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Watch_Dogs Enables Players To Connect To The Game Via Their Mobile Phone

Posted by Andy Green

Connectivity is "a core pillar"

Ubisoft's upcoming title Watch_Dogs sees you take control of Aiden Pearce as he wanders around the streets of Chicago, hacking into all kinds of devices and connecting with a plethora of electronics.

It seems that this connectivity is something Ubisoft wants to build more on as the company has revealed in a YouTube video players will be able to enter the gaming environment using their smartphones.

The development video was in fact centred around the PlayStation 4 version of the game, so it's unclear whether or not this aspect of the game will be available in the Wii U edition.

Senior producer Dominic Guay said Watch_Dogs is connected "in many ways":

We wanted the player to be able to connect to Watch_Dogs even through his mobile. To be able to play directly with people who are on their console, who are on their PlayStation 4, even if he's on the bus. Basically being able to be attached to our game world even when he steps out of the living room.

Guay also said the developer has designed the game so the player can go into multiplayer from single player seamlessly, without the need to go through a lobby.

You can check out the entire developer interview below from GamesHQMedia.

Watch_Dogs will launch in North America on 19th November, in Europe on 21st November and in the UK on 22nd November.

Is this the kind of gaming experience you'd like to see more of? Let us know by dropping a comment below.

[via youtube.com, polygon.com]

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Captain_Balko

#1

Captain_Balko said:

That certainly sounds interesting. Although I hope that you wouldn't have to pay for the smartphone app.

rjejr

#3

rjejr said:

I want to know if every time that guy looks at his - whatever he's carrying, smartphone I guess - will we be looking at the Gamepad so we are using the Gamepad like he is using his device? I shouldn't need a smartphone if I have a Gamepad. I've seen some mock-ups where the selection HUD is moved from the tv to the Gamepad and it makes for a much cleaner look.

Oh, and yes, I'ld like to see more games deserving of being in HD on the WiiU. So far I think only ZombieU and AC:3 fit the bill (not counting the delayed ports of Batman, Mass Effect and the MH3 remake.) That's only 2 new games in 6 months.

Guitardude7

#4

Guitardude7 said:

@MeowGravy (sigh) and this is why Gaming has a tough time evolving. People like you mistake gimmicks for innovation. It cant be the same thing forever you know.

jorgem696

#5

jorgem696 said:

I think the smart phone isnt going to be that important for the Wii U because the Wii U tablet will already work as am smartphone

Dpullam

#6

Dpullam said:

I'm not sure what to think of it. I don't have a smartphone myself but if this idea was given enough effort and polish, it could make the game more enjoyable.

aaronsullivan

#7

aaronsullivan said:

It's for when you are AWAY from the game. Not sure what that has to do with the GamePad. You can't take your GamePad with you.

hamae

#9

hamae said:

All talk. All talk. Don't believe the app can do much. If app can really do innovative and fun gameplay, that means less reason to play/own a console. This is a self destructive move.

PinkSpider

#10

PinkSpider said:

Just show me some gameplay footage of the Wii U version it should technically be the superior of the current consoles out, lets hope it is and lets also hope nothing has been left out.

and @Guitardude7 I completely agree with you mate

What also annoys me is the Wii remote and Wii U Gamepad are classed as a gimmicks but because Xbox is classed as ''a hardcore console'' kinect seems to be accepted more... maybe i'm wrong but it certainly seems Nintendo get more flack than any other console developer

LavaTwilight

#11

LavaTwilight said:

Don't want to see MORE of it, but for a game like this it suits it perfectly! It'll be an excellent tool if they use it properly! Not like 'play the game away from home' - but if they simply make use of it, it'll be great!

Pachterkid

#12

Pachterkid said:

I doubt this feature will be in the Wii U version. The system has a hard enough time running non-Nintendo published games, period, so getting something like this to work properly on the machine is likely asking for too much. My Wii U has froze on me before when I was simply trying to turn the system off, so...

themac2001

#13

themac2001 said:

@koopakid

maybe they'll use the gampad instead of phones and such.

remember both microsoft and sony have phones while nintendo doens't

Mewtwo21

#14

Mewtwo21 said:

so only men will be playing this apparently.

" through his mobile. To be able to play directly with people who are on their console, who are on their PlayStation 4, even if he's on the bus."

yienwae

#15

yienwae said:

I guess I do not qualify as a hardcore gamer....

I am not interested in playing on the bus or starbucks or in the library or whatever. If i wanna play online and with other players, I will do it at home on the console. I don't care about this play while you are away feature.

All I ask is that Ubisoft taps in to the full capabilities of the U and the gamepad to enhance the game play. They did a good job with ZombiU. I'm hoping they do an even better job with Watchdogs now that they would have had a year under their belt with the U's specs.

Ren

#16

Ren said:

I don't care for the WiiU interface but I'm intrigued. Nice to see Chicago in a game for once, but I agree about it looking like a cheesy mans-world in a cleaned up fantasy Chicago. I guess in the near future this city is not so cheap anymore that the cops got rid of the cheap, fire-sale, chevy SUV's. doubtful.

MadAdam81

#17

MadAdam81 said:

@jorgem696 except you can't take a gamepad on the bus and have it work. Although with the next Nintendo console using the cloud, you could potentially do it. streaming your console to your gamepad anywhere in the world via internet.

As for the smartphone stuff, it's been done before, but not that well (aside from FPS stats). If they can do it really well, then we will see it a lot more. It really seems like this is the sort of title it can really work well with.

Ichiban

#18

Ichiban said:

@Guitardude: gaming doesnt need a mobile phone for a sidekick, the Wii U touchscreen is distracting enough as it is and thats on the controller!
I guess you think Smartglass is a good idea too?
Gamers always come back to their controller, always have, always will.

Mirkhay

#20

Mirkhay said:

Seeing the comments of the video on youtube makes me sick
I can't believe some guy said the game looks too "cartoony"
That my friends is the epitome of Graphics Whores
When the fist gameplay video of watch dogs was shown, EVERYONE was talking about the graphics, i don't think i saw a single comment about the gameplay and the mechanics that looked cool and promising

nik1470

#21

nik1470 said:

Not to bothered about the mobile element but am really looking forward to this game. I'm also really interested to see the wiiu graphics given ubisofts experience with the console.

banacheck

#22

banacheck said:

MeowGravy
I guess you think Smartglass is a good idea too?

I think you are confusing something which had no market in the home, with something that has a massive market already and if if true is threating the console market.

(Gamers always come back to their controller, always have, always will.)

I agree with you on that but so does the mobile market where you can use a Dualshock3 with some mobiles, much like you can use a 360 controller with a PC.

Gregor

#23

Gregor said:

That's ambitious as all hell Ubisoft. There is NO way you are going to pull that off on a smartphone. What are you trying to do, screw our necks up? Cramp our hand trying to use those piddly ass virtual joysticks and buttons that you think you can cram on to that tiny little screen. I've had enough of phone gaming ideas. Ya it's cool, but only for small gimmicks.

GiftedGimp

#24

GiftedGimp said:

This feature I doubt will make it to WiiU version. Nintendo Network, isn't as open as xbl/psn.. and probably more secure because of it, but it limits connectivity to outside services.
On the plus side WiiU has the gamepad offering somethings that will not be possible on other platforms.
Of Course Ubisoft and Nintendo seem to have a good relationship, so maybe by time the game arrives maybe Nintendo will have made it possible for Watchdogs to connect to services outside the Nintendo Network, after all the Uplay app does and NFS does connect to Origin... so maybe my doubts will be unfounded. Hope so.

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