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.

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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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

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.

Teo Tudor
Teo Tudor

My God that tessellation those textures,that wall,that brick road,those particles AND THE LIGHTING!I can't wait.

Reina Harriet Watt
Reina Harriet Watt

Considering that it's just a male lead only game with no option to play as female, then the MP will be like the SP in that case - all male lead only's who all look the same. It will be a case of clone wars. No thanks.

Darren Russell
Darren Russell

More games need to implement multiplayer like Dark Souls/Demon's Souls, it is so brilliant and unique.

Luis S. Marzan
Luis S. Marzan

That would be an innovative mp and not the same thing we're used to.

Glenn Yu
Glenn Yu

gah, no time to play all the games

Andres Spring
Andres Spring

I can't wait till this game comes out omggg.

cinerius
cinerius

It could be done a la Red Dead Redemption.

theend3r
theend3r

This actually significantly lowered my interest in this game. I play games because there are times when I DON'T want to care about other people. This "social" craze is getting really annoying.

Assemblent
Assemblent

If that multiplayer is about forms of Co-Op (something that is lacking in today's multiplayer modes)  inside the world of Watch Dogs instead of random people invading and ruining your single player game just because they've got too much time on their hands to farm or have more money to buy in game unlockables to have better gear to show off, I'm all for it.

I'm a bit tired of the online player where everyone just wants to show off that they're better than their gaming peers, Everything is about competition. I think that this console generation is the right time to develop and focus multiplayer further into player Co-Op. I mean, Dark Souls multiplayer was at its best when you played Co-Op with a fellow gamer to vanquish a boss that was tormenting you for hours.

gufberg
gufberg

Blended single/multiplayer in the Dark Souls vein of things or in the letmefuckyouoverforyour60$game SimCity vein of things?

Ubisoft certainly have a history of adding some pretty atrocious DRM to their games. If that is the case i may not buy the game. 

johnlyw
johnlyw

Well just break it down directly. Do we or do we not need to be always on to play this game?

Seriously, I find this game really interesting but what will be added (as said above), may still test my resolve to get this game.

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

"xxxHITMAN420xxx has invaded your world"

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

Let's blend in some always-on