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Security firm working with Watch Dogs devs to ensure believable hacking

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If you haven’t watched any of the trailers or promotional materials surrounding Ubisoft’s upcoming game Watch Dogs, the best word to describe it is hacking. You can hack everything. There are videos of the player hacking ATMS, Subways, and even street lights to cause a wreck to make get away easier. The whole premise of the game is that everything in the city is controlled by a central operating system, or CentOS.

It looks like Ubisoft is taking extra steps to make sure the hacking within the game is believable, as they’re working with Kaspersky Lab to ensure that correct terminology and situations are used. Dominic Guay, senior producer for the game, says he wants to make sure everything the player can do in the game is possible to do in real-life, if a city were inter-connected like this.

“We’re working with Kaspersky Lab, a big security firm. They have really hardcore experts there on hacking. We send them some of our designs and we ask them feedback on it, and it’s interesting to see what gets back.”

Guay states that he hopes through this partnership, the view of “Hollywood hacking” that many scoff or turn up their nose will be reduced in Watch Dogs.

[via Gamasutra]

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  • DK_Hadouken

    Kazpersky Lab is being used to ensure that hacking looks real?

    Damn. Ubisoft is really trying to make this game HUGE. Way to go.

    I wonder if they provided any specific feedback with the use of the gamepad?

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      It’s possible. I know terminology is a big thing for authenticity, so you won’t be seeing the generic hacking phrases used in movies, like, “I’m cracking their IP!”

      • Johny

        2 seconds of blip-blip … and fast typing … “im in. i’ve hacked the computer”…
        me: *rolls eyes* no comment
        as a computer technician i find it pretty annoying and lame how they simplify everything so even 10 year olds understand it.

      • Elem187

        lol, yeah that one always made me cringe.
        “Oh your cracking their IP, why bother when you can just query any DNS server with their common name to see their DNS A record returned?”

  • Adrian

    Well, that’s probably good. Most “hacking” in movies and video games is just completely unrealistic.

  • TheImaj

    Can’t wait for this blasted game! Also.. Cheers to Ubisoft for not being lazy!
    Hip Hip……..?

    • Nintendude

      Horray!

      • FlyingBoat

        nintendude, your picture is perfect for that comment

        • Nintendude

          Why thank you.

  • Zombie Boy

    Dear GTA5,

    I’m sorry, but I’ve met someone else… Her name is ‘Watch Dogs’.

    • Nintendofreak

      wont u mean his name?

      • Zombie Boy

        I generally don’t leave girlfriends for other people, but if I did, it certainly wouldn’t be for other men… lol

  • Johny

    woah…thats…thats actually pretty impressive :D man it just looks better and better….
    and the game really is unique in its own way… if you ask me, it could well turn out to be a better game than GTA V with more fresh and unique gameplay mechanics and approach in an open world game.
    becase GTA V… well.. we know its gonna be pretty cool and have all sorts of new features vehicles, weapons… but its still pretty much gonna be a gta game…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.. but its just getting kinda old… San Andreas was the last GTA game i really enjoyed FULLY

  • angel

    ok this game had officially become on my must get games as soon as i get money(even if if i need to give some bj jk) it is now on top with nintendos first party

  • Nintendude

    I’m starting to get convinced to buy this game.

  • disqus_8ZxUaYtBKt

    I wonder if you’ll be able to hack a Wii U… :P

  • Nintendofreak

    holy shit i just hope the use python cuz my c++ isnt good

  • Mario

    Ubisoft really wants to make this very realistic. Like with Assassin’s creed series! And ZombiU!

  • thedeciderU

    man, with the amount of hype already, if this game sucks… not good for ubisoft haha i plan on buying, but not a day one purchase (at least not yet).