Yes, the headline above says Multiplayer Guide. And yes, this post is all about the various ways that multiple players can interact with each other in Watch Dogs. But here’s the thing: Ask anyone on the Ubisoft Montreal dev team about “multiplayer” and they’re likely to (kindly) correct you. It’s seamless online, they’ll say. And y’know what? They’re right. Because in Watch Dogs it’s not multiplayer as we typically know it. It’s not about lobbies and leaderboards. It’s not a separate experience, segmented off from the single-player campaign. It’s a fully integrated way to enjoy online gameplay with other people, while remaining immersed in your own version of Watch Dogs’ Chicago.

Watch Dogs - Decryption

“We don’t talk about it in terms of single-player and multiplayer,” explains Lead Gameplay Designer Danny Belanger. “It’s all online. It’s seamless. You continue your game. That aspect, for me, is crucial because otherwise it’s a break in the experience. It all feels like one experience.”

How, exactly, does it work? And what can you enjoy in the seamless online experience? We lay it all out, with insights straight from Belanger. But first, check out this 9-minute walkthrough video narrated by Animation Director Colin Graham…

Ways to Play

Intrusion
Belanger describes this as a “techno high-and-seek where you need to steal data from your opponent and get away. He can actually stop you if he finds you with the profiler.”

Decryption
Those who want a highly competitive team-based throwdown will find it with this four-against-four PvP mode. It’s fast, it’s intense, and it’s fully integrated into the open-world Chicago. See it in action in the video above. (Note: Decryption is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.)

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

Tailing
If you enter someone’s game, you can follow and observe him. The goal is to gain valuable information before escaping. As Belanger explains, both the tailing and intrusion gameplay are built to “create a neutral-positive dynamic between two players that’s in the universe of Watch Dogs. If someone comes into your game just to kill you, it’s not fun.”

Racing
As straightforward as it sounds. Players can use different cars and race on different tracks, all set within the game’s world.

Time Out

Just to clarify: Yes, you can turn off the online multiplayer options. If you don’t want anyone hacking into your game or tailing you, simply toggle this off in the menu. But before you do that, keep in mind that the game naturally turns off the multiplayer during missions. “If you’re in a narrative experience, that’s your narrative experience you’re living in,” Belanger says. And that’s not the only time when multiplayer is turned off. If you’re in any activity where it’d be intrusive to have someone enter your world, the game doesn’t allow another player to enter. “We try to make sure it’s when you’re available and during your free-roaming and you’re not doing something else that could be disrupted. That’s when we turn it on and allow players to come in and invade you.”

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

Another important aspect of the seamless online: it adapts to each player. “We have a shield,” Belanger explains. “So if someone comes into your game and hacks you, you’re protected. It can’t happen. The less you partake in the multiplayer, the longer the shield. If you’re not hacking people and you’re not into that gameplay, the game will recognize and acknowledge that you’re not into that. That’s fine. The shield will slowly become many hours because we’re trying to adapt. There are so many different players and we’re trying to adapt to all of them and make an experience that works for them.”

Always Aiden

The biggest question we often get: If I’m Aiden Pearce, and I hack into your game, and you’re also Aiden Pearce…are we both Aiden Pearce?

The answer is yes. But also, no. (Stick with us, because it’s actually not confusing at all.)

All players will always see themselves as Aiden Pearce. It’s that simple. So when I hack into your game, I see myself on my screen as Aiden. And when someone else hacks into my game, I continue to be Aiden. The same goes for the other player. However, each of us sees the other as a “fixer” whose appearance is chosen from the pool of NPCs.

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

That way players always stay in character, always retaining their identity in their own world. “It was better to do that than to create a very complicated system with multiple people,” Belanger says. “You are Aiden Pearce and a fixer is in your game trying to hack you.” Or, conversely, you are Aiden Pearce and you’re trying to hack a fixer. Either way, this system helps support the fantasy and immersion of the game’s world.

Rewards… and Risks

With the seamless online, it’s all about Notoriety. In order to track how well you’re doing with the various multiplayer modes, the game has a Notoriety rating that moves up and down in relation to your activities. “It’s your fame,” Belanger says. “It’s your rank as a hacker. If you are hacked you’ll lose a bit of notoriety.”

As Belanger says, Notoriety works like a thermometer. When it goes up you can gain skills – meaning that the seamless online isn’t just fun but also provides a benefit. There are even specific Notoriety skills in the skill tree.

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

Belanger is quick to point out that for most players, acquiring the skills gained through the seamless online gameplay should be easily achievable. “We didn’t want it to be frustrating or a punishment,” he says. “The goal was just to create a cool dynamic with something at risk, but not something that will make you upset and angry.”

Where Notoriety becomes a true gauge, though, is when a player really embraces the more competitive aspects of multiplayer. “The more you participate, the further you go – and then Notoriety becomes a leaderboard,” Belanger says. “You can remove some points from people and that will affect the leaderboard. People will be competing to be the best.”

Set Free

Along with the fully integrated seamless online multiplayer, Watch Dogs also lets another person challenge you via a second screen. The companion app (also shown in the above video) puts players in the role of a ctOS agent controlling the city and trying to stop Aiden Pearce by deploying the police (including a helicopter) and triggering hacks in the world. It’s a lot of fun for both players, and the app is totally free – you don’t even need to own the game to download and enjoy it. While the app isn’t set up to sync with your in-game profile, it does have its own progression; players can gain Notoriety and earn money, skills and experience points using the app. (For more on ctOS Mobile, check out: Watch Dogs – ctOS Mobile App FAQ)

Watch Dogs Companion App

Watch Dogs also includes the ability to free roam with multiple players, which Belanger describes as a more of a “bonus” than a full mode. “We give the city to the players and it’s all about building your own rules. It’s unstructured. You could jump in with a bunch of friends and just have fun with the city and the hacks and the systems.” (Note: Free roam is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.)

Master Hacker

The seamless online gameplay is there for you to enjoy, but how you play is totally up to you. “You can be disconnected and there’s still a very big action-adventure open-world game,” Belanger says. “This just gives you more choice. It’s the same for the companion app. If you’re online there’s more gameplay you can enjoy.”

Having tried out several of the online modes, I’m happy to affirm that the seamless online multiplayer does indeed feel natural to the Watch Dogs experience and fully integrated into the world. What’s more, it created a real push-pull, where I either wanted to protect myself from any threats or strut my stuff by hacking into someone else’s game. And that’s one of the primary goals for the seamless online.

“Someone could come into your game and hack you,” Belanger says. “To me, you feel invaded so there’s this sense of honor. This guy is in your game and you want to track him down. It’s the fantasy of surveillance. Aiden Pearce is a master hacker and he has all these tools, but as a player, if you’re not living the fantasy of someone watching you, there’s a piece of the puzzle missing.”

For more Watch Dogs intel, hack into these UbiBlog features:

Watch Dogs – ctOS Mobile App FAQ

Watch Dogs – Easter Eggs (*Spoiler Alert*)

Watch Dogs – Open World 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

Gary Steinman has won numerous editorial awards, but you probably don’t care about that. He also ran multiple industry leading publications and websites including PlayStation: The Official Magazine, GamesRadar.com, PC Gamer and Newtype USA – but that’s all in the past. The real truth about Gary? He loves cats, he takes too many selfies on Facebook (according to one co-worker, at least), and he occasionally crochets. And now he’s helping share stories about Ubisoft’s amazing games and their incredible creators in his role overseeing the UbiBlog and other select Ubisoft social channels. Follow him on Twitter: @GarySteinman

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  1. Mario Abou Rashed on April 25, 2014
    Thank you Ubisoft for creating the most amazing experience in #Watch_Dogs ;)
    • Ernesto on May 12, 2014
      Can i play decryption mode and free roam on my 360
      • Matthew Gargan on June 5, 2014
        Didn't you read mate???"(Note: Decryption is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.)"
    • Brian Perez on June 19, 2014
      Will "seamless online" freeroam be added to ps3/360 through patch or DLC??
  2. Kurashu on April 25, 2014
    Nice post. Would you guys know if ctOS app will also include "coop"? They showed the footage in 2013 demo, where "Aiden" searched for mobile help and a ctOS app player come in to disable police pursuit and hack into billboards to send messages.Would be a shame that this was lost for only competitive play...Anyway, one month to go!
    • skuttleman on April 25, 2014
      Same question. Co op with tablet app was one of the features I was most looking forward to.
      • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on April 26, 2014
        Right now, the modes are as outlined in the post. We'll check in with the team about co-op.
        • Kurashu on April 27, 2014
          Awesome! Thanks Gary!
        • James Paschall on May 28, 2014
          Hey my ID is JPLoganlant add me to you ctOS games
  3. That guy on April 25, 2014
    Is there a "free mode" where you and a bunch of friends can hang out and cause chaos? If so, could we have a little idea of how it works?
    • Derek on April 25, 2014
      Yes there's a free mode where you can just hang out with friends. It's talked about in the fourth paragraph from the bottom. Hope that helps!
      • MERCURIO2054 on April 28, 2014
        People don't read
  4. Keegan on April 25, 2014
    Yeah I sure hope there is a casual free roam mode with friends. Pretty much like gta.....but better ;)
    • rlando1 on April 28, 2014
      There is, see right above "Master Hacker" near the bottom, under the picture of the tablet. I am super excited for that mode mainly! :D
  5. Bob Carson on April 25, 2014
    Im hoping for a coop campaign ordeal. I was really looking forward to playing the campaign with a friend in a coop state. I hope this will be a possibility
  6. Ital on April 26, 2014
    Is there any local multiplayer? (as asked by another person in one previous post). I would really LOVE it!
  7. Travis on April 26, 2014
    Local multiplayer would be GREAT. Driver San Francisco has it. // Anyway, will someone deign to answer my questions regarding graphics? They're important. And I think they're beautiful, but... Which differences will it be between PS4 and PC version? Is the footage from 2013 belonging to PS4 version? Has there been any 'change' in visuals since then? Or simply another weather and time of day?
  8. H377PH1R3 on April 26, 2014
    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one interested in local multiplayer.
  9. Airwane on April 26, 2014
    the title should say the seamless play guide and the 1st paragraph should stay the same but the rest os the article you shouldn't use the word "multiplayer.but I love this concept.one thing I want clarification on is. skills and hack you gain in the single player mode can not be use in the seamless mode vice versa ?? because the notoriety thing confuses me! So when you hack a fixer phone what do you get from it?
    • Jellepepe on May 25, 2014
      except for the racing mode your skills and weapons are exactly as they are in singleplayer, the notoriety skills are multiplayer only skills like a payout boost, and buffs to make the searching for a hacker easier etc. When you hack someone you'll get more money and more notoriety/experience.
  10. Airwane on April 26, 2014
    questionsince it's a seamless online mode does it means that all platform player can enter each other game or is it still restricted to what platform you have?
    • Nikolas Schmidt on April 28, 2014
      The Seamless Online can only be access with someone on the same system as you are but thectOS Mobile App interacts with any of them... so in a way, we do have cross-platform multiplayer.
  11. kostas on April 26, 2014
    Will it not have free roam up to 8 players because I think it has been confirmed
    • rlando1 on April 28, 2014
      It will, see the paragraph under the picture of the tablet. :)
  12. Bruce on April 26, 2014
    I'm curios of in the free roam "hang with friends" mode do you still see yourself as Aiden or will you be able to create/select someone else?
    • Nikolas Schmidt on April 28, 2014
      In any MP mode, you'll always be appearing as Aiden.
      • BritFox on June 3, 2014
        Well that sucks
        • Andrew on July 21, 2014
          Only you will see yourself as Aiden in MP. Others will see you as a civillian walking down the street. (on PC) hold ALT while moving and you will be walking like a normal person. Check youtube videos and you'll see.
  13. Isaac on April 27, 2014
    I was wondering if you are able to select something in the settings on multiplayer were the cops are turned off or on.
  14. Dan on April 27, 2014
    Can you shoot from your passenger window in a car? If you die, where would you respawn? Could a group of friends adventure through the city without other player interuption?
    • Nikolas Schmidt on April 28, 2014
      Respawns are "randomized" according to where the action is happening. Negative on shooting from your car.
      • Dustin on April 28, 2014
        The shooting from the car is wrong. Look at the video at 7:40 he is shooting from the back of the car. He asked if you could shoot as the PASSENGER not the driver. No shooting as the driver I can see, but as a passenger shooting should be and appears to be allowed.
        • Nikolas Schmidt on April 28, 2014
          Totally misread that... sorry. Yes, passengers can shoot from a moving car. My favorite spot is from the back of a pick-up truck.
  15. Laukik Sawant on April 28, 2014
    awesome game
  16. Mauro on April 28, 2014
    We can upgrade the weapons? How many players are in a game?thanks.
    • Jellepepe on May 25, 2014
      you can't upgrade weapons as in adding copes or silencers or stuff like that but there is a VERY big collections of weapons to chose from, multiple grenade launchers, snipers, assault rifles, micro smg's, handguns etc.
  17. Lalith on April 28, 2014
    Will they ever release Xbox 360/PS3 gameplay? I mean like, ever?
  18. Sirius on April 28, 2014
    They've released details about turning on and off the online system, but is it known whether or not there will be a mode to only allow in friends? For example, I won't play the online much, but I'd be fine with my friends and family coming in to mess around.
    • Nikolas Schmidt on April 28, 2014
      Then "Private Session" is perfect for you!
      • Aboodshadow on June 9, 2014
        Is this Available in PS3 and XBOX 360?
        • LogerFatcake on June 9, 2014
          Free Roam is not available on the PS3 or Xbox 360 for some reason
  19. Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on April 28, 2014
    Hi all... Some great and very specific questions in here. We're reading your questions, we promise. Nik Schmidt - ComDev extraordinaire (and all around great guy) - is popping in with some answers. (That way we make sure we get everything 100% right, since he works directly with the Watch Dogs team.) Meanwhile, keep asking and commenting!
    • rank on May 30, 2014
      co op missions like 4 people try to hack a base with full of mpcs?that would be multiplayer i already have the game but it is not multiplayer
    • Aboodshadow on June 10, 2014
      Please can you make an Update of PS3 Free Roam?
  20. Origin on April 28, 2014
    Here's a question. Will the ctOS companion app be available on the PC (with mouse support in the place of touch-screen functionality) - for those without access to tablet devices, for instance - or will it just be for the tablets?
  21. Mert on April 28, 2014
    During free roam if I turn MP on, whom will see me and whom I can see is based on latency/ping &/or servers? Currently residing in Turkey so I presume all player interactions with Russians which I don't want. Can I play with Europeans? That way I can at least enjoy :)
  22. Fatteh on April 28, 2014
    Does that mean we finally have a chance to change our username to match other more common online handles when playing or are we all stuck with the ones chosen currently ?
  23. Matthew Sioson on April 28, 2014
    Hi Gary, so me and my friends are all planning on buying the game. I love messing with my friends and that's part of my personality, if I want to play Intrusion or Tailing game modes, will I be able to select my friend specifically so I can choose to hack him, or will it always be random? Thanks!
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on April 28, 2014
      With Hacking and Tailing, the system pairs you up based on your Skill Level and some other factors. You can choose from a pool, but you can't target a specific person outside of that pool. However, you can create Private Sessions in other modes.
  24. Drew on April 28, 2014
    The citizens act towards you by your actions, if you have one or a couple of those days where you are viscous but that isn't really your style, is there a cool off period so the citizens don't want to call the police every time.
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on April 28, 2014
      Hi Drew. We'll have a story up soon about reputation and how it affects the world. Keep an eye out for that. But in short, you can affect the meter with your actions, moving it in either direction. So if you had a bad day, you can try to adjust your Reputation with some good behavior.
  25. Maxxe22 on April 28, 2014
    Couldn't you just say, Aiden Pierce is the guy with the phone? Meaning Pierce is just an avatar for someone. Like I consider myself to look in some way different than people describe me. If I saw myself somewhere other than a mirror I wouldn't recognize it till I put my mind to it. This way is like me seeing myself, I have my own identity and others see me different. I added more than you needed to say to make sense but it's only description.
  26. Maxxe22 on April 28, 2014
    If someone hacks into your game, will there be a protection from hackers who are just there to troll by killing you right off the bat? Also I don't understand how it makes sense that whoever is being hacked, it doesn't seem they can just run away yet you can scare off a hacker if they run.
  27. Anton Wolf Lodahl on April 29, 2014
    Is there a way to customize youre own online character clothing or somefing like that? Or will you only be Aiden on youre own screen?
    • Matthew Gargan on June 5, 2014
      You can only be Aiden,You see yourself as Aiden and the other as a Fixerand vise-versa.
  28. Simon Petrovic on April 29, 2014
    Will Watch_Dogs have a open world multiplayer, like the one in games like GTA V?
  29. Jokke on April 29, 2014
    Is there trophies/achivemnt that is only optainable through multiplayer?
  30. Nagge on April 29, 2014
    If I get tired of loosing more and more of my experience in multiplayer, and just wanna have a fun time in the world without being hacked all the time. Is there a way to "disconnect" from the multiplayer and play for yourself? This option is quite simulair to GTA.
    • Andrew Schmidt on May 18, 2014
      Look at the section labeled "Time Out"
  31. Samo San on May 1, 2014
    What can we buy with the money?can we buy safehouses?
  32. Pert on May 1, 2014
    It looks awesome and very innovative. Not sure if this has been addressed but the cars make the game too unrealistic. Not enough visual/mechanical damage for what you put it through in that video. To my view at least.
  33. Vonn on May 6, 2014
    can I redo missions? or reset the missions back to normal just like in Farcry where the outpost can be reset. Or are there any side quests?(You don't have to say what are the side quest)
    • Vonn on May 6, 2014
      Also, will there be any difference for PS3 version and PS4 version, asides the Graphics, Rain, and Wind?
  34. Brett on May 6, 2014
    What version of iOS will the app come out for because I only have 6 and not 7
  35. Muzzamil on May 8, 2014
    Thank You Ubisoft for making the most cool hacking game ! We hope for making more like this in future ;)
  36. Nikola Yanakiev on May 8, 2014
    Could a ps3 play multiplayer with a ps4 in #Watch_dogs? :-/ :-)
  37. Bruno B0S on May 11, 2014
    I saw on other sites saying that only PS4, XOne & PC will have the free roam and data decryption online modes and PS3 & X360 will not have them. Does you confirm it or it is there on PS3 & X360 but different somehow?
  38. Glock_117 on May 11, 2014
    Will the app eventually sync w/ur in-game profile? Game looks EPIC, can't wait for the midnight release, gj ubisoft.
  39. ernesto samario on May 12, 2014
    Can i play decryption mode and free roam on my Xbox 360
  40. [Insert Username Here] on May 14, 2014
    Wait, we can TAIL other players!?!?! I'm gonna stalk every. dang. person.
  41. shadoow on May 14, 2014
    i was just wondering though .... can we choose to hack a specific person from our friends list or is it completely random???... also is the multiplayer multiplat-form ( ps4 player hacking a pc player)???
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on May 15, 2014
      You can't hack across platforms, but the companion app will work across platforms.
      • Illy on May 18, 2014
        It's a really cool addition to the game... but I really wish there was also a way to get the app for PC (I don't have a tablet and don't want to need to buy one... =( )
  42. Matthew Arzuaga on May 15, 2014
    Will the companion app be on Android or IOS?
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on May 15, 2014
      iOS, Android and Amazon tablets.
  43. Vonn on May 16, 2014
    Does all platform connect on 1 server? which means, can I have a multiplayer game on a PC,X1,PS4,X360 even If I use PS3
  44. Vonn on May 16, 2014
    Does multiplayer mode, work on all platforms? which means If I use PS3 can I play with users using a PS4,X1,X360,PC
  45. Illy on May 16, 2014
    I like how the "seamless online" is set up to prevent breaking of immersion. What I was wondering is, what happens if the connection to the other player is lost while they are in your game, or while you are in their game? Does the fixer simply disappear? Is the fixer replaced by an NPC who takes over? -- (specifically talking from PC perspective myself) I mean, what happens if the internet connection breaks, if the other player's game crashes, power out, etc. Does the game have any solution to make this also act out seamlessly for the player(s) involved?
  46. Morgan on May 16, 2014
    How are 'friends' managed? the friend system built into the consoles is a given, but what about on the PC? Will friends lists even be supported?
  47. Cody on May 17, 2014
    I still play on Xbox 360, and there are people claiming the Decryption Mode, and MP Free Roam are only on Next Gen, and PC systems, but i find that a bit hard to believe since games like GTA V, Red Dead: Redemption, both have fairly decent graphics, huge worlds, and a 16 player Free Roam.If all platforms are supposed to have the same experience in gameplay, then past gen consoles should at least have MP Free Roam, which gamers will continue playing for years to come. And most people are probably going to buy the next gen versions of the game anyway.Will past gen consoles have 8 player Free Roam?I even pre-ordered it on Xbox 360 so i could play free roam with my friends.
    • Matthew Gargan on June 5, 2014
      Both Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption utilises a server to do all the hardwork. (Players, Map, NPC's etc)Whereas Watch Dogs is well.. Peer 2 Peer,Thus is why you cannot do Decreption and FreeRoamThis is due to Last Gen's Console Hardware limitations.. :(looks like im getting on PS4 :\
  48. Andrew Schmidt on May 18, 2014
    Will you and friends be able to attack the server (outposts/borgia tower esque) areas together or will they just disappear when in online mode. I am just curious because I enjoy fighting npc's (other than just getting chased by cops) together with friends. Thank you for all the thorough info about this game!
  49. Andrew on May 18, 2014
    Any hope for a patch for ps3 and 360 users so that we can have free roam as well? seems like a bit of a rip on last gen consoles
  50. Owen Harris on May 19, 2014
    Can u invite your friends to a private match on watch dogs ????
  51. Tony Maries on May 19, 2014
    Can you hack you friends in a private lobby?
  52. Andrew on May 19, 2014
    Is there a way to avoid the nudity in campaign and is it in multiplayer? I am also wondering is there a way to block it?
  53. Petra on May 20, 2014
    If my friend wants to help/hinder me with the companion app, do they need to have purchased the game as well or can I just log in the app with my own uplay account?
    • Illy on May 20, 2014
      Hm, don't quote me on that, but I think she might be able to do that. I believe I heard/read somewhere that the app isn't linked to your account and that it's downloadable for free for everyone... from that I at least deduct that you can download it without having bought the game. I also remember there was talk about that the companion had its own achievements and such, not linked to your game.
    • Jellepepe on May 25, 2014
      read the text.... it ays you dont need a copy of the game and its progression is seperate from the base game
  54. Linden on May 20, 2014
    Do you have to have a PlayStation Plus Membership on the PS4 to be able to have access to the seamless online mode?
    • Aquatik Justice on May 21, 2014
      Yes, PS4 does require you to have PS+ in order to use the multiplayer aspects.
  55. willy on May 23, 2014
    I was wondering if the app will work with android and the PlayStation 3 version aka lastgen
  56. Liam Pereira on May 23, 2014
    Will multiplayer game modes be availabe cross platform so as to say and pc gamer and ps4 gamer be able to play together?
  57. Cop 01 on May 25, 2014
    Is there a release date for the app yet I've been looking one the App Store but I can't find it
  58. Joseph Haywood on May 26, 2014
    Can Last gen get the same multiplayer modes as the other seems like kind of unfair to pay the same price and not get the same content multiplats should be the same regardless patch it in or something
    • HnedaBanan on May 27, 2014
      Yeah i would like to have what i paid for. In trailers and infos there was write that u can get to all gamemodes but they didnt said it about the last gen consoles. PLS Do it for us. For the gamers.
  59. Codt on May 27, 2014
    Is there a ability to hack into your friends game?
  60. HnedaBanan on May 27, 2014
    Hi, I have 1 question. Why i cant play free roam and the decryption file gamemodes on my x360?
    • Gary Steinman | Communications Manager Author on May 27, 2014
      This are two of the next-gen-only features. You can read more about that here >> http://blog.ubi.com/?p=32086
      • kb on June 26, 2014
        i want my money back and some accurate advertising on your part. kk thx.
  61. Alan on May 27, 2014
    Hi! First i'd like to say that the game is pretty enjoyable but i am really disappointed that i can not hack a friends game. You have already mentioned before that there are a couple of more modes that you can play with your friends but this game mode is the most fun bringing of all and you can not enjoy it with your friends... i mean come on. Sitting in teamspeak and hacking or stalking each other would be fun as hell.
  62. TySki on May 27, 2014
    Why cant i play the decryption mode on my ps3? Is it in a separate section than the other online modes? Is it coming out at a later date? Or what? Please help mee, I've wasted so much time trying to find it. Thanks
  63. Dan on May 28, 2014
    Is there any way of turning of the sexual violence (rape, human trafficking) if not could you put an option in.
    • JJ on May 30, 2014
      It's 18 for a reason...
  64. Nick on May 28, 2014
    What the online mode sorely, desperately needs is the ability to join Decryption as a party, some actual things to do in Free roam (why can't we have gang hideouts at least? Random crimes to stop together?) and adversarial mode to put you in a different lobby altogether with people who just use that setting. Also, let us be in a party so that two friends turned to adversarial mode can actually get in the same car together without Benny Hill car-jacking each other.
    • Will on May 28, 2014
      I totally agree with this and I think we should be able to choose our vehicles in races and place bets. And why just have gang hideouts? I know it was just an example u gave but I think they should put in all of the criminal stuff like hideouts, convoys etc.
  65. John on May 28, 2014
    Is anyone else having trouble doing team decryption mode? All I can do is FFA decryption.
  66. Nick on May 28, 2014
    Any update on if the Developers will allow friends to hack your online campaign instead of random players? More specifically how it's displayed in the trailer with the guy from AC hacking the other guy from IGN's game?
  67. James Paschall on May 28, 2014
    JPLoganlant Add me to your mobile games please
  68. This is crap on May 28, 2014
    This is shit (pardon my French) us last gens aren't able to have crucial parts of multiplayer that next gen has. Free roam is very crucial because isn't that what playing games is all about? Being and playing and having fun with your pals? Yes it is. I do not see why it wasn't included in the first place. Ubisoft usually aspires to go up and beyond in there games yet now they leave out crucial parts of multiplayer for only last gen. Ubisoft even said it themselves that this game is single player blended with multiplayer so why take away parts of multiplayer for last gen? It would be great if they could patch in the multiplayer features into last gen soon. We sure know their millions of employees (an obvious exaggerate but still they have quite a few) could get working on it
    • McSteamyy on May 29, 2014
      Stop living in the past and get a next gen. Otherwise stop crying.
    • Nick on May 29, 2014
      You aren't missing anything. There's literally nothing to do in Free Roam.
      • Matthew Gargan on June 5, 2014
        So just killing cops and bad Mini Games :O oh my...
  69. Julio on May 29, 2014
    Great game add me on ps4: WhoSaysLepe
  70. TrueSense on May 30, 2014
    I'm pretty disappointed my self with just excluding the 360, and Ps3 from the full game, but would still ask for full price, I'm waiting for a lot more games on the next gen before I even think about trading over, so to just exclude us from multiplayer seemed a little retarded, when we still have gta5 with all its feature including multiplayer still on last gen. my buddies and I, feel like we got scammed, because the only purpose we bought this game was to hack each other and play Free roam, n all the extras us last gen didn't get.
  71. Thiago on May 30, 2014
    Fiquei muito decepcionado com vocês . comprei o jogo para jogar no meu Xbox 360 para jogar online com meus amigos e colegas mais não posso jogar , porque vocês só fizeram a versão online só para quem tem Pc , PS4 e Xbox One , sacanagem de vocês poderia ter passado essa informação antes do lançamento do jogo .Agora quero jogar com meus amigos online não posso porque versão para Xbox 360 e PS3 não pode isso é propaganda enganosa pode ter certeza que não é somente eu que esta insatisfeito com isso . E ainda fala que não tem hardware compatível , criava um hardware porque tempo não faltou .
  72. JJ on May 30, 2014
    The notoriety is not rewarding at all. I earn 25 points because they're noobs and after playing about 6 games, I might get seen once and lose 175 points. WTF
  73. Matheus Fernandes on May 30, 2014
    Hello ubisoft wanted clarification because fieram false advertising because you guys took some online modes game.buy the game expecting to play online and wanted providences and now?
  74. Denis on May 31, 2014
    Esse joga nao passa de uma fraude...fizeram propaganda de uma coisa e venderam outra quem comprou o jogo para jogao MT online para ps3 e xbox 360 foi enganado e roubado
  75. Mabukz on May 31, 2014
    Watch_Dogs is a phenomenal game no lie. One thing however, is the fact that they are not giving us the real reason as to why there is no multiplayer free roam on ps3 or Xbox. They say it cause of hardware limitations but then why Is there a short free roam between races? Ps3 is not yet a past history as some bloak mentioned. In fact dont most people still own ps3's? Anyway multiplayer is all about friends and on ps3 that's not available, at all. Only petty races. Okay fine so I've also borrowed my friends game and tried it on my ps4 but whats the point of playing if im not with friends? Ubisoft needs to quit it and give players what they want.
    • Some guy on June 2, 2014
      MABUKZ u say the truth
  76. David on June 1, 2014
    I have tried the online racing and I suck at it. I lose points, when I lose the races. I could keep playing until i get better , but I'm not going to lose all my points in the process.. So, what is my incentive to keep playing online, if I'm going to lose points? I feel players shouldn't lose their points, if anything, don't give them points or give them a few points just for playing online. I won't be accepting anymore online requests for racing, tailing or from the app. I think Watch Dogs would want more online players, but why play and be penalized for not being good.
  77. Norval on June 1, 2014
    Hi, in the original demo of online hacking you could be hacked by someone online and then if they were profiled and escaped then you could retaliate and hack them as revenge hoping to show them this means hacking war!! Since buying the game this doesn't seem possible. Can you help if you can actually do this? Has it been taken out? And why can't you hack your PSN friends if you can take the online hack option out at any time? Thanks. Please can you help on the matter. I've been wanting to do this since launch.
  78. Some guy on June 2, 2014
    im so pissed at ubisoft they only put online free roam on next gen besides pc
  79. Pyro_oz on June 3, 2014
    For all the people on last gen complaining about not having freeroam need to stop. Like it was said before there is NOTHING to do. All you can do is drive around smashing things and getting chased by cops 99% of the time. Unless people turn on the adversal mode it is boring as batshit. I played for about 15mins and was bored there is no coop mode which is a HUGE disappointment but the seamless hacking tailing is fun and adds to the gameplay. However the multiplayer aspect sux you only can play against randoms and I haven't been able to play domination with my friends yet. This is a single player game with online player hacking. Its not multiplayer.
  80. Wow ubisoft! on June 4, 2014
    Can I ask you guys One question? Why the f*ck do you take away the two online modes that every one waited to play Huh!?! Why do this to every current Gen players. It makes no f*cking sense. If you say that every thing is the same on both gens. Let it be it then! It's not bonus! I am just so… ahg!!! God pleassssseeeeee fix this and put a stop to this madness!!! This must be the most laziest thing I have ever seen. This would never have happend if you guys haven't delay this game.
    • Matthew Gargan on June 5, 2014
      It's a hardware limitation, the game unlike GTA V Online's use of Servers hosted by Rockstar, Watch Dogs, uses the console to host the game, so Basically the Last Gen consoles is very outdated and due to the hardware and console hosting its not possible, since the current(PS4,XBOXONE,PC) gens are extremely more powerful then last gen.in comparison thus why its not possible... sorry. :\
      • geno doss on June 8, 2014
        Uhhhhhmm..BULLSHIT
  81. Pissed off guy on June 5, 2014
    Honestly I'm disappointed that I can't acces free roam or decryption on ps3.. I'm so damn mad, I'm upset I even have the game now because the most important part is missing, nobody but rich snobby hipsters have the ps4 most of us can't afford it yet. You fucked up big time ubisoft.
  82. Pissed off guy on June 5, 2014
    I guess it won't beat gta online as I expected. Time to dust off gta v and get back on to doing fun missions with friends. You really pissed me off Ubisoft.
  83. Pissed off guy on June 5, 2014
    I'm so pissed they better adapt this game to some sort of online mode I'm only getting more pissed every time I look at this game. I want to play online dammit!
  84. John on June 5, 2014
    Will free roam ever ve on 360?? Ik it says only x1 ps4 n pc but come on why would you not have free roam in a game like this.. most will just return the game qhen they find out.. that means you guus lose business... I hope you guys put an update for 360 n ps3 so we can have free roam
  85. Pinball Wizard on June 7, 2014
    It sucks that you can hack only random players and there's no way to hack your friends
  86. Dizzyslapper on June 7, 2014
    I really was dissapointed with not having the multiplayer.. I wish you guys could have incorporated at least one game mode such as decryption or especially free mode. Other games have done it no problem such as GTA5 so I don't understand the problem would be to add those game modes. Just hoping one day you might patch one of them in, if not I'm sorry but I've lost a lot of hope in Ubi as game devs.
  87. JoelyMcFoal on June 8, 2014
    Will they add the two extra modes to ps3 and Xbox 360?
  88. Joshua on June 8, 2014
    Can you solve an argument that I'm having with some friends. When tailing another player are they immediately alerted to your presence and given the purple circle when you first enter the game or does the alert have to be triggered by something else for example trying to start a mission.
  89. srinu on June 9, 2014
    I playing on a ps3 and a lot of players are still playing on ps3 and every one doesn't have enough money to buy a ps4. I don't play single player missions. When I buy a game it is solely for the multiplayer. Ubisoft didn't communicate properly to tell us that the two modes are not available. OK people are saying it is a hardware limitation as of is hosted from the console side but hat 5 is server sided. Why not make watch dogs server sided in the first place. Why do you treat is like this? The only reason I bought this game is mainly to play online decryption and then online free mode. I wouldn't have been so disappointed if at least the game included online decryption where you can shoot other players and have a lot of fun. Give am update to make the game server sided and give us the two game mode. I swear that is ubiaoft do not give us at least online decryption I will never buy another ubisoft game. Hey ubisoft you did a big mistake not giving us the two game modes. You need to have a proper plan from the first and you need to work to provide us the two game modes. And that too you took 5 years and in the end this is what you give us. Do something and give us the two he modes.
  90. Aboodshadow on June 9, 2014
    I've waited for this game for like a long time, and i told my friends about this game and they bought it, all my friends including me have PS3 and everyone wants Free Roaming Online, on the current-gen consoles like PS3 and XBOX 360, please try thinking and making an update enabling free roam. :l
  91. Flare on June 9, 2014
    Most of my friends won't upgrade to next gen, I know it said next gen only but why do that your restricting so many people from fully enjoying the game.
    • A random guy on June 11, 2014
      Same here.
  92. A random guy on June 11, 2014
    Why do it to us gamers i wanted this for multiplayer i beat the campaign got all guns wildfire goblan spec ops and nothing to do but i payed 100$ for this preordered it gut season pass game guide but no multiplayer bad mistake Ubisoft and guess what farcry 3 fans FC4 is coming out for both gen but borderlands the pre sequel is almost here and 2K is like "screw you next gen were going to old gen" but us old gen get 4 player co-op i have 1 and 2 but back on topic i want multiplayer me and 7 friends so a full lobby wants multiplayer so you dont have to do this but im never getting a nother Ubisoft game until multiplayer for old gen think about the gamers and not be greedy rich hippys.
  93. Grayson on June 12, 2014
    I love the game !!! But I believe that the "free roam" mode should be allowed to all consoles. You all promised great online experience and the Watchdog creators took that away from last gen gamers.
  94. Kuuppon on June 15, 2014
    So basically I finished the game and now I'm stuck with no T-bone side campaign, none of the promised season pass campaigns AND no decryption or free roam (360) Seriously? I truly love the game but now I'm feeling rather empty and used. I may never give Ubisoft another iota of my money if this is what they offer after what? Five years of development and you couldn't figure out how to get the last gen gamers involved with online play aside from some stupid hacker invading your game, racing or having to tail some n00bs!?
  95. Sipho Ndaba on June 17, 2014
    If you're gonna remove really fun looking game modes like Decryption and Free Roam then why bother releasing Watch_Dogs on last games consoles? If I had known Ubisoft was gonna remove easily integrated multiplayer modes from my PS3 copy, I wouldn't have bothered buying the game.
  96. Ed on June 19, 2014
    Its kinda sucks that this free roam on xbox 360 and ps3 isnt available if i knew that feauture is not going to be in the last gen i wouldve not bought it.
  97. CJ on June 20, 2014
    You guys really need to add free roam and decryption for the last Gen Consoles. You're losing a lot of business. I was really disappointed with this. There needs to be a patch or some sort of update/DLC for 360 and PS3 for free roam and decryption.
    • kb on June 26, 2014
      agreed. i am SUPER disappointed by the game because of the lack of 8 person free roam on my 360. i bought the game expecting it (none of the big advertising mentioned that last gen get a big middle finger)..and i got nothing. so now i have a game that while fun has zero re-playability for me because they didn't warn us in advance. this needs to be patched in immediately..i've already told my friends not to bother getting it now and unless it is changed soon this will be yet another credit at game stop for me.and before anyone says "buy an xbone then!" ...yeah limited selection of games, not enough increase in performance for the price..i pass. will drop consoles altogether and go pc before i get an xbone without a massive performance upgrade on it.
  98. waqas on June 22, 2014
    can i play watchdogs co op with my friend on the same ps4?
  99. Brayden on June 26, 2014
    Will xbox 360 players get to play free roam ever???
  100. Ricky Mason on June 27, 2014
    Ok, with all do respect towards Ubisoft, the disappointment of Watch Dogs fans began as soon as ppl found out that last gen consoles did NOT even AT LEAST get online free roam let alone online decryption; To completely honest if I had known that since before I pre ordered Watch Dogs, I WOULD NOT have done so-- it would of been just as simple as adding online modes to Assassin's creed 3&4, and I personally believe that there was no excuse for not updating online free roam OR decryption to last gen consoles... It was a outrageously unfair act-- don't get me wrong it's still a fun game in all, but limiting our online gameplay experience is where you all dropped the ball and I think I speak for everybody when I say, "Send us another update!"
    • Ricky Mason on June 27, 2014
      And another thing... From all the past comments I just read, I bet more consumers bought Watch Dogs for last gen consoles than next gen, just to give you something else to think about!...
  101. Justin on June 30, 2014
    Surely they will try to maje a dlc for the miltiplayer freeroam on ps3? So much complains, they need to do it, hopefuly they are in the midst of programming it.
  102. Jon on July 1, 2014
    Ubisoft has a nice Single Player game here.They do, however have a far ways to go with the online game play. Their concept of online gameplay (unique to them in the WHOLE of game design) is utter trash.I am regularly able to be killed by a player, then see my killing hits reflected almost 30 seconds after my death. They cannot figure out projectile timing.To laud the online gameplay is to say that you like waiting for the choppy lag of European players. Ubisoft has to make great progress here.Bottom line, Ubisoft needs to lift some real-time bullet code and proper physics engines from Source games.And why for idiocy's sake, did they create UPlay?? Why do i have to open 2 game shells (Steam, then UPlay to play?Are you trying to piss everyone off with your mine, mine, mine perpetual propriety? Your games are weak and growing weaker in a world that appreciates sophistication without obvious lag and poor physics modeling.The Source Engine used in the original Half-Life games beats the Watch_Dogs online hands-down...and it was written 9 years ago..
  103. matt on July 3, 2014
    Your about to announce €315 million profit on the 10th of jully since release NOW INVEST 1% OF THAT INTO FIXING FREEMODE ON PS3 YOU DIRTY ROBBING C@NTS!!!
  104. matt on July 3, 2014
    Funny that GARY STEINMAN since the end of may when ppl had real questions needing answers you or no c@nt have said anything ! , thats it get it your private jet an fck off on holiday you shareholding prick .
  105. Parker Carothe rs on July 4, 2014
    I am sooo upset that you make last generation console users lay the dame price for the game and then dont let us have the same options. I mean if you dont lower the price or lut online free roam for last gen consoles your privably going to loose money. Just think of it that way. I hope you add free roam.
  106. Ju9ern0t on July 4, 2014
    I have a few things to say. First I will say that I came across this game at game stop by chance and some how never heard of it before then so I didn't really know what to expect as I loaded it onto the drive of my xbox 360 for the first time. I was surprised that it was a very good game. The story line is excellent and the side missions are very in depth. Over all everything is pretty awesome. But I digress, I do have some complaints.First of all I will say that the driving physics and damage animations and effects are extremely sub par. For a game where you pretty much spend half the time in a car I have to say that Ubisoft seriously dropped the ball. I found myself reminded of the car physics and damage effects of Mercenaries, a game by Pandemic Studios for PS2. I mean seriously, they are very lacking. Also while I talk about vehicles, yes there are boats in the game but the do not have a very strong purpose except for in the end when *no spoilers* you played that last mission.. they one where you shoot the one guy at a place where a boat is very near. I think you know what I mean. So I think more could have been done with that.Now on to the multiplayer. Yes this "seamless" multiplayer is cool and new, but the fact that you can not free roam on the "current gen" consoles is honestly a d**k move by Ubisoft. I love Ubi and never thought that they would stoop to something that low. And not only that, but I have never found an answer as to WHY they did that so it is obvious that it is for $$$. This reminds me of the fact that DISNEY is making the next Star Wars AND it wont be according to the book. Ubisoft chose a very bad time to pull a low down stunt like that in the midst of time when most people don't have the $500-ish to spend on the xbox one or ps4, the game, and online subscriptions and stuff. You disappoint me Ubisoft and I feel that I have lost faith in yet another game developer. *rrrrrhhhmmm* *cough* 343 *cough* *Halo 4 was a let down* *cough* So I guess my question there is why with the next gen exclusive free roam?My last thing to say is glitches. It might just be that I play xbox 360, but I have run into a lot of glitches such as the Focus ability not working even when I have online play disabled. Some times when I turn it on the blue glare pops up but nothing slows down. I have also run into issues with exiting "digital trips" where I re-enter regular free roam but the air is still either thick blue fog or thick red fog. But the digital trips are balls to the wall epic, I will give Ubisoft that.Over all I give the game a 4.5/5 for overall, a 2/5 for attention to non-scenic detail, and a 1.5/5 in terms of keeping their players happy.The game is like a mix of the Assassins Creed series, the Mercenaries series, and Grand Theft Auto series.
  107. Ju9ern0t on July 4, 2014
    I just found the answer to my own question. "Why with the next gen exclusive free roaming and decrypting?"If you guys read up some you will find an answer form another user. The reason that the two game modes are exclusive to next gen is because of the hardware limitations of current gen. On most games the multiplayer is entirely hosted on a server (maps, rules, weapons, etc.) but in watch dogs, as you all know with the other game modes, it is integrated into your own world.While that is KIND OF an answer, I don't under stand why Ubisoft doesn't just use the servers then. Things like reputation, money, and the police reaction scale thing could be transferred back to the player's own world when they are finished with playing using the servers. And things like hide outs and missions are probably not going to be a big deal if they are not available in online free roam.I still think that Ubi pulled a D**k move and I would not have bought the game if I know about the limitations. You have lost my business Ubisoft. Go join 343 and the other let down developers.
  108. primeTime on July 7, 2014
    Wilk there be a dlc where we can free roam online with other players??
  109. primeTime on July 7, 2014
    Will **
  110. dropdeadRush on July 11, 2014
    Way to scam your last-gen customers, not including modes that you obviously could. Do you just want us to waste our money on Playstation 4s or what ?
  111. moose on July 16, 2014
    ADD FRIEND HACKING, YOUR GAME DIRECTOR SAID IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE, BUT ITS NOT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apaygDwyeCo THE FIRST QUESTION ON THAT VIDEO IS "WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HACK FRIENDS", YET ITS NOT IN THE GAME.
  112. zaku210 on July 21, 2014
    I cant join multiplayer stuff it says i dont got access to online content or someting like that
  113. Russell White on July 24, 2014
    It's a pitty ubisoft doesnt ban the hundreds of obvious leaderboard hackers. Untill then I see no reason to touch the online aspect of this game in a competitive manner.
  114. osman on July 24, 2014
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  115. osman on July 24, 2014
    osman
  116. Mabukz on July 26, 2014
    If I hear any hardware limitations reasons again. I SWEAR.THERE IS NO HARDWARE LIMITATIONS! Ubisoft is f@ckin with you! Go play a race and see the short time span of Freemode ability between the races. Online hacking n tailing ! Its pretty much FREE ROAM! only you are timed and given an objective. The only limitation is the time Ubisoft gives you online. Otherwise the PS3 IS capable of online free mode. Don't be blind.
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