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'Watch Dogs' blackout hack limitations and manual weather settings clarified

Gameplay screen featuring 'Watch Dogs'
Gameplay screen featuring 'Watch Dogs'
Photo courtesy of Ubisoft, used with permission

Jonathan Morin has posted more details on "Watch Dogs." According to a report from Gaming Bolt on May 4, the creative director behind the multiplatform project clarified some of the major game-changing elements in the open-world action-adventure title. He first revealed that the blackout hack will feature some limitations.

When activated, the move would cause the entire city of Chicago to shut down. At night, it would basically make the setting pitch black. The hack can be used to get away from police when the player is completely surrounded. However, it can only be utilized a limited amount of times. Players must first craft the hack and can only store a small amount of uses.

Jonathan Morin also confirmed that players won't be able to manually change the weather in "Watch Dogs." The creative director revealed that this is due to the dynamism implemented in the open-world setting. For example, the precipitation may quickly go away even if the players decide to make it rain due to the dynamic weather system. He went on to joke that players can't hack into the sun in order to change the forecast.

A representative at Ubisoft recently revealed that the artificial intelligence would react to the changes in the weather, which would have made it more difficult to manually control it. One scenario that was brought up involves an older women calling for a taxi, which ended up splashing a small pool of puddle on her. She ended up complaining to the taxi driver.

"Watch Dogs" is a cross-generation video game that is being released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 current-generation consoles as well as the more powerful PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms on May 27. Furthermore, a fall release is being targeted for the Wii U port of the open-world action-adventure video game, which is being developed at the Romanian branch of Ubisoft. A screenshot representing the software product from the official Playstation Facebook page can be seen with the photo attached near the top side of this article.