"Turn on your telephone"

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.

[source polygon.com, via computerandvideogames.com]