Ubisoft’s upcoming Watch Dogs features an interconnected, high-tech world where everything is linked… and hackable. Here’s the thing though- it’s not too far off at all from what we already have.
In Watch Dogs, the city of Chicago is controlled by a Central Operating System that links everything to, well, everything.
Now Ubisoft has debuted the tie-in website Wearedata where you can take a look at the flow of information that encircles the actual cities of Berlin, London and Paris. And let me tell you, there is a stunning amount of data floating around out there about average people and the cities they live in.
Watch Dogs’ WeareData allows users to access the real-time data that organize and help run the cities of Berlin, London and Paris, as well current information on their inhabitants. Via a 3D mapping system, the consolidated, openly available information that can be easily viewed includes public transport schedules (such as subways and public bicycles), telecommunications networks (including mobile antennas, WiFi spots and advertising networks), energy consumption, traffic and safety infrastructure (like CCTV cameras and traffic lights) and regionalized socioeconomic data (such as average net income, unemployment rate and crime rate). Also available are geo-localized social media activities for the cities’ residents, including their public posts on Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter.
Even if you have an idea of just how connected we’ve all become, this is somewhat awe-inspiring. Take a look at the web app right here and prepare to be amazed.
Watch Dogs takes control for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii U on November 22nd. You can also expect to see the game released for the Xbox One and PS4 right around the time those consoles hit the market.