Watch Dogs won’t have players trapped in a small section of the map, waiting patiently to complete enough missions to unlock more areas.
Watch Dogs creative director Jonathan Morin told The Average Gamer that the whole Watch Dogs world is “open right at the start”.
“You can go anywhere you want. We are not restricting the player,” he said,
That said, while you can go anywhere you like, you’ll need to hack to expand what’s available to Aiden on the map.
“Within the free-roaming the player will have to progressively invade certain strategic points from the city OS system that’s going to make it possible for him [Aiden] to get connected in a district,” Morin said.
“It’s going to grow and we call this ‘monitoring grid’. It’s like its own network to listen to what’s going on in the city. That unlocks tons of different side activities and events that the system can detect so we can actually go and intervene into them.”
Watch Dogs is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in November.