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Watch Dogs Companion App Detailed June 13, 2012

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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The big reveal at this year’s E3 seemed to be Watch Dogs, which premiered at the Ubisoft Media Briefing.  If you want to learn more about the premise and details of the game, I recommend checking out our coverage of the announcement here.

But there’s more to the story than just what was shown at the Media Briefing.  Ubisoft was also showing off a companion app during the E3 demos for the game.  The app, which was shown running on a tablet, interacted with the player’s game and granted deeper immersion into the game’s world.

With the app, which you can run on your tablet device as you play the game on your platform of choice, tracks your game progress by keeping a record of all the decisions you made during each sequence.  You’ll also be able to see an entire map of the Chicago hub (yes it’s an open world game taking place in Chicago), the layouts of all the buildings inside the game, and background information with locations on targets.

You’ll also be able to keep track of the progress of your friends in the game (completely agnostic to whatever platform they’re playing the game on) as well as compare notes as to what decisions they made to get through certain sequences with you.  Since you’ll be able to join your friend’s games and either provide them assistance or work against them in a not yet demoed competitive mode, using this app to determine how your friend plays the game could give you an advantage which can either help you help them, or help you beat them.

It’s a fascinating new feature which fits in perfectly with the game’s premise.  I know this ties in with what Microsoft is hoping to do with SmartGlass, and what Nintendo is working on with the Wii U, but this feature fits in perfectly with the game’s premise, that digital information is the greatest weapon and it can be gotten at any time by a device that simply fits in your pocket.

Watch Dogs is coming in 2013 to PC and Consoles.

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