(stylized as WATCH_DOGS
) is an open world game, taking place in a near-future vision of Chicago
, developed by Ubisoft
. In it, the players, controlling a character named Aiden Pearce
, "have the power to control an entire city's infrastructure via powerful computers that run everything from data records to power lines." The player can gain information about anyone, via Pearce's profiler
. The player can meddle with any electrical output that runs on the grid, in ways such as jamming all mobile phone reception
in his immediate area, and even short out traffic lights
causing a major car accident. The game also has seamless co-op.
It was scheduled to be released on November 19, 2013, but was pushed back until the second quarter of 2014 (May 27th for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. The Wii U version of the game will be delayed beyond June 2014.
- "They think I'm a man out of control... but I've never had so much control."
- ―Aiden Pearce
Aiden Pearce is the protagonist of Watch Dogs, and is a highly skilled Grey-Hat hacker who has access to the CtOS of Chicago using his highly specialized device, the Profiler. Because of the danger put to those in his past whom he loved, he has taken to a personal crusade against the powers that be. His obsession with security, surveillance, and control borders on the paranoid and dangerous, extending to monitoring his own family (unbeknownst to them).
Aiden is known to be very protective of his family, and will go to extreme lengths to ensure their safety. His regard for loved ones is strong enough to seek retribution against any who have hurt them. Aiden's behavior comes across as quite relaxed in the face of pressure. When in a tricky situation his high level of composure can be seen, even making light of a situation that could potentially lead him to prison or death. Aiden is also fairly athletic, possessing good muscular strength, good sprint speed and agility. His physical strength can often be seen when he is chasing down criminals and when using his telescopic baton for melee combat.