Publisher Ubisoft’s Wii U version of Watch Dogs has recently gotten its first screenshots out in the wild, all thanks to the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, it has been revealed Wii U owners will need 17.7GB of free space for this latest intellectual property, and if you plan on getting it via the eShop, you should know said version costs $59.99. Considering Watch Dogs on the Wii U comes with zero downloadable packages, the price might be a little too steep.
Set within a fictionalized version of Chicago, Illinois, the single-player story follows a hacker and his efforts to seek revenge after the accidental death of his niece. The open world design lets players freely roam Chicago, which includes the urban city, open countryside, and slums. The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on-foot or by vehicle. Players control Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled grey hat hacker who can hack into the ‘ctOS’, a centralized operating system which manages the hyper-connected city of Chicago, and formed after a Northeast blackout of 2003 was caused by a hacker. Players can choose to play as criminals or vigilantes. An online multiplayer mode is also provided in the game, allowing up to eight players to engage in both cooperative and competitive gameplay in a recreation of the single-player setting.
Development on the game began in 2009. As part of their research for the open world, the developers conducted field research around Chicago throughout development and captured footage for the design team. Development duties were shared between many of Ubisoft’s studios worldwide. Following its announcement in June 2012, Watch Dogs was widely anticipated. At release, it received generally positive feedback, with praise particularly directed at the game’s hacking elements and mission variety. The game also received criticism concerning the gameplay and some technical issues which were later fixed via patch.