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Ubisoft Insists Watch Dogs Hasn't Been Visually Downgraded

You may have heard: There's some footage floating around that hints at a scaled-back visual fidelity for the upcoming Watch Dogs.

Does this mean the hotly anticipated title won't look as good as it has in the past, in previous promo videos? And will we be able to accurately apply the "next-gen" label to it? Absolutely, so says Ubisoft.

The company was quick to respond to allegations that they were forced to tone down the graphical quality. Ubisoft Benelux PR and events manager Tess Vilyn addressed the situation through a series of updates on her Twitter page. Here's one:

"Of course it is not downgraded at all. It's a true next-gen game for sure...for sure.."

The controversy began when a certain GIF popped up in the NeoGAF forums. As you can see, it appears to show a significantly downgraded segment of the game. However, Vilyn insists that this didn't happen:

"Believe me the game is not downgraded. That would just be a bit ridiculous. I saw the game it looks incredible. It looks what a next gen should look like."

Watch Dogs is slated to launch on May 27 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Guess we'll know then if what Vilyn says is true, or if the game had to suffer through a disappointing down-scaling.

Related Game(s): Watch Dogs

Tags: watch dogs, watch dogs graphics, watch dogs visuals, ubisoft

3/7/2014 9:45:01 PM John Shepard

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Comments (15 posts)

firesoul453
Friday, March 07, 2014 @ 10:07:46 PM
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Either way I cannot wait for this and Infamous!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 07, 2014 @ 10:18:28 PM
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I blame the Wii U, lol.

But seriously folks, as long as it is still on last gen systems it IS NOT A TRUE NEXT GEN EXPERIENCE. It simply cannot be. Period.

This game has fallen far from that reveal.

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Cesar_ser_4
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 1:59:44 PM

I blame consoles for their graphical inferiority #PCMasterRace

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 4:06:41 PM

If the PC gamers I see are examples of a "master race," we are all in VERY big trouble.

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Gamer46
Friday, March 07, 2014 @ 10:52:49 PM
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I was disappointed with the most recent trailer to the point I cancelled my pre-order. I'm not a graphics whore at all but to me this game just looks simply unacceptable for a next-gen release. AC IV looked better. On one of the Nintendo-specific sites I frequent (I own a 3DS so gotta get my Nintendo news somewhere) the fanboys were having a field day. Can't wait until real PS4 releases like Batman Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 come out so those fools can put a sock in it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 07, 2014 @ 11:04:18 PM

It really does look awful, it's the PS4 version and it looks like a 2008 PS3 game.

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Gamer46
Friday, March 07, 2014 @ 11:39:01 PM

Yeah, when I was arguing with these Nintendo fanboys (always a pointless waste of time but whatever) I said it looked like a low-end PS3 game and that was unacceptable in 2014. They came back at me with 'maybe PS4 just isn't as powerful as Sony says.' LOL. I mean, admittedly, it could be true, I think all companies, including their precious Nintendo, embellish from time to time, but there is no way in hell that PS4 is not much, much more capable than Watch Dogs shows.

What surprises me is the AC IV team actually put out what I'd consider a competent looking version of that game for launch. I really have to wonder what this WD delay was for. I always figured it was to simply not take away sales from AC IV (and as a bonus get further away from GTA V) and this pretty much confirms it.

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Bonampak
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 6:37:27 PM

@Gamer46 - To be fair, that is going on everywhere. On sites that cover several systems, the same is happening too. People are questioning not just the PS4, but next-gen systems in general.

For instance, its happening on the neoGAF thread that Ben linked to.

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dembiscuits
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 1:41:13 AM
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Guess I need new glasses because I didn't see the same trailer that everyone else did. The gif also looks significantly worse that the trailer. Which system is it from and what stage of development?

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___________
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 2:21:41 AM
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oh rubbish!
sorry but compare the last trailer released yesterday to the E3 demo where the game was first revealed.
the E3 demo has far better lighting, more detailed effects, and higher texture resolution.
hell they have even changed aidens face, i freaking hate his new face just makes him look like a clueless muppet!
gotta love it how the games that get delayed so freaking much, are always the ones which end up like this.
starting to think delaying this was a massive mistake!
when the game comes out looking WORSE after a SEVEN month delay, than it did at its original launch date, you know your having a few problems!

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PlatformGamerNZ
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 4:57:11 AM
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well i will be getting it on the ps4 but i might get it on the PC later on depends haven't fully made my mind up yet.

happy gaming =)

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PC_Max
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 9:34:33 AM
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Sill not sure about this game. Visually looks good, but for some reason it reminded me of GTA. Why? I don't know. Not saying its a bad thing, but I am not a GTA fan sooooo.

I would like to hear more about the story and characters before knowing if this is a must. Right now the only games on my mind are Second Son, The Order and to be honest... I want to know about Biowares new Mass Effect game.

Keep playing!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 10:52:30 AM

Visually does not look good anymore.

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RICHIECOQUI
Sunday, March 09, 2014 @ 4:55:10 PM
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There are console fan boys there also graphical quality fan boys they are just as annoying!!

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Crabba
Monday, March 10, 2014 @ 7:00:04 PM
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Visual downgrading, and we're just at the start of the so-called next-gen... that's just depressing...

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