The Cyber-Hacker Game Has High Ratings Amongst Consumers and Critics Despite First Day Issues
Watch Dogs takes us to near-future Chicago, where the only real technological advancement appears to be the fact that every electronic device known to man can now be hacked with a press of a button on a smart phone, thanks to a new city-wide operating system, ctOS. As such, this development has given rise to a legion of superhackers like our lead, Aiden Pearce.
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The origin of Watch Dogs goes back to 2009 — before Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency leaks hit the mainstream news. At the time, lead game director Jonathan Morin and many of his friends were early adopters of emerging technology. Social media and smartphones were in their infancy compared to their prolific use today.
"We were in the sweet spot where we were looking at what we thought would be the next generation of living in a connected city, at a time when most of my family and friends — most of the people I knew — were not yet into smartphones," he said.
"We brainstormed something we wanted to do in the game and then the next week or next month, there was literally that news on the web. And we were like, 'Jesus.’"
The hype for Watch Dogs has been building for nearly two years. First unveiled at 2012's Electronic Entertainment Expo, gamers have been inundated with preview articles, developer interviews and dozens of trailers showing off the beefy technology behind the project.
There have been issues since gameday launch on May 27th -- Ubisoft is working on the issue for gamers to be able to log into the system to play the game.
"We are experiencing issues with the authentication services," a tweet sent out by the official Watch Dogs account (and spotted by Game Informer) reads. "Players may experience long delays when trying to login in-game."
While that gets in the way of online play and use of the mobile app, gamers have also been complaining about being unable to connect to Uplay, which the PC version of the game uses, preventing them from being able to play.
In response, Ubisoft has issued a statement on its forums that reads, "Dear fans, with the release of Watch Dogs we are seeing an exceptional increase of activity. While we have taken many measures to limit the impact to our servers, they are not responding as fast as usual. Rest assured our team is monitoring closely our servers and taking every measures so that our services remain up. Thank you for your patience."