Watch Dogs multiplayer invasions won’t disrupt your play, designer explains

Monday, 28th April 2014 11:14 GMT By Dave Cook

Watch Dogs had a string of bumper reveals recently, including this nine minute multiplayer trailer, which shows how you can hack other player’s worlds to hack data from their phone.


Now, you might think that being constantly invaded by dicks might prove a little disruptive to your solo campaign, but thankfully, Watch Dogs’ Lead Gameplay Designer Danny Belanger told OXM, “If you’re in a narrative experience, that’s your narrative experience you’re living in.

“We try to make sure it’s when you’re available and during your free-roaming and you’re not doing something else that could be disrupted. That’s when we turn it on and allow players to come in and invade you.”

Belanger added that Watch Dogs will learn your preferences as you go, to better tailor when you’re susceptible to invasion or not. “We have a shield,” he continued. “So if someone comes into your game and hacks you, you’re protected. It can’t happen. The less you partake in the multiplayer, the longer the shield.

“If you’re not hacking people and you’re not into that gameplay, the game will recognize and acknowledge that you’re not into that. That’s fine. The shield will slowly become many hours because we’re trying to adapt. There are so many different players and we’re trying to adapt to all of them and make an experience that works for them.”

Those hacking other players often will gain notoriety, and more notorious players will gain access to new skills along the way.

We’ll have more on how this shielding technique works in practice once we get our paws on the final build. Stay tuned.

Watch Dogs is out May 27.



  1. Edo

    Well this just confuses me even more…I don’t want “Watch Dogs to learn my preference as I go” I bought this game to play it as a single-player game from the start to finish and hopefully I will be able to do that.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Luciferous

    If it works as they explain it then i am down for this whole invasion thingy.

    Plus watching the video it does seem like a really nice way to partake in a little MP, just to break the monotony of being a bad ass cyber vigilante type dude.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Edo

    Read the actual article,It’s all good :)
    “Belanger is confident, however, that players who avoid multiplayer entirely won’t feel short-changed. “You can be disconnected and there’s still a very big action-adventure open-world game. This just gives you more choice. It’s the same for the companion app. If you’re online there’s more gameplay you can enjoy.”

    #3 8 months ago
  4. pablo2008jedi

    I’m so stoked for this game, the MP gampelay looks amazing and very fluid. Can’t wait to hack!

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Hcw87

    Why overcomplicate things? Just add an on/off switch for online multiplayer and that’s all it needs. This isn’t Dark Souls where people can grief you whenever they feel like it (that’s not fun gameplay).

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Legendaryboss

    This is convoluted at first, but i know exactly what to do. Sign in then sign out, although it does sound like an interesting system to partake in.

    #6 8 months ago

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