This Watch Dogs PC mod makes it look as good as Ubisoft’s E3 2012 demo

Monday, 16 June 2014 12:20 GMT By Dave Cook

Watch Dogs had a pretty stunning reveal at E3 2012, but PC gamers have accused Ubisoft of downgrading the game’s visuals when it launched this May. Thankfully, there’s a new PC mod that makes it look all shiny and ‘Ultra,’ just like the E3 demo.

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Want more proof? This YouTuber recreated the Watch Dogs E3 reveal demo in the final build then compared the footage side-by-side to see just how different the two builds are. Do you see a difference?

The mod was created by TheWorse, who listed the following enhancements included in the project:

  • Changes to the default fog values
  • Enabled bokeh DOF for the main cameras
  • Stuttering Improvements
  • E3 2012 Bloom
  • Performance Improvements
  • Enabled Headlight Shadows
  • LoD Changes
  • Reflection changes
  • Added 3 new cameras to the game(closer, normal, further)
  • Rain changes(High quality rain drops, properly reacting to light, etc)
  • LensFlares(WIP)
  • Lighting changes(TESTING AND WIP)
  • Civilians density changes

They also posted a gallery of screens to show you how Watch Dogs looks with the mod running:

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Nice sun glare off the road there, and the road texture is pretty lovely too. The draw distance also bleeds into a cool blurring effect if you look right down the street.

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That water looks ridiculous, in a good way. There’s also a heat haze wafting off the surf as well as the highly detailed backdrop.

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More ace water effects here, made even wetter thanks to rain. Feels like Scotland.

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Some pretty snazzy glare off the car headlights there.

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More blurring. Go to Specsavers Aiden.

Want to apply the mod to your version of Watch Dogs? Download it here. The link’s at the bottom, below the screens.

Via CVG.