Last week we finally got a release date for Watch Dogs. That good news was overshadowed by the fact that the accompanying trailer showed footage of a game that looks a little different to the game Ubisoft showed off during E3 2012 and 2013. This obviously caused a ruckus – the origin of which could probably be traced back to the ever lovable denizens of that shining beacon of Internet vitriol, NeoGAF.
A few days later and YouTuber Jason Knothe gives us a very useful, side-by-side comparison video so you can decide for yourself whether there’s merit in getting all worked up about this. There are a number of things to bear in mind: first of all, the original 2012 and 2013 E3 trailers were running off PC, and the release date trailer from last week was all PlayStation 4 footage; secondly, a lot of the content that’s up for comparison is not identical content, and there are night time scenes being compared to day time scenes.
All that being said, there are a couple of comparisons that are glaringly obvious, such as reflections on wet streets, dynamic lighting, explosions and cloth physics in Aiden’s coat. Watch the video and decide for yourself.
Is this a big deal? Are people upset because the game might not look like what they were expecting, or are people upset because Ubisoft has allegedly “lied” to consumers? Is this any different to doctored screenshots, which everyone knows are bullshots but accepts them anyway?