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Rumour: Ubisoft's Watch Dogs Is Coming To The Wii U

Posted by Damien McFerran

It's coming to "all home consoles", apparently

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs was one of the surprises of last year's E3 event, showcasing cutting-edge gameplay based around the control of information. The open world action title is based around hacking and surveillance, and features some amazing visuals — leading many to predict that it would be a next-gen title rather than a current-gen one.

However, Ubisoft confirmed after E3 that the game is in fact coming to the 360, PS3 and PC.

In a new twist, it looks as if the Wii U could be getting in on the action, too. Leaked promotional material uncovered by Kotaku states that the game is coming to "all home consoles" this Christmas, which is a pretty emphatic statement and must surely include Nintendo's new system. It could of course also mean that it's coming to the new PlayStation and Xbox systems, assuming either is actually going to be released in 2013.

We've approached Ubisoft for clarification and will report back when we hear something, but just imagine how Watch Dogs could be enriched by the GamePad's additional screen — it would surely be the perfect interface for a game based around hacking computer networks.

Do you think the game is likely to see the light of day on Wii U, or do you think Ubisoft is guilty of poor wording in its promotional material? Leave a comment to let us know, and also feast your eyes on this gameplay footage if you haven't seen it already.

[via eurogamer.net, kotaku.com]

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User Comments (66)

SCAR392

#2

SCAR392 said:

It probably will. If it's using the same engine as AC3 like I think it is, it probably will.

Sneaker13

#4

Sneaker13 said:

If this is true, I'm absolutely over the moon. Was really impressed when I saw this on the E3. Ubisoft, make it happen.

Peach64

#5

Peach64 said:

I don't think they'd say all home consoles if they were excluding the Wii U. I can't wait for the game, but I'm not sure which console I'm going to get it for yet. I'm still a little surprised it's actually going to end up on PS3 and 360 as it looks way too advanced for them. Huge news for Nintendo-only gamers.

BenAV

#6

BenAV said:

I wouldn't be surprised if it did turn out to be just poor wording. :P

OverturePT

#7

OverturePT said:

@Peach64 At least the bits we saw on the E3 last year were running on a high end PC and they stated it wouldn't look this good on the PS3/Xbox 360.

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

woo hoo, good news for change.

If the Wii U can handle this, and gets it, maybe we can all sit back and relax a bit.

SCAR392

#10

SCAR392 said:

@OverturePT
Yes, but Wii U is already getting the PC Need for Speed, so the same could happen here. We'll just have to wait and see.

seronja

#12

seronja said:

wow! i wanted to buy this for ps3 but now, i guess i will buy it for the wii u... now this is an awesome news from ubisoft =D

Yrreiht

#13

Yrreiht said:

I would LOVE to get this game on Wii U, but I highly doubt it will happen :(

Bulbousaur

#14

Bulbousaur said:

If this does come to the Wii U, I hope they do something great with the Game Pad. I remember watching the E3 trailer and getting really excited for it and thinking about all of the ways the Wii u can utilize it.

But still, Ubisoft means I'm buying used. Damn Rayman Legends bullpoop...

LavaTwilight

#15

LavaTwilight said:

I'm not a fan of violence but I am a fan of highly-crafted computer games. This looks to be a highly-crafted computer game... A LOOPHOLE!

BakaKnight

#16

BakaKnight said:

The possibility of Watch Dog on WiiU is really interesting; as already mentioned the Gamepad have the potential for raise drastically the quality of the gameplay experience (which is already quite good by looking at the trailer :) ).

Really can't wait to know what the truth is about that promotional line.

Fillytase

#17

Fillytase said:

I've seen a lot of people (on this site and others) fixating on the "on all home consoles" bit when I think they should be asking if this leak is even legit. It's actually a strange phrase for them to have picked when normally a company will just list which specific consoles the game will be on. Also, this is Kotaku we're talking about. And this wouldn't be the first time a promotional poster turned out to be bogus. Remember this? http://chattypics.com/files/WP_000046_m59ysntp2o.jpg

LeasTwanteD

#20

LeasTwanteD said:

It could become the best version with good use of the GamePad.Would be a shame if they don't use that potential imo.

SPEtheridge

#21

SPEtheridge said:

I don' think this will come to Wii U, I'd like it too just don't see it happening, people have asked Ubi and they just say we have nothing to announce about Wii U which I could see being a no in the long run but here's hoping, the whole hacker premise of the game would be quite cool when's there's a certain gamepad involved.

SPEtheridge

#23

SPEtheridge said:

@SCAR392
Yeah there is no chance of the game looking like the E3 demo on Wii U would be awesome if there was but never gonna happen that was all running on PC far more advanced and need for speed is no system breaking game on PC.

triforcepower73

#25

triforcepower73 said:

@-KwB- What are you talking about!?!?? Their games are usually fantastic!!! Yeah the publishers make stupid, thoughtless decisions sometimes but the developers make great games!

RedRocBoy

#27

RedRocBoy said:

Can't wait. Things look bleak now but we gotta trust Nintendo, I don't believe they would do something so dumb as to not have this game come to the Wii U.

scrubbyscum999

#28

scrubbyscum999 said:

Not interested. Not really into the whole super violent gangsterish type thing. I guess more sales for the Wii U the better.

Peach64

#29

Peach64 said:

@Trainer_DJ Please don't disregard the game so easily. That sort of attitude is no worse than people seeing primary colours in Nintendo games and assuming they're all for kids. There is nothing 'gangsterish' about this game at all.

Kroisos

#30

Kroisos said:

If this is true, then I for one will forgive Ubisoft for the Rayman debacle. The only way Watch Dogs is not a preorder for me is if it doesn't come to Wii U, and gets released for a no-longer-hypothetical PS4 instead of PS3.

SCAR392

#31

SCAR392 said:

I agree with Peach64. You guys need to quit complaining when a game does or doesn't come to Wii U. You don't have to buy it, but if you're gonna criticise anything that happens, at least make it be constructive.

Shanksta

#32

Shanksta said:

I'll buy this. I'll probably go for a used version though. If you support stupid, it'll just keep being stupid. Now if they bring the new Rainbow Six I might start buying new Ubisoft games again, but that might be a stretch.

AJWolfTill

#33

AJWolfTill said:

This game looked extremely interested, and like many others remembered thinging how fluid it would be to have the device hacking and interaction on the Wii U. I'm hoping the large number of absences of recently released titles is due to them being at late stages before Nintendo released their development kits. (I really really hope so).

DerpSandwich

#34

DerpSandwich said:

The Gamepad would make it the definitive version. That is, as long as they don't give it a sloppy port.

It's Ubisoft, so there's hope.

Ras

#35

Ras said:

This just in, Ubi is going to hold up every version of the game until the Wii U version is ready. ;)

Void

#36

Void said:

@SCAR392 I'm pretty sure he just said he wasn't interested, not bashing it or anything, I don't know where you got that from, unless you're talking about the comments on this article in general.

I'm also willing to bet Ubisoft will give us the game.
A straight port of the 360/PS3 version 8 months after they come out.

Sherman

#37

Sherman said:

As I watched E3, I was getting so bored. All of the giants sucked: Microsoft, Sony and yes, Nintendo too. Then I saw this and I was mind blown.
"This is a GTA like game, but you use tech and you think while playing", it's what I was saying to myself.
Watch closely, it's not just about killing. You make your way through the game taking every decision into account.
And I bet it has a great story too. The video at E3 showed a little bit more that this one. That one had an explanation of the world you're set to play, and more important, at the end, the camera goes to another character on another part of the city and you start to play as the other guy. So, in firts place, you just don't play as the tug, and second, it makes me thinking that you could be playing with every character involved in the plot, even with the enemy and that every thing you do affects the story.

This is non-linear as it gets.

And that engine? Oh, my God!
But the main thing about why this should be on Wii U is that as soon as I saw the guy using the "smartphone" to hack... "Gamepad". This game is perfect for Wii U, this is the game that'd make get one for sure. I said it the moment I saw the trailer that day and I still say it.

WhiteTrashGuy

#38

WhiteTrashGuy said:

Please be working on this now Ubisoft! I really want someone to prove that the WiiU's GPU can rock some amazing stuff if coded for properly.

MadJay1664

#40

MadJay1664 said:

This game looks bloody good I'd love to see this on Wii U the gamepad is perfect for it!!

luminalace

#45

luminalace said:

After all that was said about ubisoft, if this game indeed comes to PS3 and 360, it will come to Wii U. Actually even if it comes to next gen consoles, it will still likely end up on Wii U.

Gigagator

#46

Gigagator said:

We really need to err on the side of caution with this one. The source is dubious and with absolutely no confirmation from the developer or publisher, it would be foolish to get your hopes up about this.

That said, the Wii U is technically capable of handling the game with a little optimization and could be the best looking console version if they put in a little effort.

I can't help but feel that this could be the core title that really showcases what the system is about, if the GamePad is implemented well. It's a real system seller if this does turn out to be true.

Lopezdm

#47

Lopezdm said:

Not going to hold my breath about this game. The numbers are down 38% for what the wii was at this point. No first party games and no 3rd party games.. That is whats killing the Wii U right now. If Nintendo doesn't care I guess I won't buy the other games they do put on the system. I just expected more from them.

doctor_doak

#48

doctor_doak said:

Does the PC count as a home console?? Hahaha...coming in 2015.

I wasn't overly impressed with the gameplay footage. The premise is kind of interesting i guess, but the way it played out was like most other recent 3rd person action games like AC:3, Tomb Raider.....flashy set pieces, QTE's?? firefights, etc. We'll see how much player freedom/choice there is in the final product... i'm not convinced.

chiptoon

#50

chiptoon said:

its moments like this that I have to admit to a certain amount of fanboyism - I had little interest in this on PS3, but will almost certainly buy it on WiiU. Silly me.

Moshugan

#57

Moshugan said:

I really hate the too close camera at points, like the camera in Arkham City when Batman is walking slow.
Otherwise, this looks interesting!

Farmboy74

#59

Farmboy74 said:

I'm going on the side of caution with this one. Coming to all home consoles could be anything at this stage. Gameplay looks good, gamepad use could be very good if it is coming to Wii U. I guess it's upto Nintendo to convince Ubisoft to bring this game to Wii U, and Judging by Ubisofts current stance, this means selling more Wii U's

Cirno

#60

Cirno said:

Seriously, this game is perfect for the gamepad.

If this is true, I just might put a certain other issue under the rug for the moment...

Phle

#61

Phle said:

Well, this game certainly looks interesting. It would be great if it got a Wii U release, at least it could make good use of the GamePad. Fingers crossed (^_^)

scrubbyscum999

#62

scrubbyscum999 said:

@Peach64 @SCAR392 Hey I'm sure it will be a great game but its not my cup of tea. Nothing wrong with that. It's like saying Mario is not someone's cup of tea. I'm going to disagree but hey that's the persons taste, nothing wrong with that. I would be lying if I were to tell you I had any interest in this game. Tons of games are amazing that I don't like because they just don't fit me.

GiftedGimp

#64

GiftedGimp said:

Some good news about Ubisoft regarding WiiU for a change.
Its a big balls up from ubi with Rayman being delayed, not 1 WiiU owner is happy with the situation and understandibly so.
However, taking into account how many 3rd party devs are fully commited to the WiiU, or more to the point Not commited, If WiiU fans want the system to have a long and fruitfull excistence its pointless not buying games 'Out of protest' that are published from any of the currently on-board 3rd party publishers.
All that will do is lead to publishers abandoning the WiiU sooner.
People will say well 1 publisher isn't going to make a difference but they are wrong. Other Publishers not on-board with WiiU will be watching how well 3rd party titles sell on the system, if they find actually x publisher/s did reasonably well with x game/s they will think 'actually maybe we should have a punt on WiiU'.
I will be buying Rayman when it releases, its a bloody good game after all, and if Ubi release other good games i'll probably get them too.
If anything Ubi getting high sales on thier games released on WiiU will push home the fact they could of made a lot of money sooner had they kept Raymans febuary release date.

Banker-Style

#65

Banker-Style said:

This would make me a very happy man,if this did came to Wii U,but something tells me this'll be a PS4 title.

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