If it’s true that we’re defined by the company we keep, then Aiden Pearce is arguably a pretty seedy guy. That’s because the star of Watch Dogs knows people. People on his speed dial who can make bodies disappear. People who can hang out at a Sunday barbecue as easily as they can hack into the most secure networks. His besties are veritable lunatics. Of course, when you have a past like Aiden’s, these are the sorts of individuals you tend to attract. Get a glimpse of these characters in action in this new video.

Just like Aiden himself, these friends occupy a moral gray zone: a hazy, murky place where the proverbial line shifts and dances around, where all ethics are defined in the moment. Indeed, these are the same types of “friends” who had put the hurt on Aiden’s family back before he became the man he now is. And now that Aiden’s on the path of revenge (and, perhaps, redemption), he’ll need a little help from other less-than-savory people he’s met on his life journey.

Enemies? Allies? It’s often hard to tell the difference. We sort through Aiden’s tangled relationships with the help of our own friend: Lead Story Designer Kevin Shortt. Following are some of the major players in Aiden Pearce’s hunt for the people responsible for his family’s pain.

T-Bone Grady

You might remember the scatterbrained, dreadlocked T-Bone from an earlier preview. “He’s kind of a distracted, crazy guy who’s very tech-savvy,” Shortt says. (Shortt also describes T-Bone as a “flighty, crazy hippie.” Awesome.)

Watch Dogs – A Little Help from Aiden’s Friends

“T-Bone is key to helping Pearce find the people responsible for hurting his family,” Shortt continues. Of course, T-Bone also has his own issues he’s trying to deal with. He’s not just running from a barber – he’s also running from his own past. “He made a mistake in his life and some people died because of it so he’s been wrestling with that. I wouldn’t say he’s messed up, but he’s scattered and he’s affected by the things that happened in the past. He and Pearce share that. They deal with it in different ways, but they share that past and it bonds them in a way.”

We’ve already seen a hint of that shadowy past catching up to T-Bone when a group of men out to kill him have him cornered, forcing him to call on Aiden for help. In order to maintain these kinds of relationships there will need to be some give and take, so expect more story-driven gameplay missions like this. We’ll see even more T-Bone following the launch of the game in the DLC single-player campaign starring the eccentric hacker with a penchant for blowing things up.

Jordi Chin

When your plan runs into some… complications, you call a fixer: the type of guy who you hire to make a problem go away – whatever the problem is. That’s where Jordi Chin comes in. We first met him in the gameplay demo that came out of our E3 2012 press conference. More recently we encountered him (and did some rather illegal work for him) in our four-hour demo. He’s to-the-point, has a wicked sense of humor, and comes with the solutions to all your problems – so long as you can pay him. Along with their financial relationship, Jordi and Aiden share a complicated friendship. Shortt explains: “Pearce uses him a lot, to the point where they kind of become friends, but they both know they could kill each other if they wanted to. They like each other but it’s strictly business. If Pearce doesn’t pay Jordi the right amount, Jordi will not help him out.”

Watch Dogs – A Little Help from Aiden’s Friends

Among all of Aiden’s acquaintances, Shortt picks Jordi as his favorite. “It’s hard to pick one, but I gotta say there’s something about Jordi that always makes me smile every time he comes on the screen,” Shortt says. “He can be quite violent and ruthless in what he does, and yet he’s always got this quirky humor that goes with it. He’s a pretty lovable guy, even as dangerous as he is.” From what we’ve seen, he just might be our favorite too. We can appreciate a morbid sense of humor.

Clara Lille

Clara Lille is perhaps as much a mystery as Aiden himself. While Shortt doesn’t want to spoil her secret past, he offers up a few tidbits about Clara: “She’s a dangerous woman who can weave her way through any system and expose every secret you hide. She might be an ally… but she might just as easily ruin Aiden.”

Aiden meets this mysterious French-Canadian woman early on in the game and they form a deep bond, but beyond that Shortt was wary of saying anything too revealing. “She has a bit of a dark secret that she’s holding onto. You’ll find out eventually through the course of the game what that is.”

Watch Dogs – A Little Help from Aiden’s Friends

And the rest…

“Jordi, T-Bone and Clara are just a high-level shot of some of the people you’ll end up seeing,” Shortt smiles. “There are many more.” Aiden’s journey causes his life to collide with a wide range of people. Some might be allies, some might be enemies and some might be both, depending on their moods or Pearce’s wallet. These even include an “old friend” who re-enters Aiden’s life and makes it a whole bunch more complicated. In the video above we get a quick look at two other characters – Anthony “Iraq” Wade and Dermot “Lucky” Quinn – who will play important roles.

All these friends and associates have a real impact Aiden’s development as well. “The people Aiden crosses paths with have an opinion on what he’s doing. Their actions affect how he thinks.” And it’s not just people: Aiden also crosses paths with the shadowy DedSec – a hacker collective out to enlighten the citizens of Chicago to the dangers of the CtOS. (We’ll have more on DedSec soon.)

Aiden’s family also plays a role in the story. As you might guess, they aren’t completely behind Pearce’s self-destructive, compulsive behavior. “Pearce is determined to find out who’s responsible by any means necessary. He doesn’t know who did it; he only knows his family was seriously hurt. He becomes obsessive about it. His family says, Let it go. We’re moving on. But Aiden can’t.” It’s this borderline fanatical Aiden that we meet when Watch Dogs begins, but we’ll have to play the game to see where his thirst for vengeance takes him…

Watch Dogs – A Little Help from Aiden’s Friends

For more on Watch Dogs, check out these posts:

Watch Dogs – 35 Highlights From Four Hours of Gameplay

Watch Dogs – Season Pass Details

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

Watch Dogs

Watch_Dogs™

Release date — May 27, 2014
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
the author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under Gary Steinman. She can now be found skulking around the UbiBlog, once more working for Gary. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis

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  1. EA on July 26, 2013
    Stop this, Ubisoft. I'm getting excited. This game is too far away to get excited about now...
    • Ayo on July 29, 2013
      I hope watch dogs has a car racing mode and I also hope it's online.
      • Ter on April 29, 2014
        There is one.
    • A 9mm Gun on June 3, 2014
      THIS IS CRAP I PLAYED WATCH DOGS ALL THE WAY TO THE END AND I HAVE THE SEASON PASS ADDED . AND I STILL CANT PLAY T-BONE ON MY GAME . HOW DO I PLAY AS T-BONE THEN OR DID THAY JUST LARE ABOUT IT .
      • Anne Lewis | Communications Specialist Author on June 3, 2014
        Hey, the T-Bone DLC isn't available yet. It will be coming out a little bit later. The DLC is meant to extend the experience. Keep an eye on the blog for a release date when it gets a little closer.
  2. Robby on July 26, 2013
    In a way I hate reading these, because as "EA" said I am quite excited about this game its its too far away! On the flip side I love reading these because it's something new about a game I'm interested in and I'm always craving more! Also I might be wrong but when your first talking about "Jordi Chin" there is a mistype on the first line. "Fixer: -THE- type of guy..."
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on July 26, 2013
      You're absolutely right. It's always the little things, isn't it? So glad to hear you're excited for the game! Trust me, I'm right there with both of you. It's so close and yet so far.
      • Ital on May 8, 2014
        Hi Anne, I would be incredibly pleased if you see "Watch Dogs: Ultimate Trailer". Let me know what do you think. // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZCl8wPHTSg //
        • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on May 8, 2014
          Looks great, Ital! Very cool video. Thank you for sharing the link.
          • Ital on May 8, 2014
            Thank you, Anne!
  3. Eric on July 26, 2013
    I'm dying to see some more footage of this game in action. It seems like we have been getting a lot of Assassin's Creed videos lately, which is unfortunate since this game can use some more attention.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on July 26, 2013
      If you're craving more Watch Dogs footage you'll definitely want to keep your eyes on the UbiBlog.
      • Eric on July 26, 2013
        Awesome! =)
  4. DM on July 27, 2013
    It looks like the story and characters could be just as interesting as the gameplay! This might become one of the few games I've ever preordered!
  5. Ayo on July 29, 2013
    I hope that watch dogs has a car racing mode and also one that can go online.o
  6. amirhosian on July 30, 2013
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  7. Nina Vale on March 30, 2014
    Gods I think I might just fallen for this game. Mainly it's story. I can't wait. Really can't wait till may an it's painful because it's neither long neither short time. A month. So near yet so far. Ugh. and I'm curious about one thing. It might be just my observation but I've seen other people notice it too...could it be that inspiration for Clara came from Millennium series? She looks like Lisbeth Salander and she shares the hacker abilities and the "work alone" trait. I also cling to some hope-since the story in the game is so fantastic-that someone would turn this into a book like with Assasin's Creed.
  8. Bijin06 on May 8, 2014
    Hello there :3 I have a little question: was it PC or PS4 footage? :DI am already a big fan of Jordi Chin xD And Aiden \ÖvÖ/ ~ I always fangirl when I see a picture of Aiden on tumblr xD Just can't wait for the 27th *runs in circles*
    • The Lie on May 9, 2014
      I believe it was PS4.
      • Bijin06 on May 10, 2014
        I also think so :D I am just kinda sick of this childish graphic-war.... as long as a game is interesting and makes fun I don't care graphics that much xD My PS4 can't wait to eat this game xP BTW: Thanks for your reply :3 Even if it was just a suggestion :)
        • Ital on May 11, 2014
          I also think so! And even the footage from IGN's 'exclusive series' that some people are claiming is PC, is PS4, I believe. At least that can be said for the buttons, but an official confirmation would be AWESOME. Anne! Gary! Everyone at Ubisoft! Could you clear things up?
          • Bijin06 on May 11, 2014
            Wasn't there a "contract" between Ubisoft and Sony that Ubi has to show Playstation footage before anything else? .-. Like Microsoft and Activision have? If yes: I guess that it had/ has to be PS4.... lol But you're right - An official statement would be pretty cool :D @Ubi: The game looks amazing and keep that amazing work! :D
  9. Ital on May 8, 2014
    Hi all, check out "Watch Dogs: Ultimate Trailer". This is a remix made by myself, so don't get any wrong idea. However it might content some fresh scenes to you. In any case, I would say that if you raise your hype 1% by seeing this simple montage, I will be more than satisfied. And if you do, let me know what do you think. // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZCl8wPHTSg //
  10. Nathan on May 9, 2014
    Hey, I was wondering, it it true that only next gen systems like the ps4, xbox one, pc, have exclusive gameplay ?? Like the "Data Decryption and Bonus free roam online options" Can you guys let me now because if this is so them I'm going to be a little annoyed and depressed and feel a little ripped off. Thank you and you guys are Awesome. I HAVE ASKED EVERYONE BUT NOT ONEPERSON HAS ANSWERED ME :(
    • The Lie on May 10, 2014
      Yes, it's true. Only next-gen consoles get data decryption and free-roam modes. So, if you are getting the game for 360 or PS3, you won't be able to play those modes.PS3 & 4 get exclusive playstation missions and oufits.
  11. Chris on May 10, 2014
    There is some exclusives for PS3/PS4, but I am not sure about Xbox and pc.
  12. Otto Russell on May 22, 2014
    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article! It's the little changes which will make the most important changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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  14. Peter on May 30, 2014
    So im having this problem with the game, im putting my watch dogs disc in my xbox, i press launch, and im waiting for it to load. when it is done loading, the screen where it says, continue,new game and so on, i press continue and then the loading screen comes up again, and then it stops loading, but the watch dogs logo is not stopping moving so i have no idea what to do. I have downloaded the installation disc, and i have tried to refresh my internet, i have tried to put my memory storage in and out, i have really tried everything. But nothing happens. What do i do?
  15. Bert on June 5, 2014
    Hey, i just bought the season pass, do i have to buy the T-Bone DLC or does it come into the season pass?
  16. Lucca on August 2, 2014
    I Bought the season pass and I cant play T-Bone yet
  17. Lucca on August 2, 2014
    I bought the season pass and I cant play as T-Bone yet
  18. Lucca on August 2, 2014
    I'd like To know how I Can play as T-bone

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