The director of Watch Dogs reveals how much time gamers can expect to spend in Aiden Pearce’s shoes.
Ubisoft has put a lot of stake into the upcoming techno-stealth adventure game Watch Dogs, and it’s fair to say that this is reflect quite adequately through various parts of the title. One of the main points of investment revolves around the overall playtime that the game offers, which appears to be quite expansive.
According to Jonathan Morin, Creative Director for Ubisoft Montreal, Watch Dogs can offer up to 100 hours of complete playtime–that is 100% completing every part of the game.
@vytla102 I would say the average player which does free roam a bit tend to reach the end within 35-40h. But doing everything is close 100h.
— Jonathan Morin (@Design_Cave) March 15, 2014
The game has recently come under fire due to the apparent downgrade in visuals seen in new footage, as older gameplay videos (such as last year’s E3 trailer) are higher in quality. This disparity in resolution clarity sparked off another “resolution gate” debacle, and sent a wave of negativity through the community with Watch Dogs as the focus of the ire.
More than a few gamers feel spurned by Ubisoft, claiming that the publisher purposefully misled gamers with falsely advertised gameplay footage to earn pre-orders and garner acclaim. Some gamers, however, feel that these are tedious squabbles and are still eagerly anticipating the unique open-world hacktivist stealth adventure.
There are some interesting differences between the Xbox One and PS4 resolutions of the game, which seem to follow a trend in lesser visual quality for Microsoft’s next-gen console. It’s also worth noting, however, that the Xbox One has a graphics upscaler that may not render in native 1080p, but it converts lower resolutions up to full-HD quality.
- PS4: 1080p at 30fps
- Xbox One: 960p at 30fps
- PC: Up to 4K with varying frame-rates
While the game’s overall fidelity may be in question, and it may not be as crystal clear as we had hoped, Morin affirms that Watch Dogs will indeed be a broad gaming experience with plenty of missions and content to keep gamers busy. It will be interesting to see how quickly some players are able to tackle the missions, and if some content offers replayability or not–plus there’s the likelihood of additional content via DLC.
Watch Dogs is slated for a release on May 27, 2014 for current and next-gen consoles and PC. For more information be sure to check out the game’s official website.