There are few things we enjoy more than griefing our friends. Lucky for people like us, we’re no longer limited to playing on a console if we want mess with each other in Watch Dogs. The game’s ctOS Mobile app pits friend against friend in thrilling and fast-paced challenges, as I experienced in my hands-on session with the app. To start things off, I had to locate my opponent on a map of Chicago, and then I was able to challenge him with a simple tap on his icon. Once he accepted, his job was to hit four checkpoints within the time limit. My job? Making sure he didn’t.

Watch Dogs - Getting Adversarial

By dragging the helicopter on the screen to hover over the console player’s marker (which moved in real time with his movements on the screen) I was able to see the various aspects of Chicago’s infrastructure I could affect. As my opponent stole a car and headed toward an intersection I quickly hacked the traffic lights, sending cars careening into him. His luck held out and he was able to keep moving. If a player dies during the challenge it’s not an automatic game over, but he’ll have to start back at the beginning and none of the time is returned.

I threw up a blocker as he sped by… and missed him by a hair. No worries, because I caught him with a steam pipe hack shortly after, sending his car rolling. Finding a new vehicle cost him precious time and the commotion he had caused in the the city – or, to be more precise, the commotion I helped cause for him – had the police on his trail, slowing him down further. Unfortunately for the console player, I was simply too skilled in hack-fu and he never made it to the finish line.

Watch Dogs – Head to Head with the ctOS Mobile App

The ctOS Mobile app will be available on both Android and iOS (tablets and phones). “Watch Dogs – ctOS Mobile players don’t need to own the console game or even a console to play,” Technical Lead Frédéric Blais told us. However, app players will need to have a friend playing the game on the console in order to hop in and challenge them. Blais went on to say, “Watch Dogs – ctOS Mobile is a free app, with its own progression skills; the more you play, the better you will get and the better the experience will become.” Take the app anywhere and play anytime. As long as you have access to wifi or a 3G network, you have access to the city of Chicago.

For more details on Watch Dogs, head over to these posts:

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Watch Dogs – Hacking into Multiplayer

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
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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. leroy on September 6, 2013
    When can i download the app?
  2. Mladen Mihajlovic on September 7, 2013
    Awesome. These are such great ideas. At least it gives another person in a house a chance to play together with someone...
  3. Omen on September 7, 2013
    This all looks really cool, is there any chance of a Windows Phone version coming in the future?
    • Charles Miller on September 8, 2013
      I was wondering the same thing :).
    • shadow on September 26, 2013
      i hope they release i windows phone app
    • Filiph Sandström(filfat) on September 30, 2013
      really hope so, a Windows 8 Version would be great too :D
    • Mac on April 16, 2014
      Windows Phone 8 will necessarily
  4. Dominik (PGR) on September 8, 2013
    That sounds incredibly cool, we've just featured you on PGR! :)
  5. Stuart on September 11, 2013
    Using 'griefing' to describe this app is a double edged sword. Some people clearly enjoy griefing but being griefed can be a miserable experience and has often stop me playing a game I was otherwise enjoying. Glad to see you have to elect to participate in this as the person playing the game but as a new buzz word used to describe competitive play it's going to sound sour to many who've experienced mean spirited attacks in other games because someone needs to ruin other players fun in order to have 'fun' themselves.
    • Leonardo on September 23, 2013
      But you need to remember that to the "griefing" begin the console/PC player needs to accept the challenge... So if he accepts to be challenge he also knows that the other player is going to grief him, so I don't think thats a problem.By the other hand you may remember that the if the console/PC player requests for help the mobile player will be able to do the oposite to grief, help him to lose the cops and/or enemies.So I think that Ubisoft's idea to this app was incredible, and making it able to run even for players that didn't bought the game just makes it better.
  6. Rekha Chauhan on September 23, 2013
    This seems to be very interesting. I definitely going to use it in my iphone.
  7. Yannis on January 28, 2014
    This app NEEDS to be put on windows phone. I'm tired of windows phone being put aside for stuff like this.
  8. ViktorSkiski on February 19, 2014
    I hope it's on Windows Phone 8. All the cool apps are android and iOs only, I'm tired of it. Windows phone is even better is some ways then android or apple
  9. joseph on March 6, 2014
    it is a boos
  10. joseph on March 6, 2014
  11. joseph on March 6, 2014
    i like minecraft its a boos so is watch dogs ever playd demo
  12. KYLE on April 2, 2014
    I feel like if you are playing the game it would be hard to use this app at the same time. But I do think it will be pretty cool to have a friend help you out while you are playing the game. I would definitely like to see this on windows 8 and I also hope that I will be able to set waypoints with it! :)

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