It’s official. Watch Dogs has gone gold, and is right on track for worldwide release on May 27, 2014.

Watch Dogs - Gone Gold

A next-gen experience that reinvents the way gamers will interact with an interconnected open-world city, Watch Dogs arms players with the most powerful of modern weapons: a cell phone that grants unprecedented access to Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS). Aiden Pearce wields this weapon – along with his brawn, his guns and his high-tech gadgets – as a vigilante driven to seek out justice (or vengeance) against those who harmed his family.

First revealed at E3 2012, Watch Dogs has been in the works since 2009. Now that the game’s gone gold after an epic five-and-a-half-year development cycle, what’s that mean for the team? “It’s exciting to be gold,” says Creative Director Jonathan Morin. “But it’ll be more exciting when people are playing. For the fans it means that it’s true. It means there will be no such thing as another delay. But for us, it’s not done until they actually have it in their hands.”

Morin’s fan-centric response might be true for any game, but with Watch Dogs it’s especially important for the team to hand their creation to players and allow them to take control of this fully interactive city. That’s because Watch Dogs is all about player choice. “We tried to make a game that’s very scalable in the sense that it supports your play style,” says Lead Gameplay Designer Danny Belanger. “It supports what you want to do most of the time. And it also supports your motivation. Do you want to play a story? Do you want to drive? Do you want to shoot? Do you want to hack? Do you want to play with others? Do you want to play on a tablet? It allows players to do what they feel like, which I find really cool. There’s lots of things to explore, there’s lots of things to try. I think the greatest thing about Watch Dogs is doing what you think is fun.”

Morin agrees, comparing Watch Dogs to a musical instrument. “I invite players to play it the way they want,” he says. “To explore the different ways of playing. To not necessarily follow the instincts they know from other games. To find your own fun in it. That’s how Watch Dogs is meant to be played.”

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Of course, the team still would like players to spend a lot of time with the game’s central innovation. “I hope they enjoy hacking,” Belanger laughs. After all, one of the game’s biggest development challenges was layering the hacking mechanic over all the other core gameplay elements – driving, shooting, stealth, combat – while making sure it’s both fun and useful at all times. From what we’ve played so far, the team has definitely succeeded.

As for Morin, he’s looking forward to seeing his game in a whole new light. “I’m going to have fun hearing what the players have to say and how they might surprise us,” he smiles. “I invite you to embrace the whole player creativity and impress us with it!”

Out of the Shadows

So what can you do while you wait for the game’s release later this month? Now’s the perfect time to check out the Watch Dogs Digital Shadow app. Since the app launched last month, almost a million profiles have been created. The app uses your Facebook data to piece together a comprehensive profile – and point out where you’re most vulnerable to an attack from a malicious hacker. For more on the app, check out: Watch Dogs – What Is Your Digital Shadow? And to go directly to the app (accessible only in the US), head to the official Digital Shadow website.

Watch Dogs - What is Your Digital Shadow?

Access even more Watch Dogs info with these UbiBlog features:

Watch Dogs – 35 Highlights from Four Hours of Gameplay

Watch Dogs – Season Pass Details

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

Watch Dogs – Reputation

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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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65 comments
iran
iran

wach dogs 2 wach dogs 2 wach dogs 2 wach dogs 2 wach dogs 2 wach dogs 2 wach dogs 2 در سراسر ایران فروش داشته است

Aston
Aston

Will Xbox 360 Controller for WINDOWS be aviable for Watch Dogs on PC?

Trenton
Trenton

Um...Hi Ubisoft. I pre-ordered Watch Dogs for my xbox 360, and I heard that those graphics were kinda poor...do you know where I could find xbox 360 screenshots?

eldest
eldest

Hey Ubisoft,

Can you explain adding the language restriction on Steam?

I live in Russia, but I prefer playing games on english language, because the translation is just horrible usually and it's kinda my way to improve english. I know, the game is cheaper here and I don't mind about regional restriction, but let me play it on language I want.

Is there any way to buy and play this game on english for me now?

ceekay
ceekay

I'm a PC player. Will we have to wait for the hard copy to arrive with the box/edition we ordered, or the game will be downloadable via Uplay and the activation code will be sent in an email?

I pre-ordered Watch Dogs DedSec Edition from Amazon and don't know what to expect.

Sagiri
Sagiri

I love that the title of the article just refers to a paragraph that is almost not even there.

And that the tiny paragraph doesn't even explain the phrase.

Dexter
Dexter

Hype hype hype hype!! :D

Darklight
Darklight

From E3 2012 to 27th of May 2014, it's been an incredible long period of waiting. Best of luck guys!

Xzenor
Xzenor

1080p or not, I can't wait until the release date! I have to, I know.. But it's hard :-)

dopemagic
dopemagic

i have something to say i have pre ordered the game on my playstation 4 and it said i would get 60 minutes of gameplay (hopefully i dont sound stupid) like before the game actually comes out i dont seem to know it said i would get 60 minutes gameplay which i think its meaning that i get 60 minutes before the game actually comes out but i dont know can someone please answer me

Paul
Paul

Congrats ubisoft amazing game. I just wanted to say this looks worth my money. Only one question. Will there ever be an option to play free roam online for xbox 360 and ps3? Maybe even you could buy a pass to play. This game still looks great and I still would be fine without free roam online, but it would be nice to have it.

Joel monserrate
Joel monserrate

congratulations on making the game gold wanna go to the midnight release cannot wait to play this game I might have to call in sick .

Thank you.

Said
Said

60FPS? COD GHOST CAN, WATCH_BITCHES DON´T XDDDDD

LP
LP

Watch_Dogs or Watch Dogs? Ubisoft, please don't be inconsistent.

LBrize
LBrize

I really think the Wii U version is going to surprise a lot of people, with resolution and framerate similar to PS4, and hopefully no missing DLC or other features.

Airwane
Airwane

That Digital Shadow app isn't work in the UK. Why?

You could have at least gave us a Demo lol

[Insert Username Here]
[Insert Username Here]

Congratz Ubisoft Montreal! I look forward to seeing the Extremely-Dynamic game you've spent 5 years putting together in 13 days!

WelfareBob
WelfareBob

This game is going to be one of my most anticipated games of 2014! I am so obsessed with this game I have been following there blog posts and podcasts since they first announced it.. I bought the game and the season pass with it but no way am I buying the $129 version skip that.. Too expensive.. You can actually buy the scarf for $30 from ubi workshop lol..

IronicSonic
IronicSonic

Now, resume your work with the Wii U version!

Guest
Guest

This sucks dick, taking forever to release. Originally was supposed to be released late last year, then the 20th and now the 27th... WTF?!

Edward Foster
Edward Foster

I absolutely can not wait for this game. It is going to be ridiculous, watchdogs is just straight sick. I love this shit!!!!!!!!!!

EA
EA

Great news. I made a thread on the forums wondering about this--glad to see an announcement.

Keloric
Keloric

Well, I'll still buy it putting the resolution/fps thing aside.

I hope sacrificing the resolution was really worth it.

But seriously UBI, you should stop showing people high quality demos that the final retail version can't have. I've seen that a lot. Even with PC versions, like for Farcry3 .

Now I'm feeling that The Division demo you claim to run on PS4 last year during E3 was a lie.

I have a feeling that The Division is also going to receive a huge downgrade in terms of graphics for the retail version.

Gungsta
Gungsta

That 60 minutes of gameplay is Playstation exclusive gameplay, it happens some of their games recently, particularly AC games, it is generally just an extra mission they put in for Sony.

Sergiu
Sergiu

It actually means you'll have extra missions when playing the game that will sum up to 60 minutes of gameplay. It has nothing to do with the release date.

Paul
Paul

Same calling in sick for school

Xzenor
Xzenor

....and they're so alike......

Happy To be a PC GAMER
Happy To be a PC GAMER

Ok, two things here:

1) turn off your caps-lock

2) Cod is a corridor shooter (and a bad one at that) so it has nowhere near the same requirements hardware wise as watchdogs...

Xzenor
Xzenor

How can you think that? You need computing power for all that..

The Wii U doesn't have that..

WelfareBob
WelfareBob

WII U sucks! It won't be the same on the wii u version compared to the PC PS4 and Xbox One.. Buy a PS4 and play the game :-)

Jeffreh
Jeffreh

Congrats on being an idiot. Even if you had the supporters, no company will take a "letter" like that seriously. You really think they didn't do all they could to make it high res? It makes absolutely no sense for them to limit the res unless they have to. If you don't like it, buy a PC and you won't have to worry about it. You can even use xbox/ps controllers on the pc. There's no real reason to buy a console anyore.

Derp
Derp

Oh yeah and expect for The Division be Like 720p sub 20fps on XBO and PS4, Plus the downgrade. Just wait for E3 and a delay obviouslly, i'll never trust Ubi again.

oh yeah and The Crew already got a downgrade.

dopemagic
dopemagic

thank you guys so much i was thinking that but i thought it was kind of a stupid thought at first but anyways thanks

Kyle
Kyle

Yeah mister "SAID" is clearly trolling :)

Cory Kearney
Cory Kearney

Cod ghost was really bad well for me anyway. And I can't wait to get my limited edition of watch_dogs :)

Flop'
Flop'

And how can you think that ? Who said it ? Nobody, a console doesn't need power to make surprise. Of course, this is a possibility, but you can make a player having fun or enjoying play video games with a wonderful graphisms, beautiful musics, new type of gameplay, a great line-up (as for Wii U) and more again. Just try to be broadminded and waitbefore telling what you don't really know.

Paul
Paul

On Wii u you will probably be able to use the tablet thingy to hack from think how amazing that is

Jared Garcia
Jared Garcia

It'll be better than those versions. Why you ask? Because Ubisoft now has everyone working on it so it can be the best it can be. If they wanted another version to be the best, they'd have done the same thing.

Brody
Brody

Yeah but with PC there is that issue of crashes out the window and the fact you have to pay a thousand to 5 thousand if you want good one that can run in it's full 1080p 60fps and not have those lag spikes you can have

Isaac
Isaac

You forgot about the DRM crap they're doing! That's one of the worst things Ubisoft does.

Xzenor
Xzenor

Yeah... The lack of decent hardware is not an issue of course.....

The Wii U is a toy.. Not a serious platform.

CodeOverflow
CodeOverflow

You are an idiot. That's what people think and it's not true. I setup my own PC for 800$ and run watch dogs all on max at 60 frames.

Do some research before spewing ignorant shit.

Flop'
Flop'

Wii U IS a real console, with real games, and real new fonctionalities, you just have a close spirit and you don't want to consider the differences on the bright side and the games you don't play as real games. Respect the choices of other players treating every console equal.