Bringing a new feature to a game or inventing a new way to experience gameplay is not just an idea or novelty at Ubisoft, it's a literal expectation, and Watch Dogs has seemingly accomplished that with hacking. To create something new and fresh was a requirement for developers on Watch Dogs and they knew they have their hands full.
Watch Dogs Creative Director Jonathan Morin discussed the expectations Ubisoft has for bringing out something new, as well as how they wanted that to be realized with hacking in Watch Dogs.
"At Ubisoft... one of the first things you need to deliver is a differentiator. You need to define something that is not just a gimmick, but can deliver new gameplay in the entire game.
"The core challenge is always, 'Let's find something that will change the game.' So hacking became that. The very first slide of Watch Dogs that I would qualify as the real pitch of Watch Dogs, was a hand with the red button, and underneath it was written something like, 'Control an entire city at the press of a button.' That was the idea.
"The design idea was 'hack everything around you -- but it has to be one button.' It cannot become super complicated, because we knew already we would have to apply that to driving, to shooting, to mechanics. Later on, we did explore, voluntarily, tossing aside shooting, which helped us discover other kinds of mechanics, knowing that in a city like that eventually we would have to have it back. And that was the first inkling of it -- that's why we had hacking quite early, in the end," Morin said.
As you all know by now, the core, new mechanic that Watch Dogs is introducing is the idea of hacking and as someone who has had a chance to go hands-on with this, it really is a game-changing feature. People can make all the comparisons to GTA they want, but Watch Dogs distinguishes itself as different through hacking.
Sure there are similarities between both franchises, but hacking truly takes already made ideas and warps them into a more thoughtful, strategic package. You will think about the open-world of Watch Dogs in a completely different way because of hacking. You just have to wait until May 27th to see for yourself.