Watch Dogs downgrade claims examined

By Alan Ng - Mar 7, 2014

Ubisoft has officially re-announced Watch Dogs with a May 2014 release date, but the biggest talking point among gaming communities is the apparent downgrade that appears to have taken place. Gamers have noticed differences between Watch Dogs 2012 Vs 2014, so now we examine this in closer detail and see whether there are any truth to the claims.

Watch Dogs is coming on May 27 2014 and is set to be one of the biggest releases of the Summer, both for current and next-gen consoles and PC of course which remains the lead platform.

Fans have been waiting for Watch Dogs for a long time after playing and completing GTA V, but we have seen that some are surprised at the differences in the game announced a few days ago, compared to the original game announcement at E3 in 2012.

We told you of rumors suggesting that PS4 will be 1080p native resolution and Xbox One 960p resolution, but that may not be your biggest fear.

Footage from the Watch Dogs 2012 trailer Vs the new trailer just released..

Watch the animation above and see the differences between the current build revealed this week and the original build. To give you further examination of the differences, we also include both trailers below so you can watch closely to see both builds one after the other.

We also have some more animations to bring you showing the original gameplay from 2012 yet again. These are truly beautiful graphics we’re seeing here worthy of a next-gen tag and certainly the level that PC gamers are expecting to see at release as well if PC is lead platform.

Look at those lighting effects!

Amazing fire effects during an intense scene – PC or next-gen surely?

We have already seen these claims discussed on social media and it looks like a lot of you have plenty to say on an apparent Watch Dogs ‘downgrade’. We include a few of your messages on Twitter here for you to have a look:

Obviously most of you are not happy about this, but we need to remind you about a few important points. As far as we’re aware, Ubisoft has not confirmed which version of the game they were showing during the latest March 6 story trailer.

So it could be the Xbox 360 and PS3 version we are seeing here, rather than next-gen or PC. There is still a good chance that the original graphics that you see in the animations above, will still make it into the PC version which we heard will be able to output at up to 4K resolution.

Either way, Ubisoft needs to come out and make it clear to the community before it gets out of hand. We’ve shown you the evidence here, so let us know what you think of the ‘downgrade’ claims.

Do you think this could actually be next-gen PS4 and Xbox One versions shown in the latest trailer – what would your reaction be if so? If you have a high-end PC, we still don’t think you have anything to worry about.

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