WATCH: New Watch_Dogs trailer welcomes you to Chicago

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Ubisoft’s latest trailer for the upcoming Watch_Dogs shows off some pretty spectacular scenery, all from the future version of Chicago where the game is set.

In it you’ll see many of Chicago’s iconic landmarks, you’ll hear again how everything in the city is inter-connected, and see for yourself many of “the endless possibilities” offered by the game world’s single- and multi-player let’s-hack-everything content. The almost four-minute video showcases much of what has us so excited for the game’s May 27 release.

The publisher also sent out an interesting Q&A document that answers some of the questions fans no doubt have about the game.

1.     Are there day/night cycles in the game?

Yes, there is a real time day and night cycle. Time of day is not scripted.

2.     What weather systems can the player expect to experience?

We have a lot of different weather possibilities from sunny and calm, to stormy and rainy. Wind, rain, fog and clouds all have several degrees of intensity and are all systemic.

3.     How do you manage to ensure every NPC is unique?

Every NPC has unique qualities that distinguish him or her from others in the game. There are over 3000 character kits and an almost infinite amount of unique profiler possibilities.

4.     How many concurrent NPCs can there be?

The number of NPCs players can encounter at one time depends on a variety of factors like time of day and location. If it’s mid-day, then players will see more NPCs going about their busy lives. At night, we have fewer NPCs reflecting the patterns we see in the real world. The downtown core of Chicago is also a busier area with lots more citizens than a more industrial region, for example. Our main goal was to ensure that the world feels as alive as you’d expect in a major city like Chicago. And of course, the next gen consoles allow us to place more NPCs in the world than we’ve ever been able to do in current gen consoles.

So it’s hard to give specific numbers, but rest assured, the city will feel alive like players have never seen before with many unique NPCs populating the city.

 5.     Can you hack absolutely every NPC in the game?

Yes, every NPC can be hacked. Based on their profile, a variety of hacks are possible. You can also hack elements in the world to influence the behaviour of NPC’s around.

6.     What different environments can the player expect?

Chicago is a rich and diverse city and we want the player to explore every inch of it There are 6 different districts in WD, all with really different looks, types of NPC’s and vibe.

 7.     How many different vehicles can the player drive?

Over 75 different vehicles from bikes to compact, heavy, muscle, off road, SUV, luxury cars, or speed cars, all of them with their own realistic physics.

8.     How many different hacks are available in the game?

Over 100 hacks.

Oh yes. Can it be May now, please?

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.