring it on guys; I'm so excited for this game.

TirOrah
TirOrah

Pretty much every article on this game just gets me more excited! I'm seriously questioning if I will be able to hold out on buying it until I buy a PS4. This could be the game that gets me into PS+ just for the multiplayer, I'd love being able to watch and help other players. (I'm not much of a troll tbh, but things can change!) So hoping for this game to be amazing! I don't think I could bear it if it got messed up somehow. 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

This is just awful. I hope I can turn that s**t down. Honestly, it sounds annoying and nonsensical as f**k.

Kriz7nwa
Kriz7nwa

I see this next gen games and the xbox one online makes more sense for you to get the full experience out of the game

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Demon/Dark Souls changed the industry in a good way.  As frustrating at it was to have a red dude suddenly warp into your game and flatten you solid, it was still quite a bit of fun.  Seeing so many games at E3 this year that have clearly been influenced by this type of multiplayer/online, is exciting to say the least.

This is one of the big reasons I am excited for Dark Souls II.  That tension is something I've not experienced in a game since I got that last achievement in Dark Souls.  I look forward to more.

chieflion
chieflion

okay wow i dont think people are grasping the fun of this shit

can u imagine ur like being chased by some other dude and some other 3rd dude hacks ur truck and u gotta jump out of the bridge into the water cuz hes drving u off the bridge. thats fucking cool brajh, thats gametastic shit. i appreciate the option an i aint hating on nonliners but 

CHiiiieeeefff. is all i have to say.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

As long as i have the choice to turn it off, that sounds pretty dope honestly.

madnjpn
madnjpn

I hope Ubisoft won't fail with multiplayer for this game, 100% I'm going to turn off MP during playing, but anyway some kind of co-op would be great, something like escaping police with friend or investigating something with friend. The only thing I didn't like from the gameplay, was car handling! It was very ARCADE like and it is stupid for this kind of game, Ubisoft please think of this... Still glad that GTA V is coming earlier than this..

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

I could see myself playing through most of the story with those features off and on my second more messing around playthrough giving it a try.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

any speak of co-op? 

if they're ripping off dark souls at least put some gankers in :D

netter99
netter99

I will also opt out, maybe I will turn on the multiplayer on every once in a while. But atleast it automatically turns off during missions no matter what

surferosh
surferosh

i am definitely going to opt out of the multiplayer mode.. i want to stick with solo play so i can do it at my own sweet pace and in my own sweet time

adamperez2
adamperez2

@bksonic123 Why do people bitch about DRM? If you have a Steam account and play on there, guess what! DRM! There's no point in bitching about it if you use it everyday without noticing.

3SidedSquare
3SidedSquare

@El_Zaggy If you actually read the article, it says that you can turn the feature off. It's completely unnecessary. 

DaSolidestSnake
DaSolidestSnake

@poorlydisguisedtroll - try to disguise yourself better next time

TheAlmightyCow
TheAlmightyCow

@Domien123 Probably not. It doesn't really look like it if you read the whole article. Buit hey, who knows?

Mariner32
Mariner32

@Grimkillah Did you even read the article? The only thing the MP has in common with AC is that you can hide amongst the crowds of the city to remain anonymous. If anything, it seems to have more in common with Dark Souls and the world invasion mechanic. Also, they stated that you can turn off MP interactions altogether.

peckleteackle
peckleteackle

@Kriz7nwa  peer-to-peer on an xbox or peer-to-peer on a ps4. I think I'll go PC and then ps4 for the community

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Kriz7nwa So you just decided to create a new account on this website just to tell us the good word of the mighty xbox one.

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

@Bgrngod One of the most tense moments I've had in gaming was when playing Dark Souls, the words "You're Being Invaded" appeared. And AC's multiplayer also was different and innovative. Just hopes they blend well into Watch Dogs. 

shyvanabeifong
shyvanabeifong

@chieflion Yea I don't get why people are getting to rilled up about the MP , tailing a NCP is one thing but a real player, that's a whole new experience

Kriz7nwa
Kriz7nwa

The only problem that i think i am going to have, its gonna be imposible to finish the story with people trolling all the time. But other than that let the hacking begin.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@chieflion  nuh-uh I want my SP experience only bcuz I'm antisocial as a hax0r lololol. I'm joking.

adamperez2
adamperez2

@thequickshooter "Ripping off" Watch_Dogs has been in development since 2009. A good bit before Dark Souls was even announced, which they only worked on for a year before announcing.

Domien123
Domien123

@TheAlmightyCow @Domien123It will also be possible to use Watch Dogs' multiplayer to just watch other players, or grief and assist other players as they roam the environment--run vehicles off the road during a chase, for instance. I dont know in the interview they aren't saying anything of co-op between non mobile players but there is the still the gameplay movie which showes that there is a person who helps aiden pearce (he calls him, and the objective is 'Protect Aiden Pearce'

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@AshTrai@xsonicchaos I read it, but I still have a bad feeling. There are 2 quotes that worry me: "players can opt out..., though all players will find themselves hacked once as part of the campaign" whatever that means and "Multiplayer is not a separate mode in Watch Dogs and revolves around attempts to plant viruses on the phones of other players as they roam around their single-player game."

Dude, I'm as hyped up as the next guy, I already pre-ordered the collector's edition, so I'm not a nonbeliever, but don't ask me to not be worried in these harsh times. I'm becoming f**king paranoid as the minutes go by.

Kriz7nwa
Kriz7nwa

Ok you got me i am trying to change everybody opinion on the xbox ... Not lol actually I have always watch the e3 through tv but change providers and now i got to see online so no i am not an microsoft employee

shyvanabeifong
shyvanabeifong

@chieflion And when they said "You might get hacked on SP" they never said if it was real player or NCP? 

Ivora
Ivora

@Kriz7nwa The article said MP modes are automatically suspended while on a mission, it will only happen when you're just free roaming.

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

@xsonicchaos @AshTrai "...players will find themselves hacked once as part of the campaign" sounds like it's related and tied in to the story. And "Multiplayer is not a separate mode" most likely is just saying it's a single mode and that there will not be an option of the beginning of the game to play sole single player mode and a multiplayer mode to select from the beginning screen (like Read Dead for example). 

It does sound a lot like Dark Souls multiplayer which works really well and can be turned off if you wish. It also probably won't require internet to play so if you're that worried you can simply disconnect your system. 

Kriz7nwa
Kriz7nwa

Oh man I wasnt looking forward to getting trolled but doing the trolling its a whole different subject but hey thanks for the info anyway