Current-gen Watch Dogs isn’t gimped

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Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is an incredible, next-generation open-world experience. It’s coming to Next gen consoles and Pc – but it’ll also be available on the current systems. some people are rightly concerned that they might be getting an inferior version of the game on the current-gen systems. Ubisoft would like to allay those fears.

In a blogpost about ‘The secrets behind watch dogs’ next gen experience’, Ubisoft said the core content and mechanics would be unchanged between generationally different versions.

“We knew we would have next-gen hardware coming out before we ship,” Dominic Guay says “But we started off knowing we wanted to support PS3 and Xbox 360.

On current-gen systems we may need to cut down the number of people on the street a little, but it’s still the same game. You don’t get the same sense of the crowd, but it allows us to scale certain bits and keep the same experience.”

Instead, the next-generation version will just add a lot of shiny features- so while the core experience will be the same, the actual experience, how alive everything feels won;t be.

“Players are going to know they aren’t getting a bad experience if they play Watch Dogs for the current gen, but the next gen is the real HD experience. You can zoom in another level. You can have better shaders, better simulation on the wind or the water, more particles, better atmospherics… Basically anything you can get with more computing power.”

“So have no fear if you plan on playing Watch Dogs on the PS3 or 360. There are no trimmed-down mechanics to make you feel as though you are missing out on the core experience.

“Watch Dogs is truly a next-gen game – not just in terms of offering cutting edge graphical performance on the next generation of consoles, but also when it comes to the gameplay, the immersion and the seamless online experience. And that’s due in large part to a great foundation: the Disrupt Engine.”

Are you grabbing Watch dogs for current systems – or will you be waiting out the next-generation versions?

Last Updated: July 11, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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