Watch Dogs’ ctOS surveillance state is headed to Camden, New Jersey for some DLC, it seems, according to the game’s official Twitter account.
“The city of Camden, New Jersey had the highest crime rate in the US in 2012,” reads an image tweeted on the Watch Dogs account earlier today. “A 24/7 surveillance program is now in effect_”
Ubisoft’s figure presumably comes from CQ Press City Rime Rankings 2014, an analysis based on FBI statistics from 2012 published earlier this year (as reported by CNN Money) that cites Camden as having a score of 553.67, putting it just ahead of Detroit’s 471.26 score. Either that, or they just looked up Camden on Wikipedia and rolled with it.
Suffice to say, the notion of Camden being a war zone isn’t far fetched. Having lived just aover a river from the city, not to mention attended Rutgers University’s Camden campus, I can tell you firsthand: It’s a hellhole. But I can also tell you that, as a setting for Watch Dogs DLC, it’s not a very interesting or sprawling area. Camden is a city by virtue of population density (as all cities are, technically), not because its an urban sprawl choking the sky with towering buildings. My point is that Camden is a pretty bleak and boring locale, aesthetically.
As for when we should expect this Camden-centric Watch Dogs content, when prompted by one fan’s “DLC?” inquiry, Ubisoft responded “Coming this Fall!”
Watch Dogs proper launched in May across Windows PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. A Wii U version is slated for release this fall.