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Watch Dogs or GTA V? Developer says there’s room for both

by William Schwartz

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Two of the biggest game releases of 2013 will be Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Rockstar Games’ GTA V. For fans of the open world experience, Fall 2013 should be bountiful, but gamers shouldn’t have to choose between Watch Dogs or GTA V. While both games are open world experiences, Watch Dogs is completely different, according to Ubisoft Montreal.

“For the sake of every player out there, I like to believe that there is space for more than one great game in this world,” Ubisoft’s Jonathan Morin explained to MCV. The game’s creative director describes Watch Dogs as “something new, fresh and relevant for today’s players.”

When prompted about the comparison to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V, Morin noted some of the very distinct differences between Watch Dogs and the long running franchise, pointing to controlling the entire city and the game’s “dynamism”.

“With Watch Dogs, we want to push gaming forward in our own way. We do play open world games and it surely influenced us in some way. But creating an experience is never about adding elements your neighbors have. It is all about delivering the fantasy and experience you are seeking.”

A lot of open world titles get compared to the Grand Theft Auto franchise. After all, Rockstar is the grand daddy of the genre. Influencing a slew of GTA clones following the success of Grand Theft Auto III. Watch Dogs is probably being more closely examined because of the proximity to the release of Grand Theft Auto 5.

Though if you are needing to make a decision between Watch Dogs or GTA, Watch Dogs will be available on next-gen platforms when it arrives in November, while GTA V has only been confirmed for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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