Watch Dogs whole map open from the start of the game

Tuesday, 1st October 2013 00:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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.

Thanks, PCGamesN.



  1. Mr Sparkle

    That’s logical. Hopefully it’s not blacked out as well, like in other games we’ve seen recently…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. TheWulf

    Always a good choice, I’m not a fan of how vertical progression limits a player’s choice and agency in some games. Being able to go anywhere I wanted in Saints Row IV didn’t hurt that game at all, after all.

    I’m still on the fence about this one, I really appreciate its novelty but I’m iffy about all the gunplay and the desaturated look of it. I’ll see what I think when there are some let’s plays or a demo out there. Still, this is good news.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Hcw87

    Getting rewards/more stuff opening up as you play is only good, instead of getting everything handed to you early like Guild Wars 2, where combat was the same from lvl 5 to 80. That was a huge letdown.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Mr Sparkle

    @3 True, but we’re talking about a map here. Isn’t it only normal that a modern city would be mapped out from the start?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. ddtd

    @4 You’re right. GTA V’s map is completely open too, but they smartly reign the player in through gameplay mechanica that slowly open the world even more. Sounds like what they’re doing here in Warch Dogs. Yeah, the whole map is there to explore, but it seems like hacking will be used to open it up even more (quests, activities, missions)

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Moonwalker1982


    Why hopefully? I like it how it’s blacked out. You can go anywhere you want to, but there’s still this element of surprise and mystery.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Xbone

    I actually prefered the GTA thing where you unlock part of the cities with progression.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Dunno

    Claim the vantage point in the modern form :D

    #8 1 year ago

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