Watch Dogs creative director says story is 35-40 hours long

Watch Dogs’ creative director said doing everything in the game will take closer to 100 hours.

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Watch Dogs’ main story will take you about 35-40 hours to complete, the game’s creative director Jonathan Morin said on Twitter.

“I would say the average player which does free roam a bit tend to reach the end within 35-40h. But doing everything is close 100h,” he said. “And these don't really consider online stuff in the mix…”

Morin previously revealed that Watch Dogs will feature an 8-player free roam online mode. The game also includes a head-to-head multiplayer mode, where players will hunt down other human players and use their hacking skills to affect the world to their benefit.

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Wii U version will come sometime later.

For more on Watch Dogs, be sure to check out GameSpot editor Shaun McInnis' recent extensive hands-on preview of the game from his recent trip to Ubisoft Montreal.

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Discussion

319 comments
therealsmoothg
therealsmoothg

This game looks phenomenal can't wait to play it.

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

This game does look interesting, but something in the back of my mind is telling me that Rockstar is going to drop the PC and next-gen port job bomb of GTA V right before Watch Dogs is released in May because they have very quiet after the hoopla of them saying that GTA V will come to the PC and the next-gen platforms in early January when Watch Dogs was supposed to be released before it got delayed. Just a feeling I have and it might be wrong, never can tell these things.

Algearond
Algearond

This is definitely on my list of must plays for this year

Poncho_Hachacha
Poncho_Hachacha

Soooo about 18-25 hours for the main campaign and 40-50 hours to do everything. Gotcha.

Shitname
Shitname

Still haven't decided if I'm going to buy this for the PS3 or take the leap into next Gen and play it on the shiny!?

EdmundKain4682
EdmundKain4682

Hmm dont see how its graphics are bad. Not the greatest I admit but still good. If people are bitching about it downgrading I can understand why the might need to. These Next gens are still fairly new they might not just be ready to use them effectively yet. So you want be seeing any nextgen graphics for a while still programmers can catch and understand them better.

starjay009
starjay009

For those fools whining about graphics, take a look at DS2 first and then comment. That game blows graphics wise and looks as if it was meant to be played on the PS2. This game looks gorgeous graphically from what I have seen; especially on next gen and PC platforms. There will obviously be a few glitches because of its scale and ambition but I am sure Ubisoft will deliver handsomely.  

Psycold
Psycold

I got about 70 hours out of Far Cry 3 before I got bored, if I get that 50+ hours out of a $50 game then it's worth it to me. 

sudarsanvrs
sudarsanvrs

How many of them are going to be padded just like the Assassins creed games

Truvietplaya
Truvietplaya

That's great news. One of my top 3 games I've been looking forward to this year. 

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Well that kinda makes up for the severely downgraded graphics....eh it kinda doesn't. 

Sndewey
Sndewey

Excellent; love a game.

Creed02
Creed02

35-40 hrs... sounds like a RPG title 

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

Who the f cares what he says? We'll find out the truth when the reviews come out... 



bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

Much like any Assassin's Creed game, I'm basically going to pretend that the online component doesn't exist. I'm looking forward to getting a lot of hours out of this game though. I'm a bit of a completionist so if there's stuff to collect & side missions in plenty, I'll be hooked.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

That is awesome, just hope the game lives up to even half of the hype.

gunneysean
gunneysean

Question for Gamespot: are you guys and gals doing a video gameplay preview? I heard that Ubisoft is doing a event next month can you confirm?

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I call their bluff; however, I would love to be wrong.  Here is to hoping!

vlad_rome
vlad_rome

that game is going to rock! :)

I love it already!

mokalid
mokalid

the graphic fucking sucks

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

They said Assassins Creed 4 would take 20 hours to complete.... They were kinda right, but that's only because 50% of the time you're sailing or stalking someone... I hope the missions in Watch Dogs are a little more varied.. Other than that, I actually believe them when they say it's around 35-40 hours long.. Nice game to stretch out over the summer months!

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Been so many years since a -non JRP- game with a lengthy campaign like this was released -probably on Ps2 even. Good stuff.

ganondorf77
ganondorf77

 For me, this is the minimum length for any $50 game, no matter what genre, to even opt the 5-10 range score.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I happy that the storyline will take a bit to comeplete. 40-50 hrs long. or 100 if you have to find every collectable.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I just want to know if the game's going to look awsome like the original trailers, or like a PS2 game like more recent footage.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Way to pull me back in finally an action game that I won't beat in a week. You guys had me worried that the focus switched to online multiplayer neglecting the campaign now I see this wasn't the case.

themc_7
themc_7

I'm pumped for this game. I'm the type who'll play for 100 hours. Why wouldn't you do everything that the game has to offer? In Farcry3 I went 1000/1000, every outpost, letter, collectible, etc. You paid for the game, why not play it in its entirety?

endorbr
endorbr

Man that title is misleading.  He said the average player will take 35-40 hours to complete the game, not that the story is that long.  Big difference. 

charon_rising
charon_rising

@Poncho_Hachacha  Because we all want to beat the game ASAP? I'll take his word for it being ~35-40. This game will play out like assassins creed. Look:


CtOS = AC Viewpoints = Farcry outposts.

ATM's = AC chests = Farcry relics .

Sidequests will be  like assassin contracts seen in AC cities/forts or the Sidequests in Farcry 3.


It's the quintessential ubisoft formula. Works on every game. So if it's any indication I am gonig to agree it's more like 60+ hrs.

charon_rising
charon_rising

@Creed02  ...Sounds like AC IV territory, it's Ubisoft after all. They'll whip out their typical 40+ hr grind rpg formula.

hystavito
hystavito

@bbq_R0ADK1LL  I just hope stuff like the side missons don't become repetitive, but they probably will.  Sometimes such missions can still keep me hooked, like in Skyrim, but there I think the exploration and finding new locations was the reason.  That definitely won't be the case in Watch Dogs' Chicago, so the missions themselves will have to be varied, but again that's just not likely.


I think a lot of the stuff will be drawn from a few basic templates with only minor variation.  Stuff like the following a criminal activity, it's most likely going to become boring after the 10th or so time as you see one of a few scripted sequences playing out in the same manner over and over.


That's a big problem for me, simple scripted events instead of something like more diverse AI.  Is the criminal always going to run down an alley around a corner to where his car and another car for you are waiting?  If you were to stand in a different position will the AI flee a different way?  If you see the car can you first block that exit and see the AI react accordingly?  More importantly, will that car even be there, or will it be spawned in response to the triggering of the sequence?  That's the kind of stuff I am talking about.


Yes I'm a bit of a pessimist :).

sanchango
sanchango

@VegasAceVII  it's a lie it's actually 39 hours and 59 minutes of gameplay. I got to pass on this game now. lol XD

fanirama
fanirama

@ganondorf77  precisely the reason why I never buy any CoD or BF games unless they're <$10. They have 3-4 hr SP campaign and I don't care for MP. 

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@BamaGoatt The campaign was probably done and dusted before the delay.

LilithN
LilithN

@themc_7  Yeah I'm exactly the same. However sometimes I just feel that even though my "completionist" addiction is satisfied I wasted much time with the same game, doing the same thing/farming, while so many good games are coming out (well not this year so far...), especially as I dont have much time left on my hands beside work and pampering my bf.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@themc_7  well to be fair it's all about enjoying the experience some of us including me don't have that completionist bug or time to play through a long game more than once. I also refuse to buy game guides as I like to discover stuff without an item map telling me where it is. That said I do know people like you that like or need to 100% a game. I happen to think it is a horder brain type they need to collect every little thing to feel accomplished. These same friends never sale their games they feel it's a ripoff. Nothing wrong with thinking that way just saying most gamers do not have that need or motivation to do it.

thefinalzapkeet
thefinalzapkeet

@endorbr i don't really see what is misleading. if you're just going through the main story in a game like this you're, essentially, speedrunning.  he even mentioned that the game would be that way if you did some of the major side activities.  it's like playing farcry 3 without capturing a base.  99% of people are going to capture the bases

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

@hystavito @bbq_R0ADK1LL  Yeah, I'm hoping there are a few different ways those situations can play out. Since it's coming from Ubisoft, games like AC Black Flag & Far Cry 3 are probably the closest examples to look at. I really enjoyed the stealth elements in taking bases in FC3 & I think the latest AC edition made a lot of improvements in variety & fun over previous games so I'm optimistic.

Pessimism is probably the way to go though, at least you can be pleasantly surprised. I'm sure I'm in for a few let downs.

mokalid
mokalid

@stickybun @mokaliddon't blame me, blame your mother she stoped teaching me grammar after i stopped fucking her guess she was pissed! 

mokalid
mokalid

@West123 @mokalidi mean the graphic when they showed us the game for the first time, you think the graphic on pc will be like before?

themc_7
themc_7

@LilithN @themc_7  Sometimes the completionist in me, ruins games. I went a 1000/1000 on Dishonored and I am now so sick of that game I want to throw it in the garbage. I did the same with RedDead Redemption,Dead Space, RE4, and a couple other games.

endorbr
endorbr

@thefinalzapkeet @endorbrWhat the creative director said wasn't misleading.  But the title of the article is because it says that he said the story is 35-40 hours long.  That isn't what he said.  He said the average player is going to take 35-40 hours to complete the game.  Big difference.

brownyyy
brownyyy

@gamefreak215jd @West123 @mokalid What is it with you guys and graphics " oh there different then they showed us" big wow all games are shown on the high end systems. Dont coplain like your owed something graphics are the last thing you should care about surely gameplay and story are what makes a game not real time lighting and high textures.