May 31, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Central to the narrative of “Watch Dogs” is a character by the name of Aiden Pearce, a baseball-cap-wearing vigilante whose greatest weapon is a cellphone. As Aiden walks the streets with his head buried in his phone, the emails, text messages, bank accounts, salaries and police records of strangers within his proximity are made available to his hacking delight. When he uses his phone to sneak into the network of the city — in this case, modern-day Chicago — he has more power than former Windy City Mayor Richard M. Daley ever had during his 22 years in office. Though the theme of spying is certainly topical, work on the new Ubisoft game “Watch Dogs” began five years ago, long before most of us were concerned with what the letters NSA actually stood for. But the real world has caught […]
Oct. 15, 2013 | 12:30 p.m.
“Watch Dogs,” which had been one of the most anticipated new games of 2013, just became one of the most anticipated new games of 2014. Ubisoft announced Tuesday that the release of the title has been pushed back until at least spring of next year. “Our ambition from the start with ‘Watch Dogs’ has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming,” read a statement attributed to the “Watch Dogs” development team. “It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014.” Set in Chicago, “Watch Dogs” presents a world in which governing forces are spying on citizens with hidden surveillance systems and guns are easy to come by. Gamers play as protagonist Aiden Pearce, who has the ability to hack into the […]
Aug. 20, 2013 | 1:08 p.m.
Sony Pictures and New Regency are teaming up with Ubisoft to bring “Watch Dogs” to the big screen. The “Watch Dogs” movie, announced today during Sony Computer Entertainment’s news conference at Gamescom, is based on Ubisoft’s highly anticipated action-adventure game due out in November. “The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen,” Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures, said in a news release. “The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture.” Minghella added that the studio will work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team to develop the film. “[Sony and New Regency's] willingness to allow us to maintain a strong creative voice in the […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 5:57 a.m.
PS4 is finally here. Sony delivered its next-generation console plans to the world Wednesday, debuting the PlayStation 4 during an event in New York City. Broadcast worldwide, with an admittedly shaky feed, Sony spoke about its new hardware, new games and new plans for the future. The event ultimately lasted about two hours, and there remains much to dissect. So let’s run through the biggest announcements, and absences, from Sony’s major conference. Release date: At the very end of the event, Sony revealed a vague launch window for the console — “Holiday 2013.” Whether that means October or December remains to be seen, but at least there’s confirmation that the PS4 will launch this year. Controllers: Remarkably similar to the leaked prototypes reported on by The Times last week, the new Dualshock 4 controllers have a touchscreen in the center, […]