Watch Dogs to Debut as PS4 Launch Title (But is Still Coming to PC, PS3, X360 and Wii U)

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Ubisoft rocked last year’s E3 with one of the very few new IP surprises of the event, the open-world action game Watch Dogs. At the time the demo seemed far too impressive to be running on current-gen hardware and speculation immediately began to build that Ubisoft was secretly teasing a next-gen game even though it had been announced for PC and existing consoles.

Well, the answer to the riddle is that the game is actually coming to all platforms in question. That’s right, it’s both next-gen and current-gen at the same time. Weird, I know.

During the PlayStation Meeting on Wednesday night, Ubisoft announced that Watch Dogs will make its debut this holiday season as a PlayStation 4 launch title. In a later press release, Ubisoft reconfirmed that the game is also shipping for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

Ubisoft isn’t the only company developing games across console generations as games like Diablo III from Blizzard and Destiny from Bungie are also coming to both PS3 and PS4. This strategy sounds great in terms of giving these titles the chance to reach a broad audience, but it also seems like it could potentially cannibalize PS4 sales. Sure, the PS4 versions should be more graphically advanced, but if there’s the option to play a game on a console I already own versus paying big bucks for a new console to play an enhanced version of the same game, I may be more reluctant to become an early adopter.

That’s just some food for thought. More important than anything else is the game itself, and right now Watch Dogs is shaping up to be a real sock knocker offer, regardless of platform. Below you’ll find some new screenshots along with a commentated gameplay demo from the PS4 unveil. Enjoy it, I know you will.

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