While Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs will place gamers inside a narrative that takes a look at the ongoing trade-off of privacy versus convenience, the title is still sandbox game and will thus attempt to entertain players outside of the story based missions. As reported by the official Playstation Blog on Sept 4, Watch Dogs Animation Director Colin Graham detailed a look at many of the various activities that fans will be able to undertake while free-roaming inside the game.
First off, the world of Watch Dogs is broken up into different sectors. Each one of these districts contains a central server that must be compromised before Aiden can fully hack into the networks found within that area. Players will have to go in on foot to directly hack these control rooms so that they can later access the network remotely. This means gamers won’t be able to fully control the systems of the city from the start. They must unlock the ability to do so while undertaking activities outside of the game’s story missions.
After gaining access to a district’s network, gamers will have access to the city’s law enforcement systems and can then decide to respond to possible criminal activity accordingly. Players can then choose to stop crime throughout the city, opting to do so using either deadly or non-lethal force. How gamers choose to behave themselves will alter how both citizens and the authorities view Aiden.
Watch Dogs releases later this year on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.