The video game Watch Dogs won't be available for video game consoles(including the forthcoming Playstation 4 and XBOX ONE) until the holiday season, but that hasn't stopped Sony Pictures from considering the big-screen possibilities. Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency announced today that they are working with the game's publisher Ubisoft to develop a feature film based on the property. The announcement was made during Sony Computer Entertainment's press conference at GamesCom.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures is the video game publisher's film and television division. Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of the unit, stated, "[Sony Pictures and New Regency's] deep production expertise and willingness to allow us to maintain a strong creative voice in the film means that we're on track to deliver a movie that can build upon the excitement that Watch Dogs already is generating as a game."
Watch Dogs is set in the city of Chicago, and focuses on hacker Aiden Pearce. Using his skill set, Pearce is able to hack into the city's infrastructure to use nearly anything as a weapon in his quest for revenge. The game received Gamespot's People's Choice Most Exciting Game of E3 award at this year's event.
Unlike the game, the film is in very early stages of development, so no release date was mentioned. Watch Dogs hits most current and next-generation consoles(including the PC) this November and December.