Watch Dogs Headed to New Jersey?

Ubisoft teases that an expansion coming this fall could be set in the crime-rich city of Camden.

Ubisoft's record-breaking and critically acclaimed open-world game Watch Dogs could be trekking to New Jersey for a future expansion, according to new details posted to the game's official Twitter account.

Ubisoft tweeted, "Our data indicates surveillance has become more prominent in high-crime areas." Included with this tweet was an image that reads, "The city of Camden, New Jersey had the highest crime rate in the US in 2012. A 24/7 surveillance program is now in effect."

A Watch Dogs fan responded to this tweet by asking if it was in reference to a downloadable expansion for the game. The Watch Dogs account replied by saying, "coming this fall!"

A 2012 study that used crime data from the FBI named Camden the most violent city in the United States with a population of more than 75,000.

The $20 Watch Dogs DLC pass includes new single-player content that has you playing as a character named T-Bone, a man described as a "brilliant but eccentric hacker who lives by his own rules."

Watch Dogs launched in May for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. A Wii U version is currently in development and is scheduled to launch sometime this fall.

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Techtroll
Techtroll

Another boring city and an even more boring game

Creed02
Creed02

Japan would be good though

hystavito
hystavito

Although it's not a big city, an entirely new town is surprising as DLC.

NTM23
NTM23

So, story DLC? If so, I may be in just to check out the new areas.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Straight into Camden, a boring loser named Aiden...

meedokicky
meedokicky

That must be some expensive DLC!


Anyway, I guess I am one of the few who loved the game? heh :P and I play it on my mid-range PC.

zintarr
zintarr

Watchdogs was such a boring fricking game. Yes it looked good but overall it was crap...keep your expansion.

snake3rules
snake3rules

Curious to see if their NJ will also spit in the face of the people who live there and know the city (... like their "chicago" did).... Seriously one of the worst realized versions of a major city, ever... nothing like the real city, both in layout, neighborhoods etc ... and the design choices are just literally confusing... why even call it chicago if people who live there hardly recognize any real life counterparts, and they do it a complete disservice?? just call it Newtown or some other made up BS like so many other games.

themc_7
themc_7

included in the season pass? Doubtful

charlesswann
charlesswann

Not releasing this game with steam helped kill this game.  That and it is the same old shitte.

warriors30
warriors30

Well, still better than Detroit.

(Shots fired)

elheber
elheber

Where do you come up with this, Ubisoft? A brilliant but eccentric hacker, T-Bone, who lives by his own rules. Please don't make him black.

Edit: I see there is already teaser video of T-Bone. And at least I can't tell.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

I've no desire to even complete the base game. Mind-numbingly boring and repetitious. Has the honor of being the first game from Ubi that turned me off to an IP in its first edition.

wookiegr
wookiegr

This game is unplayable on my PC and it's a 3-way SLI system. I have no interest in a sequel unless they upgrade their game engine. Watch Dogs is ten times more buggy on PC than Battlefield 4 was.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Ubisoft tweeted, "Our data indicates surveillance has become more prominent in high-crime areas." Included with this tweet was an image that reads, "The city of Camden, New Jersey had the highest crime rate in the US in 2012. A 24/7 surveillance program is now in effect."

That pretty insulting to the City of Camden...It's true, but still.  They just got called out!

unreal849
unreal849

Watch Dogs headed to New Jersey... along with the rest of our trash.

guydude3412
guydude3412

I live in NJ! But Camden is a SCARY place. They do have a Cambels factory and a really nice aquarium

travis1987
travis1987

Watch Dogs 2 should be set in England.

ritamray32
ritamray32

I also played it on mid-range pc and enjoyed it on low settings

ECH71
ECH71

@zintarr While it wasn't the most interesting game ever, it was far from boring. Unlike GTA: San Andreas for example, where I literally dozed off every hour or so and had to push myself to finish the damn game.


Most fun GTA-style game for me was Vice City. That game was just perfect in so many ways.

NTM23
NTM23

@zintarr I liked it, but it was definitely not the game many people were hoping it to be. I wasn't someone that was extremely excited for it; it looked alright, but got it and enjoyed it. I wouldn't want to consider it in my best five games of this year, but in the top ten, sure. That being said, there weren't that many games this year to me that have reached that status, so Watch Dogs may just be in the top five of this year.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@snake3rules Well, it had L trains, so to us 'outlanders' that automatically means it has to be Chicago or New York. Then it has those big cannals running through it and those big 'tilty' bridges so yep... It's Chicago alright! Didn't see much pizza though! :p :D

jski
jski

@snake3rules I could not agree more, I grew up in Chicago and with the exception of the Sears Tower, Grant Park, and a little bit of the Chicago river, it looked and felt NOTHING like Chicago. And there is no town like Pawnee that close to Chicago. You can start at the lake and drive 30 minutes west, north, or south and you are still in buildings and developed areas. I understand if they can't get all the names because of licensing fees, but there was absolutely no reason for the city to have a totally improper and unrealistic layout. I'm so glad I'm not the only person that hated their depiction of Chicago. For anyone that has never been there, Watch Dogs does not get you even close.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

@charlesswann What's your definition of "killed this game"? They sold bajillion copies already. 

jski
jski

@elheber T-Bone was in the main game. He is white. Why does it matter anyway?


unreal849
unreal849

@wookiegr  On the plus side, the V-sync has a two-frame delay option, ensuring that you will never break 30fps  :P

B0NES96
B0NES96

@EasyComeEasyGo Lol. Not the Jersey Shore. That's on the other side of New Jersey. NJ isn't that big but still.

guydude3412
guydude3412

I live in the town where they shoot the show

guydude3412
guydude3412

Well that's a pretty prejudice and broad statement

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@guydude3412  Is a nice aquarium worth entering that area for, I doubt it, considering a young man has a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of violence in that area, that's a scary rate.

Baltimore is getting pretty bad too.

gamer7736
gamer7736

@travis1987 Too many American kids are too stupid to know you're supposed to drive on the left and will complain to Ubisoft that the game is bugged. It would be fun though.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@travis1987 Seriously, as someone who lives in England, I'd love to see an open world game in general set there.

jski
jski

@JohnMafia @charlesswann And how many of those were pre-order, or pre-review. Mine was. I won't buy the next one unless the reviews are just amazing. The game was awful in most ways a game can be awful. I don't think this franchise is going to be a long lived one unless they knock it out of the park with the next one. And also they could try to make the next city actually look like the city it is supposed to be. Except for a couple buildings, Chicago looks nothing like that.

elheber
elheber

@jski @elheber Because his name was T-Bone and the rest of his character sounded like a cliche.

B0NES96
B0NES96

@mkeezay22 I've been to that aquarium plenty of times. Also, went a few blocks away for an interview. It's not a big deal driving there. Just don't go anywhere else or get off the major roads. Lol

guydude3412
guydude3412

It is scary, but the aquarium is nice. You have to give it that

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@gamer7736 HA!

Always makes me think of Kevin Kline in A Fish called Wanda.  

"Asssssshooooooooole!"

travis1987
travis1987

@DamnILoveGames All the way bro, you could be part of some Madchester mob employed by them to be an hacker but when your pal in the police force gets killed in a raid gone wrong now you have to infiltrate the group to get to the boss who orchestrated all of it and kill him, side quests present of course :)


did you ever play the getaway on PS2?

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@olddadgamer @The-Neon-Seal @snake3rules I don't think you can buy hotdogs. You can buy energy drinks and over-priced coffee though... 


'That'll be twenty eight dollars...'

'AWESOME!'

jski
jski

@elheber @jski LOL, I got you. You thought it was going to be negative stereotype central. No worries, he was actually one of the few good characters in the game.

guydude3412
guydude3412

Oh okay. It can be hard to tell a joke on the internet. But nevermind. Sorry for bothering you

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@The-Neon-Seal Well then heck with it.


Just started up with TLOU, which, I am told, starts in my native city of Boston.  I'm curious to see what they did with that.  I'm kinda rooting for Fallout 4 to be set here, too.  Blowing all kinds of stuff up around MIT would remind me of this amazing Fourth of July party I went to there in college.....

travis1987
travis1987

@DamnILoveGames Yep, and it was a great game,  such a gritty vibe, i think only British cities can give you that vibe. we can only hope bro, we can only hope.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@olddadgamer @The-Neon-Seal I've always lived in Manchester, but I think of Edinburgh as home -one of the places where I'm happiest and know almost as well as mcr- and I really want a game set in either city. Assassins Creed in Victorian Edinburgh with all the wynds and tall buildings would be amazing. If it were a modden day game you've got the undercity too!

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@travis1987 I'd love that sort of setting way too much. I'd kind of like them to get some countryside in there as well. I often drive by fields of rapeseed and the like on the way to the beach and so on, so to be able to see that in a game and just think 'Oh yeah, I could literally smash through the fence and drive all over there if I wanted to' would be friggin awesome.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@The-Neon-Seal @olddadgamer Ha, sorry, I'm so provincial that when I read the first line my first reaction was "You're from New Hampshire?"  Ah, the REAL Manchester.


I just hope we get to a point soon where place has some meaning in games.  I mean, books, movies, etc., place has a real gravity.  Imagine Chandler anywhere but LA, or Sherlock Holmes anywhere but London, or Hiassen anywhere but Florida.  It wouldn't be... what it is.  Technologically, games haven't gotten to where they can make a place BE a place unless it's fictional and we can suspend disbelief (which is why Skyrim "feels more real" than Chicago in WD, or Seattle in Infamous, even though Skyrim isn't real).