A new trailer for Watch Dogs was released the other day, and it's got the cores/GBs/particle effects/superior fish AI crowd up in arms. The new footage is clearly not as shiny, purdy, and detailed as the stuff shown at E3 last year, and it's not sitting well with the "hardcore" folks. There's too much here for me to put it all up, so if you'd rather not click on anything, I'll try to summarize as best I can.
The basic graphics controversy (but there are several other articles out there):
Can Ubisoft Rescue The Watch Dogs Downgrade Controversy?
A rant about how much this all sucks:
Developers Continue to Pull Wool Over Our Eyes | GaminRealm.comGaminRealm.com
Damage control from Ubisoft:
Watch_Dogs: “Don’t worry About the Graphics,” “They’re at No Risk at All” | DualShockers
My take on all this? I bet Watch Dogs isn't going to look as good as promised, and it will be interesting to see how that affects the perception of this title, and it's sales. I've long thought that there would be a "wake up" game for the next gen purists, one that shows them that they actually can't, in fact, have it all. From all reports, this title is huge and ambitious, so it really follows that it's not going to be able to pump out the best graphics possible. It's open world, not a semi-linear FPS. Also, developers tend to show off stuff at E3 using the best PC builds they can, so I don't find this all that surprising. But obviously others do.
Oh, and here's some pleasant exchanges between calm and understanding Wii U owners and Ubisoft about the delay . The link to the actual exchanges is at the bottom of the article:
Wii U Owners Push Back at Ubisoft Over Watch Dogs - Nintendo Enthusiast
So...good feels all around. Everything I've seen about this title leads me to believe it will be very good, but with all this weirdness swirling around it, I'm beginning to doubt it's going to see much success.