Last night’s announcement of the PlayStation 4 console, to Sony’s credit, focused largely on games. The next games in established franchises such as Killzone were announced right alongside new IPs such as Knack. When the third party publishers began to make an appearance, it wasn’t surprising that Ubisoft, a publisher that loves console launches, showed up to officially announce Watch Dogs for the PlayStation 4.
“Ubisoft has a strong history of supporting new technologies with unique and creative offerings,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft. “The power and capability of the PS4 allows the Watch Dogs team to further push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in interactive entertainment.”
Announced during Ubisoft’s big E3 presentation last year, Watch Dogs is a near-future cyberpunk game set in a Chicago full of interconnected technology. Players, through protagonist Aiden Pearce, will be able to hack and control all of this technology, as well as spy on passersby, learning their darkest secrets. It’s an open-world game in the style of the Grand Theft Auto series, and players will use their abilities to become a technology-powered vigilante.
Along with the announcement, Ubisoft demoed gameplay of the title directly on-stage. Though the game may not have been running on the final PlayStation 4 console, it’s clear that Ubisoft has much of Watch Dogs completed.
The gameplay footage from last night can be seen below, along with another video of the same footage that features commentary from Jonathan Morin, the creative director for Watch Dogs.