Watch Dogs multiplayer will blend 'seamlessly' with single-player

Ubisoft says line will be blurred between single-player and multiplayer in upcoming cross-generational action game.

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The multiplayer and single-player components of Watch Dogs will overlap "seamlessly," according to comments from Ubisoft made to the PlayStation Blog.

The cross-generational action game's multiplayer mode will be set in the streets of Chicago, like the rest of the game, though Ubisoft is not talking specifics just yet.

The developer's ambition is to break down the wall between single-player and multiplayer that has existed for decades, Ubisoft said.

Watch Dogs is powered by an all-new proprietary engine called Disrupt. Ubisoft Montreal is leading development on the game, with support from Ubisoft's Bucharest, Paris, Quebec, and Reflections studios.

It 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.

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.

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343 comments
Noclippin
Noclippin

I can't wait to join some random guys game and just walk up to him and shoot his fucking face with no warning.

Mo60
Mo60

I wonder what PC specs could be for this game? 

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

How many times have we already seen a game touting 'seamless multiplayer'? Kind of an empty statement, really.

skytrot
skytrot

Another game that is influenced by Demon's/Dark Souls' asynchronous MP. First Journey then this. Think we're gonna see more games doing this.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

So another stupid anti piracy experiment?

stevenp93
stevenp93

i dont like how there making this sound so new and innovative, dark souls has already done this, and brilliantly i must say, they deserve credit for such an ambitous system. definatlley welcome more games trying this out though, it was fun seeing other players playing souls in a different 'world' if you like. especially wathching them die :) 

sgotskillz
sgotskillz

Man it's funny seeing people freaking out in this article. The multiplayer aspect is called the'second screen experience'. One of Ubisofts office's is around the corner from IGN's and a couple guys from IGN went to see a demo. They posted a video chatting about it. Player 1 is playing the game on their console of choice or PC while player 2 is using a mobile device like an ipad or smartphone who can co-op together. An example is player 1 is in a car chase and player 2 from their mobile device has a top down view of Chicago who can hack the environment like traffic lights to assist player 1 during the chase. Sounds kind of lame and optional.

PlusFour
PlusFour

Dark souls! DO IT! Then give us an option to turn it off.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

Was anyone asking for MP in WatchDogs?  I really enjoyed the single player...

TheKemosabe
TheKemosabe

Dark Souls meshed single player and multiplayer together amazingly well. I hope more games in the future include a similar system.

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

More draconian DRM crap like in Heroes of Might and Magic VI? Guess I know what I won't be buying in November.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I'll believe it when I play it!!!!

Hidir Armande Rahman
Hidir Armande Rahman

no not the dark souls THE FREAKING GAME SUCK SHOULD Have not bought it unless for rpg gamers.

SmartGhost
SmartGhost

More then meets the eye right. is there going to be a custom avatar for the MP


SystemOnline
SystemOnline

Don't quite understand the immediate doomsday reaction to multiplayer. Let's face it, multiplayer is fun, if done well they're great additions to games, it's only when they turn out to be generic and tacked on that people should be criticising

wookiegr
wookiegr

Maybe this is Ubis way of enforcing an always online connection because the game will not have a true single player campaign that can be enjoyed 100% offline.

4r0d0
4r0d0

Thanks Dark Souls

Nishua
Nishua

Ubisoft created spies vs mercs I'm certain that they'll do something to break barriers. 

X-RS
X-RS

Each bit of info I see about Watch Dogs has me finding it more and more generic/less and less appealing

Matt Facer
Matt Facer

I hope they do. Although I hope they have some some form of co-op as well.

Gregg Dariano
Gregg Dariano

I hope not, otherwise some douchebag's gonna invade my game and grief me. Oh, you just mean drop-in/drop-out? Sure, why not...

James Smith
James Smith

It will be on the next gen consoles.

GuillermoJP
GuillermoJP

But... That wall is the only thing that keeps me separated from people who are better than me at shooting...
I like that wall...

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

Yet the game is just another male lead only game with no option to play as female at all in single player?  And both the SP and MP are to blend seamlessly together despite the utter lack of choice in the player character?

How backwards and generic of them - and it sounds like it will be just a case of clone wars with males who all look the same killing one another, how boring and how done to death in so many other games.


No thanks, just another game to be avoided.  This is another prime example of why diversity is needed instead of more of the same.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@Barrakas21 Most likely, because "social integration" and "offering a unique experience" is better marketing for always online DRM, selling the game as a "service" and their worthless uPlay client than the actual truth.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

@CodingGenius The first trailer they released was 'singleplayer' until the end when you saw that other people participating in the mission were actually players.

IronD3vil2
IronD3vil2

@CodingGenius I suppose you are asking for it if you purchase the product. You will probably be able to be on/offline in the game so don't worry this title looks stellar

Renoo27
Renoo27

@TheKemosabe Indeed. Makes me wonder what Ubisoft actually mean by meshing single-player and multiplayer, and if it actually is something new or they're just claiming it is. 

theend3r
theend3r

@Hidirazmi N Rahman What's a game suck and what did it buy?

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@SystemOnline I agree but in the end there is always an opportunity cost. Like they say «du beurre ou des canons». If you devote resources to MP there is less resources for SP.

Rf_Kool
Rf_Kool

@Nishua I love ubisoft games especially Assasins Creed

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

@Smokescreened84 Idiotic trolls like you is why stupid documentaries are being made instead of growing the fuck up.

BlindxPrince
BlindxPrince

@Smokescreened84 Deciding to not play a game just because the lead character is male in itself is closed minded.  To judge a game before it has been released and to say that is going to be generic based on the fact that the lead is male is just ignorant.  You should play a game for its story and its game play not because of the sex of the characters. Maybe the gaming industry does need to diversify, but to base your opinion solely on the fact is just dumb.

karasill
karasill

@Smokescreened84 I know right?! I wanted to play as a male lead character in: 

Tomb Raider

Portal 1/2

 Mirror's Edge,

Final Fantasy X,  

Final Fantasy XIII, 

Metroid Prime 1/2/3

Eternal Sonata

Bayonneta

 Blood Rayne 1/2

Beyond Good and Evil

Silent Hill 3

Fatal Frame

Ghost in the Shell

Heavy Rain

Perfect Dark 1/Zero

Panzer Dragoon Orta

Space Channel 5

The Longest journey

and hundreds of other games where the lead is female... There is obviously No equality in games!!!!!!! 

Oh well....  I'm not going to worry about it.. I shouldn't be taking my political viewpoint to the gaming space anyway. Being too politically correct is one of many things that's causing more harm then good in America. Take your feminist attitude elsewhere, it's not welcomed. 

When you realize that there are more male gamers then female gamers, especially in certain genres maybe you'll begin to see why your viewpoint begins to fall apart and why companies cater to males in some fashion or another. They simply just follow the money. I mean what's next? Are you going to throw a hissy fit when you can't play as a female quarterback in Madden? 

UnRelentingAlly
UnRelentingAlly

This game is generic and backwards because its character is male? Ok brah

pal_080
pal_080

@Smokescreened84@Smokescreened84   You know a game isn't automatically sexist, generic, restrictive or otherwise just because you play as one particular character who's not of your choosing...

Sheik2
Sheik2

@Smokescreened84 So? how do you think we feel when we watch gasmes like tom rider, remember me, mirrors edge, etc? lol joking... sorry girl but your argument is invalid.

handofkain
handofkain

@Renoo27 @TheKemosabe Apparently they intend to implement always online DRM, and to avoid insta-rage, they decided to cover it up with this....

ManfromRedRiver
ManfromRedRiver

@Poison-tooth@SystemOnlineThat argument could be made for ANY aspect of a game, though... NO!! Don't spend time making cool menus! You could be making the graphics better!  Don't spend time writing a good story! You could be making the gameplay cooler!  Don't spend time making cool graphics! You could be making the controls more immersive! (Nintendo preaches that last one all the time.)

At the end of the day, choices are made as to what will and won't be in it, and the team works to make it the best they can.

In the instance of this particular game, though, the reaction really makes no sense because we knew way back when it was first revealed at E3 that it had multiplayer. They showed it at the very end of the gameplay demo...

Canadianloki
Canadianloki

@Greyfeld @Smokescreened84 That's what feminists do today. They have nothing better to do. See feminism is useless today since all the original goals have been achieved. Equal rights, pay, voting etc etc.

Now they just complain that males exist at all and how privileged they are, you know like the super important stuff such as gaming.

They have all turned into "man haters", " they are also extremely sexist".

The original feminists where good they didn't hate men, they just fought for rights.

Today's feminist say that ALL men are bad and potential rapists. Imagine that they would call their own, fathers, sons and brothers rapists just because they have a different sex organ.

They are incredibly stupid and quite frankly dangerous.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@karasill @Smokescreened84 Compare that to the amount of male lead only games and you'll find that the games where you can play as female are very small compared to the number of games that are strictly males only.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@UnRelentingAlly Yes actually, it is.  Male lead only isn't choice, it's just more of the same once again with no choice given to the player and no say.


Such a boring and bland thing to do.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@pal_080 @Smokescreened84 It is restrictive though, there's no choice given and in a game like this choice should be a big part of an open world game.

They haven't given such a choice, they've done what many do and just gone with males only and not given a single choice beyond that.

Very boring of them.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@Sheik2 @Smokescreened84 Tomb Raider didn't have multi player until the new one and gave multiple choices of characters to play as, although just male for the villain side.


Mirror's Edge didn't have multi player, it had time trials that others around the world could challenge one another to, at least until EA shut the servers down for that.


Games with female leads are few and far between, games with male leads and only male leads are ten a penny.

ManfromRedRiver
ManfromRedRiver

@Smokescreened84 @West123 @sev2010 I'm pretty sure that if any of the guys here said we couldn't play as female (which I've never even heard a guy seriously say) that we would be called sexist. Your life may have given you some legitimate reasons for hating men. I don't know. But, at this point, this conversation has clearly shown that you are not actually concerned with choice and creativity, but that you are indeed sexist toward men.

You are really now sounding like the female equivalent of the redneck, jerk, guy who yells "Get back in the kitchen!" as you barge into the thread of a game we're all excited for and yell "Get that scripted male character out of the game!"

You really are not helping your own cause.

Canadianloki
Canadianloki

@Smokescreened84 @sev2010 You don't even realize that what you just said is sexist as well.

Man you really are clueless aren't you. The irony is overwhelming and please just stop you give the female gender a "bad name".

Rf_Kool
Rf_Kool

i hate playing with female characters but Tomb Raider is a great game


sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

@Smokescreened84 @West123 @sev2010  

Want to know why men are catered to?  They are the main consumer of these products.  A pure business decision.  Nothing else matters here but the money.

If you want something else, buy that or make your own game.

West123
West123

@Smokescreened84 @West123 @sev2010 hmmm not sexist???  what about the list karasill gave you??


Tomb Raider

Portal 1/2

 Mirror's Edge,

Final Fantasy X,  

Final Fantasy XIII, 

Metroid Prime 1/2/3

Eternal Sonata

Bayonneta

 Blood Rayne 1/2

Beyond Good and Evil

Silent Hill 3

Fatal Frame

Ghost in the Shell

Heavy Rain

Perfect Dark 1/Zero

Panzer Dragoon Orta

Space Channel 5

The Longest journey

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@West123 @Smokescreened84 @sev2010 I can't play as male and I have no desire to discuss why since people like you are too close minded to understand life beyond yourselves and how much you're catered to.


I'm not sexist, I would simply like to see more diversity instead of yet another male lead only game after so many of the same old thing being churned out time and time again with nothing at all creative.

Canadianloki
Canadianloki

.So what, there are 90% male gamers. Just because you belong in a MINORITY, it doesn't mean every single game has to cater to YOU.
Trust me, you are NOT helping female gamers the way you act and behave. It makes most of us just hate you.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@UnRelentingAlly You can play as male in FF10, the main lead is male, he's called Tidus.  You can play as male in FF13 - as Snow, Hope and Saz.

You can play as male in the new Tomb Raider in single player, one faction is nothing but male.


Silent Hill has been largely male lead only, only the third is a female lead.  In Perfect Dark 1 and 0 you an play as male in multi player.  The Panzer Dragoon series has been largely male lead only with only one game allowing for a female for once.


Female leads in gaming are a very rare thing and getting even rarer as long as publishers and developers keep refusing to accept that the gamer community is a lot more diverse than they care to admit.

UnRelentingAlly
UnRelentingAlly

I know, but these games should have let me play a a male so backwards and generic

Canadianloki
Canadianloki

@Smokescreened84  You're an idiot, plain and simple.

You haven't even played the game and you judge it, even worse you DO so cause of the gender of the character.

What a sexist a-hole you are. 

Snailgoop
Snailgoop

@Canadianloki It sounds like just another male gamer with an anti-feminist chip on his shoulder who spouts off meaningless numbers because they feel like it. Why do you put forth effort to keep people down? Are you racist too? Probably.


Anyway, get your facts straight if you're going to be a douche. It's not true that "barely 10 percent of players are female". You're wrong. Almost 50 percent of players are female and even in a game like CoD:Ghosts, the numbers are 25 percent, female player base.


I would really like to play a female character in the multiplayer but I have a feeling that Watchdogs isn't going to offer that, if there is anyone else to play besides Aiden Pierce.

shafe-man
shafe-man

@Smokescreened84 @UnRelentingAlly If you want a choice in gender so badly go play an MMO. With a character-driven game like Watch Dogs (or Assassin's Creed, Mirror's Edge, etc.) changing the gender wouldn't work. It works for less character-specific games, like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, but not for a game like this. They would have to implement a lot of work (voice acting, character models, animations, etc.) just for something as petty as a change in gender. Unless you want them to have different stories, in which case you're being sexist, at least by your ideals; different stories means you expect them to treat the different genders differently. 


Just as an example, do you think games like God of War or Tomb Raider would work with opposite genders? No, because their stories (GoW with his family being killed and the recent Tomb Raider with all its complexities) simply wouldn't work (or be realistic) with an opposite gender. Unless you want them to create their own fake reality with 100% gender equality, your idea of a game with "choice" would simply ruin the game.

Canadianloki
Canadianloki

The game has a protagonist. HIS name is Aiden Pierce. He clearly has a story.

Sorry, but barely 10% of the players are female and if this game had a female lead, it would NOT increase female players. But it could decrease from the 90% males that would play Watchdogs.

That is just how it is. 

Feminism cannot change what the "sexes/genders" like. Males will like action more than the everyday woman will and it will be like that forever. Unless of course today's radical feminazis get their wish to dispose of the male gender altogether.

I am not political correct so I really couldn't care less what you as a feminist think. I am glad it has a male lead and I am glad you're upset about it. I am sick and tired that every single thing in existence needs to be some kind of "affirmative action 50/50 BS".

I played Tomb Raider and I enjoyed the game, want to know why? It wasn't because the character was female or male. It was because of the story and what I could do in the game and that it was kind of gory and filled with killing action and the environment was awesome.

So how about you do the same and play Watchdogs for what it IS and not what gender it has.

Once again, deal with it. 

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@UnRelentingAlly Hardly creative though to only go with a male lead only in an open world game that is supposed to be about choice.


It would have been nice to see this game do something new that hasn't been done by anyone other than Volition with the Saints Row series - they should have actually tried being creative for a change and given players the choice to play as a female take on the character instead of just male lead only.
Only going with male time and time again isn't creative at all, it's lazy.


Considering how badly diversity is needed in the industry then it's long past time for such a choice to be given in more games instead of living in the past and doing the same old male only and males only attitude in an industry that needs to start being as diverse as it's consumer base.

UnRelentingAlly
UnRelentingAlly

There's still a lot of choice to make, it's just easier goin with one pice actor instea of two and cheaper too