Following a lengthy delay that pushed back its November 19, 2013 release, Ubisoft's newest IP Watch_Dogs finally has its drop date.
The news first sprang from a NeoGAF thread, posted by an observant user who caught a new story trailer that leaked early on the Xbox 360 preview dashboard. Ubisoft’s official announcement came just hours later - Watch_Dogs will hit stores May 27th, 2014.
The story trailer accompanying the game’s second (And hopefully final) release date is the deepest we’ve gone into Watch_Dogs‘ central plot. Evidently player-character Aiden Pearce’s career as a hacker leads him to uncover information he was never meant to see, resulting in the murder of his daughter. It sets the game up as a simple revenge story, despite the large scope of Chicago to explore and the technological capability to bring an entire city to its knees that Watch_Dogs puts at your fingertips.
The official synopsis, from Ubisoft:
“Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.
Chicago’s overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city’s technology and information – including key data on all of the city’s residents.
You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You’ll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy… and more.”
Watch_Dogs will be available May 27, 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, with an as yet undetermined future date for Wii U.