Watch Dogs multiplayer explained in 9-minute developer walkthrough video

Learn about the multiplayer mode for Ubisoft's ambitious open-world game in this new extended gameplay demo.

Open-world action game Watch Dogs launches next month, and though developer Ubisoft has kept relatively quiet about the game's multiplayer mode, that silence is now over. Ubisoft today released a 9-minute trailer that goes into depth about Watch Dogs' ambitious multiplayer mode.

As you'll see in the video above, Watch Dogs' multiplayer component takes a number of forms. One mode is an Assassin's Creed-style cat-and-mouse variant where you must take out your human-controlled enemy before they get to you.

In another mode, one player uses the free ctOS app for iOS or Android to control hackable items in the game world like helicopters and police, while the other player (on a console or PC) attempts to drive through checkpoints before time runs out. The mobile player can thwart their opponent's efforts by making the police chase after them or exploding steam pipes.

A third Watch Dogs multiplayer mode, called Competitive Decryption Combat, pits teams of players against each other as they try to obtain and decrypt a special digital file. Once a team acquires the file, they need to stay alive long enough to decrypt it. Enemy teams can interrupt the decryption process by hacking the environment to distract them, or by storming them and shooting them dead.

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Wii U version, which is definitely not canceled, is coming sometime later. You can read more about Watch Dogs through GameSpot editor Shaun McInnis' recently published preview. Be sure to check back later this week for even more coverage of Watch Dogs, including our thoughts about its multiplayer mode and campaign.

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whantwhant
whantwhant

I think there's a problem with the compaion app you can only help the police chase your friends on your friends list who is going to want to help the police get there friends on there friends list caught ubisoft why don't you make it so you help the police catch random people on the game who are online with xbl or psn because if you don't change it friends will be deleting use because we keep helping the police get them watch dogs you need to change it so it's random plz not friends and plz make it so the mobile app person joins anonymous because if you don't whats stoping that male or female person who we are trying to catch from giving you bad feed back or rep on your profile just because you got them please look at it ubisoft

tchanah
tchanah

Well this is going to be awesome!! 

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

Dark souls style MP by invading people's game? yes plz.

crazyman158
crazyman158

I dont understand why everybody thinks the MP is useless or "tacked on". I mean you can tell they put time into because how you initiate it. You can simply take a contract from a pedestrian and you can be in the other players game with no load screens. Also the app thing is pretty cool if your a mobile player. And the third one they showed with the decryption was really cool and it also revealed that you can get into the back of a truck without having to sit down and you can freely move around without glitching and falling down everywhere. Im sure there are bunches of other game modes and its nice to know i wont to have to go through a MP screen to play them all.

noigel
noigel

No online free roaming (yes, like GTAO) :) ? Just asking.

noigel
noigel

@crazyman158 @noigel  That was what I heard but not seeing it here made me doubt. Thanks.

mcmflyguy
mcmflyguy

@noigel well the 8 player free roam is what the whole file decryption and other team fighting was.

ddmartin2014
ddmartin2014

Game looks amazing, one of my most hyped for games in years. Watchdogs seems like it has so many things going on, and the city looks alive. Graphically looks as good as Infamous:SS, find out soon enough!

sammoth
sammoth

Looks like a solid maybe 30fps.

wonkyplanet
wonkyplanet

Hmmm A Grand Theft Auto clone type game. Not for me, too much crap driving around.

DIGN
DIGN

 The graphics downgrade really makes me sad for PS4 owners. However I'm jealous that Xbox One owners get the Direct X 12 version with 4k graphics.

hardeepmeghera
hardeepmeghera

@SureBigBuster Holy shit DX 12 with 4K graphics. Mother of god. I just. WOW. I MEAN. XBONE. JUST MINDBLOWN RIGHT NOW. Don't you wanna tell the world about your Virtual Reality thing that you've got going as well?

wallacom
wallacom

@hardeepmeghera @SureBigBuster  4k For Xbox maybe in 6 years. Im pretty sure PS4 will get there first.

SureBigBuster
SureBigBuster

Don't worry he doesn't have a clue of what he's talking about

Gen007
Gen007

MP dosen't look all that great to be honest imo and def not looking like mainstay material more annoying than anything getting hacked and what not. They probably should have just stuck to SP imo but of course the industry these days demands MP no matter how throw away it is.

allever
allever

The game looks good... but not being able to control helicopters/planes is a deal killer for me.

allever
allever

@fredyellowone It doesn't move me to want to buy it.  I may get it later when it's selling at a reasonable price.

allever
allever

@fredyellowone @allever No, that's not the whole reason. If it would have allowed for aircrafts to be controlled it would have made it more exciting to want to get it.  Otherwise, it's just blah.  It's not weird.   It's personal preferences.  E.g. Some people buy a game because the graphics are just too gorgeous.

I'm not saying I won't get it.  It just doesn't motivate me enough to want to get it at launch.

crazyman158
crazyman158

@allever  they have already released a statement about this how it wouldnt really fit into the game. The map is just a little bigger than the CITY part of gta (the city part of gta so not the country north side) although you might think that's quite small they released a following statement saying the city is VERY DENSE. Which if you look at trailers it is. You have trillions of alley ways, you can go through certain buildings and many other things. that make it very dense. it would be hard to fly a plane over the city of chicago and you would probably constantly crash a helicopter into a building. If those two factors are a deal killer for you then try to look at all the other things they are doing with the game. Because there are a lot of things they are doing with the game

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

For those of you commenting on vehicle damage, obviously he had on god mode, the other cars like the police car were getting damaged, they just probably wanted the demo to go smooth.

One thing I noticed was the game ran pretty smooth even when lots of objects were being destructed or flying around, hopefully all versions run this smooth, I know PC can keep up but I'm worried about what this game will be like on last gen consoles.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Still trying to figure out the hype with this. It obviously looks like a great game but it just seems like a hacker/cyber version of GTA. Am I missing something here?

I'm more about The Division. Now that seems more original. Plus it's next gen only

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

@Gravity_Slave  It reminds me of GTA which isn't a bad thing. I just hope the missions aren't bland like most of the sandbox style games have been lately

hystavito
hystavito

@xxmavr1kxx @Gravity_Slave  I really feel like the missions will be repetitive.  And things like hacking random citizens, how many different variations can they have for that?

crazyman158
crazyman158

@Gravity_Slave  I dont understand why everybody thinks this. I mean the only thing it's similar is with: 3rd person, open world, your in a modern city, there are cops, and you can take cars freely. Which honestly if your in an open world game in a city, you should always be able to freely take cars and there should always be cops those things are just the basic pillars of a free roam game imo.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

Was it me or did the Frame Rate jump in a lot of places

quinnd6
quinnd6

It looks so good there.

Hows it going to look on the xbox 360?


Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

Getting excited for this now, but I'm more interested in what kind of anti-cheat protection they have for PC after watching the video. Seems like cheating griefers can really ruin your time in this game.

weygan
weygan

@Shelledfade1  not really, just turn off multiplayer infiltration. Problem solved. I'm glad i'm on the amazing PS4 though.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

@weygan @Shelledfade1  Re you trying to massage your ego or something????


"I'm on the amazing PS4"


WHat the hell is that. WTF does it matter what system you play it on

danzo_81
danzo_81

Guns sound a little pokey, cheap almost. Game looks fun though.

Toadamus
Toadamus

Finally a game i can burn time on while waiting for those other games to be released :D

Cpt_Cosmonaut
Cpt_Cosmonaut

I used to be excited about WatchDogs but now I'm losing interest. I just want GTA 5 (PS4). 95% of people online will do stupid things and not be coordinated so IDK how effective these modes will be. 

blbldf
blbldf

@Cpt_Cosmonaut  I agree with something you said, (I just want GTA 5 to PS4) the rest I think (i hope) you are wrong

botroo3
botroo3

In a real game the MP will be 100% less interesting than this staged video, people will simply alt+f4 when they can't find who's hacking them or disable thier internet, and in team matches you will be teamed with people who dunno wtf they are doing or at least half of them and that mobile app mode thingy is simply not interesting.

Sam_021
Sam_021

@botroo3  Don't you have any friends? If you have close friends to play with it'll be fun, otherwise, get it on PS4!

weygan
weygan

@botroo3  Yeah, people will definitly alt+f4 on the PS4, that's right!

DANNYtheBOY11
DANNYtheBOY11

I have my 400 bucks (for a PS4) ready to be spent since last November and I still have no reason to spend them; another totally useless game; fall 2014 (a year later) may see the first actually good games (hopefully starting from Destiny)

PS: still waiting for never released launch game Planetside2

danzo_81
danzo_81

Yea. What is happening with planetside 2, and drive club come to think of it

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@DANNYtheBOY11 Planetside 2 has been on PC for a while and let me tell you a game of that scope probably isn't easy to port to a console.

DANNYtheBOY11
DANNYtheBOY11

@mkeezay22 @DANNYtheBOY11I perfectly know it's not a easy task (6k people on a server, 2k on each map, ect); point is devs told us it would had been released at launch or around that, it's not us inventing it (and they knew more than us how difficult/easy was to do so); too bad for them, they could have done a lot of money during the first year, having no good "next gen" games around; hope they could deliver it at least one year later (the game is getting older in the meantime)