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You'll Be Able to Prevent Watch Dogs Players from Hacking into Your PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Didn't say the magic word

We’re promptly approaching an era where single player campaigns may no longer be isolated affairs. The likes of Destiny and Tom Clancy’s The Division are promising to really blur the lines between modes, allowing you to transition between solitary escapades and big multiplayer battles in an instant. Alas, Watch Dogs is aiming to give you a taste of the future when it deploys on 27th May in Europe and North America.

For those that didn’t receive the Push Notification, as you explore Ubisoft Montreal’s next-gen interpretation of Chicago, there’s a chance that you may be ‘invaded’ by another player. This instance will see your pursuer attempting to download top-secret data from your character, forcing you to make a fast getaway. Fortunately, if all of this sounds like a chore, know that you’ll be able to pull the plug on the feature.

"All of the online activities are just part of the menu," lead game designer Danny Belanger explained as part of a recent livestream. “They're a choice. But if someone is not into that, they can totally turn it off.” Should you keep it on, there’ll be a feature called the ‘Shield’, which will prevent you from being spammed by bespectacled boffins with way too much time on their hands.

Will you be keeping your Internet connection unhooked while you attempt to take down your virtual oppressors in Ubisoft’s next major release? Disconnect in the comments section below.

[via polygon.com, computerandvideogames.com]

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Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#1

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Sounds like making it a lot more fun for single player campaigns, I'm really love oking forward to the single player campaign but I'm no sure about the online multiplayer yet really, it could end up going either way for me. I already know I'm going to love destiny/evolve/the division, just hoping this will deliver too.

rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

I'll still be very surprised if this "invasion" aspect makes its way into the Wii U version. Well, uh, if there ever really is a Wii U version.

I think I would probably play w/ it off to begin w/ to see how the game flows w/o it, but if it was too boring I'ld turn it on. I'm guessing I'll be playing this next spring when it comes to PS+ on PS3 so there may not be a lot of people around anyway.

Oh look, it's snowing out. Again. argh

KillTheG1mp

#3

KillTheG1mp said:

It worked wonders in Dark Souls, but here? Meh seems like a "look we can do it too!" feature.

rastamadeus

#4

rastamadeus said:

How about these stupid ideas in games nowadays are optional turn ons rather than turn offs?

@rjejr The whole Watch Dogs on Wii U is a massive mess on Ubisoft's part. They should just be honest - shocking, I know - and say, "We're waiting to see if Mario Kart 8 improves the state of the console before we decide if we're releasing our game."

EyeDeeNO76

#5

EyeDeeNO76 said:

Yeah, I don't need some detestable person or persons mucking up my campaign fun of exploring and character progression.

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Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#6

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Why wouldn't you want to hack other players and or shoot their face? Isn't that kinda the point of the game....

charlesnarles

#7

charlesnarles said:

@RyoHazuki it opens doors for A-holes who cheat in GTA5 online to antagonize nice folks like @EyeDeeNO76 who are trying to do something specific for a trophy for example. Hopefully the interactions will be limited enough to prevent bad things while allowing good things

Gamer83

#8

Gamer83 said:

@RyoHazuki

I got rid of Crackdown 2 faster than any video game I ever bought for the very reason that some a-hole entered my game and ruined it. No, to me this isn't the point of the game. I want to play and enjoy the single player experience by myself. Why even put one in if some stupid sh*thead can enter it and ruin any of the fun? The last thing I want it is to be playing some mission, one that's maybe giving me a hard time, I get near the end and then it's all f'ed up because the idiotic developers want to 'blur the lines.' Crap like this is why I'm so negative towards developers and the industry as a whole these days. They can take this multiplayer aspect of a single player campaign and stuff it. Why even bother with a 'single player' campaign if it's not really just that?

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#9

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@charlesnarles well it can be turned off so its not really a big deal, I don't think we're going to see the same calibre of a hole in watchdogs as you may encounter in GTA V, if you play GTA online you expect a holes anyway I think

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#10

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@Gamer83 I understand what you're saying but I think it adds something to the game so why not if you want it, it can be turned off whenever so its no big deal. I often just ramble on through a game without bothering to master every aspect and I imagine anyone doing so in that fashion wouldn't have it turned on unless they like being hacked to death. I'll probably have it switched on and be hacked to death. I guess it all depends on if you care about being sidelined by hacking and or being hacked and still being able to enjoy the game even if you're pretty sucky at it.

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

@RyoHazuki

To be fair, I'll have to see how this is put into the game, if it's anything like Crackdown 2, it'll be very easy for people to ruin the experience though. Yeah, you can always turn the feature off, personally I think it should be off by default, if you want the extra challenge (or aggravation) then turn it on.

eLarkos

#12

eLarkos said:

This is optional, lets thank the developers for giving something a go while ensuring if its not your cup of tea you can still enjoy a more 'traditional' game. Im most certainly going to give this a shot.

rjejr

#13

rjejr said:

@rastamadeus - "honest - shocking, I know - and say, "We're waiting to see if Mario Kart 8 improves the state of the console before we decide if we're releasing our game.""

Honesty would be shocking, and while I believe MK8 plays a part, I think who ever Ubi gave the Wii U version to - a couple of guys in a shack somewhere who don't have electricity - cant get it to work on Wii U. The online part will never ever work on Wii U.

EyeDeeNO76

#14

EyeDeeNO76 said:

It maybe optional now till some developer tries to up the ante and makes it on all the time as well an integral part of the game. Setting off a chain reaction of they did it now we must do it too. This blurring of the lines should not be used to fill in the gaps of in-game artificial intelligence. I guess I may turn it on for a second run through the campaign.
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Subie98

#16

Subie98 said:

Liking the option to turn that off should I want. I hope The Division offers this too. Probably wont though.

sammy760

#17

sammy760 said:

I may turn this off but i think some people are over reacting at 'come into my game and kill me' the other players main objective is to hack you, if they kill you then its mission over for them

JaxonH

#18

JaxonH said:

That tagline takes me right back to Jurassic Park... Nah uh uh, you didn't say the magic word! Nah uh uh, nah uh uh...

JaxonH

#19

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

? Actually, they gave it to the Bucharest Studio- which is more than a few guys in a shack. You can read the latest report from Ubisoft concerning the game. No reason to think it can't run on the system, and certainly no reason the online won't work... not sure where you're getting this speculation from. The game will be fine. Late, yes, but fine. In fact, Ubisoft just confirmed for the 4th time a few days ago via a tweet that yes, the game IS coming and that no, it is not cancelled.

See article here and dispel all doubt

http://www.gonintendo.com/s/223737-ubisoft-once-again-reconfirms-watch-dogs-for-wii-u

I'm inclined to leave the online hacking turned off. May try it out at first just to see what it's all about, but I'm thinking that'll just end up ticking me off if anything...

rjejr

#21

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - "No reason to think it can't run on the system, and certainly no reason the online won't work... not sure where you're getting this speculation from. "

My speculation is based on Ubi's ability to get the game out the door for 5 systems on the same day - PS3, PS4, Xbox360, X1 and PC - yet the Wii U has to wait. So either the Bucharest guys suck, or the systems hardware sucks, or the online sucks. Something has to suck, you can't just say it's fine to have the game come out late on 1 system while 5 other systems have a simultaneous release. Well you can say it doesn't suck, but something DOES suck.

And you can't blame it all on install base b/c I think the Wii U is still DOUBLE X1. Maybe X1 would still get more sales than Wii U, but now we'll never know.

I'm a firm believer in turning the other cheek, but that doesn't mean I haven't been slapped in the first place. (By Ubi, not you, too much caffeine today as always.)

JaxonH

#22

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

It's not install base. It's percentage of the install base that will buy the game. And a MUCH higher percentage of X1 owners will buy Watch Dogs. It boils down to one simple fact. There is not one single multiplat on Wii U that has sold over a quarter million. That's why. Every other platform will see normal sales. Wii U won't. And they know it. That is why it's not a priority. I don't want to rain on your parade, but it's not because anything sucks. There are two dozen other multiplats running on Wii U just fine. It's just not gonna sell alot, and the other versions will. Thus, they get prioritized at the expense of the Wii U version.

I hear you though. Ubisoft is both a blessing and curse to Nintendo. One one hand, they have been the strongest 3rd party supporter thus far. On the other, they consistently spit in our faces. So I can understand your frustration. By all means, continue venting ;)

BlueProxy

#23

BlueProxy said:

Good news. I'll be turning that hack feature off so I can actually enjoy the game.

rjejr

#24

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - "but it's not because anything sucks."
"Thus, they get prioritized at the expense of the Wii U version."

That's the part that sucks. :-) And didn't we just go thru this last year w/ Ubi and Rayman? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. And I feel like a sucker for buying a Wii U, so I get on the internet and vent my frustrations b/c thats what the internet is for. Well venting and porn. Venting, porn and piracy. And the occasional public humiliation on Facebook, but that's more like a bonus.

JaxonH

#25

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

You can always sell it if you're not happy. Me, like I said, I'm waiting ten months for my next PS4 game. I routinely wait 6+ months between Vita releases, and even the 3DS had a 3 month wait between Zelda Link Between Worlds and Bravely Default. I don't feel like a sucker for buying any of those systems, and I couldn't be happier with myself for buying my Wii U. My advice though, just start buying last gen consoles with full libraries. Cheap games, no waiting.

rjejr

#26

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - "My advice though, just start buying last gen consoles with full libraries."

Thats what I normally do. Bought the Gamecube at $99, PS2 at $199, PS3 at $299. Bought the Wii a week after release and was really happy for 4 or 5 years. Bought the Wii U about 9 months after release for Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101. Weeks later it got a price drop - remember all those times they said no price drop last year? And who really thought SSB still wouldn't even have a date at this stage? Or Bayonetta 2 still w/o a date? So yeah, I have thought about selling it. Then when its get cheaper I can buy a new one, maybe a MK8 bundle, and redownload all the games I already purchased on my current Wii U. Oh wait, nope, cant do that. We both know though w/in a week of my selling it both those games would be dated, and something I really wanted would come out. Better to just sit on it and complain. Probably wont be buying the next one until after the first price drop, I've learned my lesson.

On the bright side, can you imagine how much I'ld be complaining if I bought a PS4? ;-) Driveclub, W_D delays, $400 for Resogun. I'll wait. Though I will be jealous of all you guys playing 2nd Son, but I cant pay $400 for 1 game.

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