Watch Dogs Patch Responds to Community Feedback

Ubisoft's been working hard on a patch that addresses Watch Dog's bad online behavior and drinking game.

Ubisoft has released a major patch for its open-world hacking game Watch Dogs, which addresses community feedback by changing or improving features, as well as fixing several bugs.

"We know it has been a bit since the last patch and this is the reason why," an Ubisoft community manager said on the game's official forums. "We’ve been hard at work making these changes."

Ubisoft said that the patch was designed to optimize player experience and add some replay options to the game. In terms of replayability, players who finished the game's main storyline now have the option to reset previously completed Gang Hideouts and Convoy Missions. Completionists who've been having a hard time with Watch Dogs' Drinking Games will be glad to know that they've been retuned based on community feedback. You can find the exact values that were tweaked in the patch notes, but the short version is that the drinking games are now significantly more forgiving.

For Watch Dogs' multiplayer, the patch makes it possible to select available friends via the grid and hack or tail them without their knowledge, though you can disable this feature under online options.

To mitigate bad online behavior, the patch also made it so players who frequently disconnect from multiplayer matches will be matched with players who behave similarly. If you play against someone who disconnects unfairly, you'll also get the same amount of Notoriety as if you had won, while the player who disconnected will receive none. In addition, ctOS companion app players who disconnect from a game will no longer end the session for PC and console players, who are now able to play the match to the end and earn Notoriety.

Ubisoft also mentioned that PC players with AMD graphics cards will see improved performance with the latest AMD beta driver (14.7).

The patch, which was made available to all systems in the Americas and Europe on August 21, will be out in Asia on August 26.

Watch Dogs launched in May for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, and became the fastest selling game in Ubisoft's history. A Wii U version is currently in development and is scheduled to launch this fall.

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tx3000
tx3000

I had absolutely no problems with any of the mini games in this game, especially the drinking games. Sure it was a little annoying, but they were absolutely doable the way they were.

xgamer8
xgamer8

I think in the new patch Ubisoft created a new outrageous bug. 


Whenever a hacker invades another person's game and the other person quits the game, the hacker loses a hefty amount of points. The quitter loses no points. Shouldn't the hacker gain points because the other person left the game? The patch has made the multiplayer mode worst.

xgamer8
xgamer8

Ubisoft fixed this bug relatively quick. The hacker now gain points when the other person quits. Good job Ubisoft!!! :)

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Then I have another platinum it seem. Drinking game was not fun at all.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Where did everyone go who said this game was gonna be amazing before even playing the game?

snake3107
snake3107

this game has been a major dissapointment. 

ecurl143
ecurl143

I really liked the look of this game way back when it was showing early trailers - looked kinda cool.

Then the hype machine went into overdrive and that's when I lost interest in going anywhere near it.

The reviews I've read, the negative vibe I just got about the whole thing was enough for me to give this a very wide berth.


aeluron1989
aeluron1989

I'm not going to purchase Watch Dogs until the price goes down significantly. Otherwise I don't feel like buying for so much, bad enough games are so expensive these days.

physxy
physxy

The patch does not include unlocking the E3 graphics Ubisoft so I don't really care.

BFKZ
BFKZ

Don't fix the drinking game...I worked really hard for that achievement :'D

lomsha
lomsha

Is there a patch to make the game actually good? Lol

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

Those drinking games got pretty ridiculous, especially the guy up in Pawnee.

edward5667
edward5667

Aidan is a awesome character with a  amazing storyline! Watch Dogs was a pretty epic game, good this patch fix several bugs hope they make Watch Dogs 2 can't wait :)

penguinguyx
penguinguyx

I like the game and still play it occasionally. The drinking games were definitely the biggest headache. I'm glad they have made them "more forgiving." I just hope it is enough for my limited time commitment. I haven't had issues with online play, but I'll be playing more online for the trophies, so those changes sound good.


The only other thing I would like to see is for the difficulty spike on the level 5 police chases. I had to ruin my reputation in order to complete one. I'm sure other people can do it normally, but I really felt the difference between 4 and 5 was excessive.

Marky360
Marky360

Wow that's pretty cool I really did like the gang hideout and convoy missions alot in this game and was sad when I completed them all. I just downloaded this patch a few mins ago before PSN went down for me but didn't install it cause I didn't relize what entailed I just started up the game. Now Imma install this.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Too late for me, I was done with the game in very early june. Never going to touch it again, unless Watch Dogs 2 ends up being a total overhaul.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

@Fandango_Letho Same here. In traditional Ubisoft fashion, it's too little FAR too late. I gave up on the game a while back.

hystavito
hystavito

@aegis_kleais @Fandango_Letho Didn't grab me either, I barely played it, maybe a few hours a few times and that was it.  I keep thinking I'll play it again but since I haven't touched it now in ages I should really just ditch it while it's still worth something.

koylu8
koylu8

They should improve the PS4 graphics. Nothing else.

Bexorcist
Bexorcist

Played it for 10 minutes and when first experiencing car handling I turned off my PS4 and sold the game.

ReaperX30
ReaperX30

@Bexorcist  To be honest I think the car behave more like real cars than in GTA. If you go too fast it won't turn and that's how real car behave to a point.

blankfaced
blankfaced

@Bexorcist While i didn't play for as little as you, i did manage to give it a few hours, but same as well. The driving controls were so terrible, thankfully i rented it through gamefly so it wasn't too much of a waste.

Export
Export

Am glad that they are fixing the problem after its been out for so long now 


naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I'm not buying this game until it's at least moderately fixed.

Can anyone confirm the performance increase (if any) on AMD hardware?

navtheconqueror
navtheconqueror

It doesn't really seem fair to those of us who actually put in the time and effort to complete the drinking game based on our own skills but whatever.

dasch-madison
dasch-madison

What about us people who 100% it before this Easy-mode patch? Do we get special recognition? Probably not... But thankfully trophies are time and date stamped so I'll still be able to hold my head up high and know I did it before the whiners got their way.

kenundrum7
kenundrum7

Thanks to Gang Hideout and Criminal Convoy resets, the game is fun again.

guru00007
guru00007

Finish It Yesterday on the PS4 (Campaign) ; Awesome Game .. Smooth ; Beautiful Graphics; Tense Shooting ; Great Aiming; Great Story Very Unique ; Lively City Lot to do with Additional Mission when you Finish the Campaign .. :) Patch it Yesterday ..

The PS4 Rocks...  Compact... Silent... Great Next Gen Graphics... PSN Plus Is Great for Online Multi-playing... All the way to the Top in your 6-7 Years Title, Still Exclusive & AAA Tiles to Come & Will be a True Bad A$$ of Graphics & Game-play Fidelity & Smooth Experience! Still the Xbox One is struggling to Output 1080P with its large "tank" dimensions... Shame on You MS... You stabbed me loyal customers Like me ...  I was all time fan and owned all your consoles from Xbox to Xbox one (including), I own the PS4 and I am LOVING IT!!! :)

Attitude2000
Attitude2000

I feel equally about my Xbox one. I like being able to switch from games to movies to tv in an instant as well as snap two apps together like getting help on a game, or having a conversation while playing a fame, or recording a game...while playing a game.

Bexorcist
Bexorcist

@guru00007 PS4 quiet??? Damn, I must be playing games through my toaster then ...

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

Call me immature but i've had it with this crappy broken mess of a game, upgraded from a 680 to a 780 ti, marginal improvement noticed, texture stuttering is still there, and in all seriousness it's just not worth replaying it imho.
Ubi can go f*#k themselves, I will just wait for TW3 and No Man's Sky to sink my hours into.  

mr_nee
mr_nee

@UrbanTracker Everything is crappy on PC -- BF4 has mayor bugs that consoles don't (atleast PS4 doesn't), Titanfall crashes all the time, most can't run deepsilver games on Win8, most Ubi games won't work from secondary drive if rpimary is SSD -- consoles just don't have these type of problems

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@mr_nee @UrbanTracker My primary is a 512GB SSD on Windows 8.1 and I can confirm no problems with any non-ancient games, Ubi or otherwise.  I don't use Origin but my friend had absolutely no problems with BF4 or Titanfall on his medium-spec rig, so I have no idea what you're talking about.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@naryanrobinson @mr_nee @UrbanTracker I was on Ubis and deeps silver forums to confirm you are full of s*it. You are either lying bout your system or you can't run Dead Island

Dannerfjord
Dannerfjord

Been there done that. Watch Dogs was fun for the duration of the main story + collectables and the hours it takes to get familiar with the multiplayer modes. But i didn't feel any motivation to replay it. For me, there has to be major changes if this is to become an attractive franchise. But Ubisoft can pull this off. Look at AC4 - Black Flag ... Best AC experience since the first one.

Sohaim
Sohaim

@Dannerfjord Worst story ever, also WORST ac experience, if you mean best Pirate Creed experience ever i will agree with you, but black flag is no AC game, its a Pirate Creed game.

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

@Dannerfjord I thought Assassin's Creed 2 was the best in the series and I think most people would agree with me....what didn't you like about it?

grenadehh
grenadehh

@MaddenBowler10 @Dannerfjord He's one of those fake fans that wasn't actually interested in the assassin's creed plot and just wants to run around and stab and fire cannons. Pay no heed.

skipper847
skipper847

Only prob I get now is the sound as the voice is really low compared to rest and I have tinkered with the settings trying to get it right but no look. It same as Dead Rising 2 on the PC where the voice goes really quiet.

oddsnake
oddsnake

Oh god yes. This game just became a lot more attractive to go back to. I think I'll get my drinking game trophy done now, and hopefully this means online tailing/hacking won't be as lame as before, and if I'll lose it's not because some coward plugs his plug instead of taking it like a man.


I think I will play me some Watch Dogs and grab that Platinum now! Nerfed, sure, but sue me cause I don't care. The game is fantastic fun and I really loved it. And resetting gang hideouts? Kickass! 

brockelley
brockelley

say what you will, I think the game rocks.


It's better than GTA4 and it will serve as a stand in until GTA 5 drops on PC in a few months

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

@brockelley I agree, I think it's pretty fun. There's a lot to do and most of it is pretty fun. Pretty good recreation of Chicago(actually grew up near it) and the civilians in it have a lot of personality...even if they are mostly weirdos and creeps.  Graphics are hit and miss, but no doubt a disappointment considering the hype around it and misleading trailers. I think the biggest disappointment is the main character himself. He doesn't have much personality.