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PAX East 2013: Watch Dogs Preview Impressions

Posted on March 26, 2013 AT 07:01pm

With the first teaser videos for Watch Dogs released last year, gamers have been waiting impatiently for any new tibits of information or videos from Ubisoft’s newest open world experience. Anyone who was lucky enough to attend PAX East 2013 and brave the massive line at Ubisoft’s booth was treated to a pair of new vids with some new, tantalizing gameplay footage.

The first vid was a short explanation of the vision for Watch Dogs and the systems put in place that players and AI will get to interact with. In the Watch Dogs’ future version of Chicago, all of the computer and electronic systems in the city are interconnected through the ctOS system. From bank records to social networks to the transportation and security grids for the city, hacker Aidien Pierce has a frightening amount of access and control over the digital world around him. As he passes citizens on the street, Aiden is informed of their age, occupation, income, and other important information he can use to help or harm the population of Chicago.

Check out the trailer below to see most of the footage that was shown at PAX.  See how Aiden uses the ctOS system to monitor and help a citizen who is at a high risk of being extorted by a less than honorable photographer.  Aiden’s control of ctOS extends to the power grid as he overloads a generator to slow down the criminal and neutralize the threat.  Once the police arrive Aiden is able to use the ctOS system to escape into the city and fight another day.

After the doors to the private viewing room opened, fans were led to an area where they were able to pre-order Watch Dogs and receive an exclusive t-shirt only available at PAX.

Watch Dogs is set for release this holiday season on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.  For more information be sure to visit


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