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Watch Dogs' Protagonist Isn't Necessarily A "Good Guy"

A conflicted protagonist that operates within a moral gray area is always intriguing.

Ubisoft's upcoming high-tech open-world action game, Watch Dogs, features just such a protagonist. Aiden Pearce is neither wholly good nor is he overtly evil, as senior producer Dominic Guay explained during a new ZoomIn Games interview.

Guay said Pearce isn't necessarily "a good guy or a bad guy," because he's essentially a vigilante. In other words, it's justice, but his own brand of justice. As for inspiration, we learn that the development team was inspired by TV shows like "Dexter" "Breaking Bad," because guys like Walter White are similar in terms of character construction. Let's say they have "issues."

"We're inspired by characters like Dexter or the series like Breaking Bad, where the main character is not necessarily a good guy, but he's a person with flaws, with qualities; someone we can relate to and that you will bond with even though he does sometimes things that are not necessarily good."

There will be some choice involved, though, so players may have an impact on Aiden's personality and moral growth throughout the adventure. This could end up being one of the very best titles of 2013, and we can't wait to give it a try. Watch Dogs will release for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on November 19, and it will be a launch title for the PS4 and Xbox One.

Related Game(s): Watch Dogs

Tags: watch dogs, aiden pearce, ubisoft, watch dogs main character

8/29/2013 1:04:59 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 3:27:56 PM
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Named my dog after Dexter :)

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 6:43:18 PM

Great show

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DUNDEAL79
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 4:18:51 PM
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This might be the most over hyped new IP of all time.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 6:43:05 PM

No, that would be Assassins Creed.

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Akuma07
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 7:33:24 PM

To be fair, both those games are high value games which are actually quite polished and offer a very large amount of enjoyment.

But they share a lot of similarities, so if this isn't something you're into, then A) i dont know why you're here, and b) you're not going to like it no matter how good it is.

The one thing Ubisoft has done, is kept an annualized franchise which SO FAR has not suffered in quality because of that.

Personally, every year I say I will take a break, and then every year they announce a new AC with a cool new setting that pulls me back in. I won't deny it.... I am hooked.

I am hoping that Ubi doesn't make Watch Dogs an annual franchise, I already have AC and COD to play each and every year.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 8:43:29 AM

bullsh*t it hasent suffered in quality!
brotherhood was such a step back from the franchise, than when revelations was on a good track adding in new things, they removed them in 3, and instead completely changed the combat system making it so much worse!
the annualization of AC has affected the games quality just as much as CoDs has!

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 7:13:27 PM
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well thats interesting to hear

happy gaming =)

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Lawless SXE
Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 6:43:02 AM
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I'm a little surprised that it's confirmed as a release title for the next-gen consoles, considering the current-gen release is a few days afterwards, but okay.
As for the character profile, it sounds interesting. I just hope that Ubi isn't BS'ing with this. Developers are getting better with their characters though so... I'm cautiously hopeful. Mind you, W_D is likely to be a mid-2014 purchase for me. All booked out for the rest of the year and no room for Aiden (not this Aiden, anyway).

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Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 8:45:59 AM
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of course hes not a good guy, you dont see people randomly walking up to guards and pounding them in the face now do you?
and if i remember right you can actually kill whoever you want as well, the E3 demo they showed where you walk out of a shop and see someone calling the cops you can choose what you want to do to try silence them.
be that knock the phone out of their hands and break it, knock them out, or more permanent measures.
plus, last time i checked good guys dont shoot cops!

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CedrictheDragon
Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 5:06:20 PM
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People are like this in real life, there are few totally good or bad people, we all do good and bad at different times. So he is more human maybe than most heroes of games. I think the choice is up to the player how dark or light you want to be as a character.

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JROD0823
Saturday, August 31, 2013 @ 3:24:01 PM

Which means that Aiden Pearce might be the most compelling protagonist we've seen in quite some time.

And that's got me very excited. :)

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