Watch Dogs’ Latest Trailer Used PS4 Dev Kit Footage

March 31, 2014Written by Jason Dunning


When the Watch Dogs Welcome to Chicago trailer was brought out last week, we were told it was captured entirely from in-game footage. Following the trailer’s release, Watch Dogs Creative Director Jonathan Morin said, “Just to clarify: Our ‘Welcome to Chicago’ trailer is indeed PS4 Dev kit footage. I know this was a popular question so there you go.”

Looking ahead to Watch Dogs’ May 27th launch, Morin confirmed that there is “no demo planned before release.” The reasoning behind not having a demo is because “doing demos take time; the focus is on the game. You will see more footage before release. Be patient and thanks for your passion.”

As Morin receives tons of Watch Dogs questions on his Twitter account every single day, he took the time to answer quite a few over the weekend, with the most important pieces of information placed below:

  • If you buy the PS3 version of Watch Dogs, “you will mostly miss graphics and AI density in the city. But it looks and feel great by CG standards.”
  • There will be more than one difficulty setting in Watch Dogs, with “Easy [being] indeed easy, but “Realist” is quite brutal, while still fair for very hardcore players.”
  • You can expect ragdoll physics for Aiden, as you will fly in the air after crashing on a motorcycle, but not when crashing a car. Morin says, “It was essential to keep things believable.”
  • There is “no unnecessary gore in takedowns. Blood spatter is in there but don’t expect heads blowing up…”
  • Car tuning and upgrading your weapons isn’t something you can do in Watch Dogs, but you can “improve shooting skills, some driving skills, and unlock all cars for the car-on-demand service.”
  • Since Watch Dogs isn’t set in Winter, you won’t be seeing any snow.
  • When you hack other people’s games, “You get/lose notoriety. These unlock skills and there’s also a notoriety leaderboard. That’s all I can say for now :).”
  • Once you’ve finished the main story in Watch Dogs, you’ll still be able to roam around the city.
  • When asked if Watch Dogs would have micro-transactions, Morin replied, “NO! We don’t use this to advance faster or any of that. This just doesn’t fit at all with WD. So no Free-to-Play model here.”
  • When asked if Watch Dogs’ saving would be similar to the GTA games and their safehouses, Morin said, “We save dynamically every progress you make so you never lose anything you have accomplish. Then we do have places to sleep.”
  • You’ll be able to complete almost the entire game without killing anyone.
  • Depending on the height, a fall will either result in damage to Aiden, or death.
  • When in a train, “You can enjoy the ride or skip it. And you can hack/control the start/stop of the train to outsmart cops.”

Finally, in a strange move, Watch Dogs won’t include dogs.

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