The biggest problem with the internet in this digital age is that information tends to leak ahead of time. As much as some of us love hearing every little detail about any beloved thing (guilty as charged)—an upcoming game, for instance—it’s often better to hear about things in an official light, with proper confirmation and some sort of supplementary material that provides all-important context. The reality of the internet, though, is that all manner of information that people don’t want revealed, will get revealed.
Interestingly, this is the idea at the core of Watch Dogs, a new IP from Ubisoft that was unveiled during their Day Zero conference. While the conference presented the fascinating proof-of-concept video, it didn’t show off the nine-odd minutes of gameplay that kicks all kinds of arse.
The gameplay demo shows off some stunning visuals, plenty of Syndicate-like hacking (on a whole other level) and some brutal combat, to boot. Beyond this, the concept of scanning a room and discovering deeply personal information from NPCs—such as one character who is HIV positive—gives a whole new meaning to the concerns over internet privacy.
Have a gander at the demo that is way too pretty to be run on anything else but a high-end PC, and count down the unknown days for the release of this promising multiplatform title. I, for one, cannot wait to see more.