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Eight minutes of Watch Dogs multiplayer footage

Posted on April 23, 2014 AT 09:43am

Ubisoft has released a new video for Watch Dogs that offers a walkthrough of the game’s three multiplayer modes: Online Hacking Contracts, ctOS Mobile Companion App, and Competitive Decryption Combat.

First up are Online hacking Contracts. These are where another player can enter your game and attempt to hack you to earn notoriety. A player will be notified when another player is in their game trying to hack them, following this a countdown timer will begin, if the player being hacked fails to find the hacker then they lose. The player being hacked must smoke out the hacker and stop them, doing so successfully earns notoriety that can be spent on upgrading skills—as does successfully hacking someone. If the hack fails, but the hacker escapes, then both players earn notoriety.

Next up is the ctOS Mobile Companion App. Now this mode is a little different to the usual multiplayer affairs as a player on the mobile app is challenging someone in game. The player on the app has full control over anything that can be hacked in the game and the police. Basically the mobile app users must prevent the in-game player from reaching race checkpoints in a given time using everything at their disposal.

Finally, we have Competitive Decryption Combat. In this mode two teams of players vie for control of a file. However, getting the file is only half the battle. After your team gains control of it, you must then decrypt it—which takes time. During this time, the defending team must hold off the opposition long enough for the decryption to finish. Of course being Watch Dogs, both teams are able to hack the environment around them to create cover and set off traps.

Watch Dogs is set to launch May 27 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. A Wii U launch is scheduled for this fall.

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