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Ubisoft Announces a Watch_Dogs eBook, //n/Dark Clouds

Posted by Jake Shapiro

Hopefully it's //n/joyable

Ubisoft has today announced it's publishing an eBook to tie in with the launch of Watch_Dogs, titled //n/Dark Clouds. The book will serve as a direct sequel to the events of the game, and release on 27th May in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. //n/Dark Clouds is authored by American science fiction novelist John Shirley, known best for the A Song Called Youth trilogy. Along with the announcement came a behind-the-scenes trailer:

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Shirley is "a known figure in the hacker community and is a pioneer of the cyberpunk movement," so Ubisoft believes he's a perfect fit for the world of Watch_Dogs. He's working closely with the writers and development team at Ubisoft Montréal to create an eBook that incorporates characters from the game, as well as new characters of his own:

Working on Watch Dogs was enormously interesting to me because its world offers the convergence of cyberpunk and the edgy tech reality of our times; it all plays out with action and energy against the inner city backdrop that I thrive in. With hack tech in one hand and gun in the other, Aiden Pearce is a believable fusion of hacker and action hero who deliberately slips between the cracks of society to relentlessly pursue his agenda. The novel introduces Mick Wolfe, an ex-military, who get caught in a dangerous game in Chicago’s hyper connected and violent underground. Working with Thomas Geffroyd and Kevin Shortt at Ubisoft to develop the book was a rocking experience – Ubisoft is right out there on the frontier of videogame development. I couldn’t ask for more inspiration.

//n/Dark Clouds will be available in two formats: a standard eBook, and a premium version with interactive elements and videos. You can find out more at the novel's official website here. The 27th May launch coincides with the release of Watch_Dogs on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, but Wii U owners will have to wait until an unspecified later date in Fall to get their hands on the game. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with //n/Dark Clouds. Will you be picking this up?

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memoryman3 said:

"Wii U owners will have to wait until an unspecified later date in Fall to get their hands on the game."

Aww.... CRUD! Now the multiplayer will be useless....



memoryman3 said:

"Wii U owners will have to wait until an unspecified later date in Fall to get their hands on the game."

Aww.... CRUD! Now the multiplayer will be useless....



0utburst said:

I'd buy the game on the Wii U if they release it with all the DLCs included at no extra cost.



ricklongo said:

Has a book based on a video game ever been good? The Assassin's Creed general storyline is a veritable mess. This will probably be no different.

Still interest in the game, depending on when it comes to the Wii U.



ikki5 said:

oh boy, the Wii U version will be able to out sell one of the versions of Watchdogs on the multiplatforms it is coming on to. the System Brain imagination will surly do the worst.




readypembroke said:

@ricklongo The Splinter Cell Blacklist: Aftermath book was great. It stuck what Blacklist had: the SMI, Paladin, Kobin, Charlie, Sam, Grim and Isaac. If you played SC: Conviction coop, then you will notice a known character.



ICHIkatakuri said:

@ricklongo I read a crysis 2 book for a review piece and it wasn't bad. Nothing revolutionary, but quite enjoyable and helped endear me to the game character a bit more.



Uberchu said:

@kensredemption That website is own by NLife...

but Not buying this game coz no Wii U version, and 3rd parties suck for bring games I can't afford to buy to my U



TheRealThanos said:

@Marshi In before me. I fully agree with you. The Halo books were, ESPECIALLY for game related books, pretty well written and quite an entertaining read. For other good reading material, only PC game-related books have been decent enough for me. (Warhammer, AD&D and so on)



unrandomsam said:

Anything when it has a good author who is somewhat experienced with the genre like this has the potential to be fine.

However I am just not interest in anything Ubisoft due to the utter contempt placed on customers with uplay.

I read a Road Rash book I thought was quite good in the early 90's (Got me into the games much more).



Excep7ional said:

@TheRealThanos The Halo books were good, the Gears of War books were great too. I never played Warhammer but the front covers of the books always made me want to read them, lol.

I think I'll pick this up. Don't see why not.



TheRealThanos said:

@Excep7ional I see that I forgot to add the 40k part to my Warhammer comment. I only read the space marine novels, and talking about the Halo books made me remember that. I can recommend nearly all of them, if you're into space battles and figthing aliens set in a sort of neo-classical-empire-with-ridiculous-guns-and-technology kind of setting. The Blood Angel and Blood Raven stories are some of my favorites:,000_novels
And if you have an Xbox 360, PS3 or a PC, then you might also want to try the Warhammer 40k game, it's pretty entertaining, but once again: IF you are into that kind of thing. If I would have to describe it, then it would be a mix between Halo, Gears of War and a squad based real-time strategy game in 3rd person perspective.



Chubblings said:

I'm not sure if this counts, but I've always loved the Pokémon Adventure Mangas, that are based of off the games of each region. To me, those are well-written, full of action, and makes me wish the Pokémon anime was better.



Excep7ional said:

@TheRealThanos Thank you for the recommendations. I'm going to go look up the books right now and since I'm a huge fan of everything you just mentioned, there is no doubt I will enjoy them. A space novel with a neo-classical-empire setting is something I can definitely get into. Thanks again. Also, I'll check out the game as well.



TheRealThanos said:

@Excep7ional You're welcome. I have to admit that I have no idea whatsoever what the books are going to cost or if they are even still available. After all, it isn't exactly high literature, so the older titles may be out of print, so good luck hunting them down. The game should be available for no more than 10 to 15 bucks by now.
Here's a video to help you get a quick impression of the game:
I also came across ratings and never even knew that the game scored this high: 92 on IGN and 4 out of 5 on Metacritic, to name but a few. I never bothered to check back when I bought it. I just got the game because of liking the books and the setting and also because I did read about it being somewhat in the vein of Gears of War. Buying it was still a bit of a gamble, but luckily I liked it the moment I started playing it. The finishing moves are VERY satisfying...
Anyway, let me know what you thought of any of it, both books and the game, if you decide to buy any of them. Always nice to find like minds...
UPDATE: man, I should be a contestant on the price is right:



TheRealThanos said:

@ICHIkatakuri Never read those, so I wouldn't be able to tell you which one I'd prefer, but I was always into Space Marines: on the Amiga I played the Space Hulk games, then I started to collect and paint Space Marine figurines both to play board games with as well as display them, and after that I started reading Space Marine novels. And finally there was the game for my Xbox 360, and I also have a Space Marine game on DS (Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command).

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