Ever since its announcement, the upcoming Ubisoft title Watch Dogs, has had undivided attention of critics and gamers alike. With what has been revealed so far through a slow filter of information, the game is an open world action game that focuses on information technology with hacking as its primary focus.
In an effort to inject some authenticity into the project, Ubisoft has been working with the esteemed antivirus and security company; Kaspersky Lab to develop credible methods of hacking in the game.
This aspect of game development was revealed by Ubisoft Montreal’s Senior Producer Dominic Guay in an interview with Joystiq, where he explained this partnership with kaspersky:
They have really hardcore experts there on hacking. We send them some of our designs and we ask them feedback on it, and it’s interesting to see what gets back. Sometimes they say, ‘Yeah, that’s possible, but change that word,’ or, ‘That’s not the way it works.
Since Watch Dogs puts the players in the shoes of Aiden Pearce, a hacker who utilizes his skills with information technology to get his way through his missions spanning the city of Chicago, Mr. Guay further elaborated the game’s concept by stating that:
It’s not about the challenges of climbing a wall, it’s finding the path I want to follow.” Guay said that “It’s not about the minigame that will let me open the door, it’s the fact that I’m making a plan. I’m making a plan of how I’m going to chain hacking, shooting, traveling the city and driving to achieve an objective.
Watch Dogs is slated for a November 19th release and has been announced for current gen consoles like PS3, Xbox 360 as well as PS4. However it has not yet been announced for the, yet to be revealed, next Xbox console.