Watch Dogs director refuses to ‘feel the pressure’ of GTA 5

Wednesday, 9th October 2013 02:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Watch Dogs creative director Jonathan Morin has said Ubisoft Montreal won’t be shoehorning helicopters into the game just because Grand Theft Auto 5 does it.

Speaking to VG247 in an interview to be published this week, Morin said Ubisoft isn’t interested in emulating the crazy world of GTA 5.

“When you do a game you always want to make sure that what you put in is to the service of the game. I think GTA has a great fantasy and everything they put in it reinforces that fantasy,” he said.

“What you don’t to do is start copying or start feeling the pressure of your neighbour like, ‘Oh my god we need a chopper.’”

Morin said that some GTA-like elements, such as cars, are inevitable, because it would be tedious to walk everywhere, but that hacking is the central motif and that those gameplay elements it does include must be in service to that.

“You do need those obvious things, but afterwards it was all about hacking, and it’s constantly got to be about that. It doesn’t mean we couldn’t have put in a chopper or something else in, but it would have always have been – if we had done it – because it fits or there’s one cool thing about hacking we could do with it,” he said.

“It’s always about reinforcing our fantasy so that the player not disappointed. Players are good at asking. I get bombarded on Twitter like, ‘Oh, can you buy real estate? Can you do it?’ and they ask all those questions. It’s funny because on one side it’s cool that they want to know what’s going on in the game, but on the other I’m curious. I ask, ‘Why are you asking me if you can do stuff you already did? Why are you not asking me about the stuff you’ve never done?’

“It’s funny. People talk about what they know, so instead of saying, ‘What else is in Watch Dogs, that is not possible in other games?’ they go [points at water bottle], ‘Oh I tasted that water, it was great. Do you have water in your game? It’s funny. I just find it funny.”

Watch Dogs is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in November. The PC requirements are quite high end, which bodes well for the next-gen versions in particular.



  1. TMRNetShark

    Good? GTA 5 is about anti-heroes while Watch Dogs is about vigilantism. Just because they have the same game mechanics (aka, open world, third person, etc.) doesn’t mean it’s going to be played the same way.

    Don’t worry, I stopped playing GTA 5 when I beat it. Haven’t played it since… (Dragon’s Dogma is consuming my time XD)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. pcbros

    Watch Dogs > GTA 5 for me… so no worries Ubisoft.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Animeboy413


    #3 1 year ago
  4. Animeboy413

    @#2Lol Good one

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Animeboy413


    #5 1 year ago
  6. pcbros

    @3 – No joke.

    @4 – No joke.

    @5 – No joke.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Gekidami

    The header image for this should be this ad they released:×500.jpg

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Juice_Man101

    I gotta agree with pcbros on this one. I haven’t even beat gta yet because it’s so damn boring.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. BrahManDude

    GTA 5 is the better game because the world and characters stand out are fun to be in and around but what i see from watch dogs is pretty bland and generic, i like the concept of the hack though but im not convinced yet

    #9 1 year ago
  10. junguler

    well i can’t see why we can’t enjoy both, why we have to pick just one of them ?

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Fethennour

    @1 Totally agree. Both are open world games, but that’s the only thing they have in common.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Lv01

    have any of us played watch dogs yet..? hm.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @12 Yep

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Lv01

    i gathered u had dave! i just found all the ‘this ones the better game, no this ones the better game’ stuff funny, when weve only played one of the two games were comparing.

    on a side note, how do you feel about the game, as you have actually played watch dogs!?

    #14 1 year ago
  15. AmiralPatate

    I’m on PC, so the choice is quite easy to make, isn’t it? The real question for me is, do I want to support Ubisoft and buy their game?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. derpachu

    Gta is so overrated. I was bored as hell.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @13: So? How is it? I thought GTA V was a huge disappointment, so I’m all for Chicago!

    #17 1 year ago

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