Gamescom 2013: Ubisoft Announces A Watch Dogs Film, New PS4 Trailer Out
Well well, the first game is months away from being booted out the door but Ubisoft seems to be pretty confident that it’s going to become a big franchise already.
During Sony’s Gamescom press conference, Ubisoft announced that its film division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is currently teaming up with Sony Pictures and New Regency on the development of a Watch Dogs feature film.
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The announcement was complimented with a PS4 exclusive gameplay video, which you can check out up above.
New Regency, if you’re interested, is also on board to produce the in-development Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender, as well as the planned Splinter Cell movie featuring memorable Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy.
The Watch Dogs story revolves around protagonist Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker who takes control of Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS), gaining control of the city’s infrastructure, to inflict revenge after suffering a family tragedy.
Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, commented: “Since both Sony and Ubisoft have movie and video game branches, this deal creates exceptional opportunities for us to merge the realms of the story-based cinematic experience with the interaction of the video game.
“In addition, Sony Pictures and New Regency have deep production expertise and are letting us maintain a strong creative voice in the film’s development. Together, we’re confident we can deliver a movie that builds upon the excitement that the gameis already generating.”
Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures, also gave some input: “The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller.
“It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team on the development of the project.”
Ubisoft has previously confirmed that Watch Dogs will be out on November 22 in Europe and over here for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC. It will be out “at launch” on PS4, which hopefully means November 29 for the Europe date.