Watch Dogs Launching In 2013 On Next-Gen Consoles?

By Pete Haas 2013-02-17 13:52:02 discussion comments
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Ubisoft's open-world game Watch Dogs will be arriving this holiday season according to a leaked retailer poster. Interestingly, the poster seems to indicate that the game will be on both current consoles and the next generation.

Watch Dogs is an open-world game set in a near-future Chicago. A new supercomputer called CtOS collects information on all citizens and controls most electronic devices. The player is Aiden Pearce, a hacker who can tap into this system and use it to his advantage. For example, he could tap phone calls or change traffic lights to cause a crash. This hacking gameplay is supplemented by combat, parkour, and stealth elements.

The alleged poster, sent Kotaku by an anonymous tipster, says that Watch Dogs will arrive on "all home consoles" this fall. Presumably that includes the Xbox 360 and PS3. However, the next Xbox and PlayStation are expected to launch at the end of 2013 as well, so Watch Dogs could be a launch title for those consoles. The quote on the back from G4TV calls the game a "truly next-gen adventure."

Ubisoft has been vague about the Watch Dogs' platforms in the past. They indicated this summer over Twitter that the game would be released on "PC and consoles." However, they quickly deleted that tweet, leaving us in the dark once again.

Does this latest poster mean that the game's not in development for the PC? Not necessarily. It just indicates that the PC version might not arrive by the end of 2013. Ubisoft has a tendency to delay their high-profile releases on the PC.

Either way, it's exciting to know that Watch Dogs could be arriving this year. Watch's demo was one of the highlights of last E3. Regardless of what platforms the game is released on, it's worth being excited about.
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