Watch Leaks (Updated)
Because we just couldn't wait, we just had to cut to the chase and screw the official channels, DailyMotion is at it again. Leaking trailers and release dates and shizz. Watch Dogs dude. We know when it's coming to key an eye on us. We KNOW!
The trailer is...okay, the trailer is fucking ridiculous. I'm sorry, but it is. Ubi aren't even hiding the Deus Ex Machina maguffin. Aiden is, literally, handed the phone and told it will do...stuff. It will "make the city your playground," to the extent that we even see him shutting down the power of an entire city block (buildings and vehicles included) with the push of a button!
Maguffin on steroids.
Having said that, it's clear that Ubi have embraced the idea and just said screw it, go with it. Sure, it's a maguffin, it's an easy, lazy way to explain how you can do whatever the bleedin' 'ell you want with, like, no effort at all. But so what? It works, it's internally consistent, and it's a cool gameplay mechanic that fits with the setting. Aiden has been framed...maybe? Had a contract put out on his life, his family murdered in the face, and he's pissed and wants revenge. Something else the trailer clearly shows. This guy is not an upstanding, moral compass of virtue goody two shoes. He's pissed, and he wants people to pay.
And boy oh boy, do we want to make sure he gets his wish!
Something which, the part you've all been waiting for...
The trailer (because we all know it will be taken down, so see the screencap below when that inevitably happens) shows an Xbox 360 packshot on its own...weird, but we know the game will be coming to all major platforms, including the WiiU, as well as our beloved PC. Though being Ubi, expect the PC release to be closer to the 5th of June...ish. Either way, only two more months of rabid anticipation to go.
Update: We also have an offical press release from Ubi (see below) to confirm. Though the whole hacked for leak thing...just go with it. It fits the motif and it sounds better right? Bear in mind though, despite their eassurance, this is Ubi. They always delay PC releases.
London, UK — March 6, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft revealed that its highly anticipated open world action-adventure game, Watch Dogs™, will be released worldwide on May 27, 2014.
In Watch Dogs™, players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante hero who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago's central operating system (ctOS) to control almost every element of the city.
"We are pleased to be able to reveal to gamers all over the world the new release date for Watch Dogs™," said Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft. "We are extremely confident that the additional time we afforded the dev team to refine and polish the game will be more than worth the wait."
Players who purchase Watch Dogs™ on either PlayStation®3 or PlayStation®4™ will have exclusive access to 60 minutes of additional gameplay via the PlayStation® Network.
"We're really excited for the launch of Watch Dogs on both PS3® and PS4® and are confident that it will prove to be one of the standout games of 2014," said Michael Pattison, Vice President, Third Party Relations, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. "It's a unique and visionary game and we believe that the exclusive content available via PSN will not only excite gamers, but showcase how PlayStation® is a preferred destination for Watch Dogs."
Watch Dogs™ will be available on Sony PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Microsoft Xbox One® the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Microsoft Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and Windows PC. The Wii U™ version will release at a later date.