Watch Dogs, the upcoming open world action-adventure stealth video game, “is truly a systemic game,” according to lead game designer Danny Belanger.
“There are many questions about the systemic or scripted nature of the game. Many people have doubts that we’ve scripted everything we shown.
This is truly a systemic game – A good example is our E3 2012 demo with the car accident done by hacking the traffic lights, it depends on the amount of vehicles present at the intersection when it is triggered,” Danny Belanger told GamingBolt.
He went on, “The gravity of the accident will totally depend on the speed and amount of cars at that instant. Our goal is to give a lot of interesting tools to the player to modify, affect the simulation and let him be creative in using them to achieve his goals.”
“With WATCH_DOGS, we intend to let the players express themselves. We are building an AI that supports stealth and shooting with the transitions required between the two states. This means that the player can take advantage of not being seen to engage into gunplay when he decides.
With this angle, using technology becomes a core component of our game. The player can, for example, use the camera network to spot the enemies beforehand to set up an ambush from the position he feels is most advantageous.
He can also take the time to identify all the technological opportunities to gain an advantage; like modifying cover or spotting vulnerabilities in the electrical system to takedown unsuspecting enemies,” Belanger said.
“Players who prefer a more direct approach can totally run in and take care of business using a more action-oriented approach. We strongly feel that imposing a style of play on the player is less fun than letting the player explore the game systems and enjoy the game as he wants.
This obviously brings many challenges in a game like ours but we feel it is worth it. Luckily, we have a lot of expertise in many genres, be it action or stealth, in the studio and we can profit from this common experience to push the boundaries.
We also have a full range of weapons at the player’s disposal – from basic pistols to grenade launchers, these can be used anywhere the player wants and it can create quite the mess when a fight breaks out in downtown Chicago.
It becomes even more interesting when you add the range of city hacks and vehicles the player can use in combination with his arsenal,” he concluded.
Pre-order Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs will release on November 22, 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, the Wii U and PC. It will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at launch.
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