At a recent Ubisoft press event to promote its upcoming game Watch Dogs, senior producer Dominic Guay revealed how the company is working hard to make the hacking in the game as authentic as humanly possible. Joystiq covered the press event extensively in this article.
Watch Dogs is a future-leaning open word action game where one man hacks an integrated computer system (through his cell phone) that controls just about everything in the city of Chicago. In the game the city is controlled by "ctOS" or central operating system — a matrix of interconnected computers that players can hack into, but to make that hacking authentic the makers of the game have turned to a real security firm.
"We're working with Kaspersky Lab, a big security firm," Guay noted during the San Francisco press event to promote the game. "They have really hardcore experts there on hacking. We send them some of our designs and we ask them feedback on it, and it's interesting to see what gets back."
Ubisoft hopes that by relying on Kaspersky Lab's expertise it will avoid the kind of hacking seen in Hollywood movies – which is usually unrealistic and over-the-top. Because hacking is such an integral part of the gameplay and the story it makes sense that authenticity is a priority.
You can learn more about other aspects of the game on Joystiq.
Watch Dogs is set for release later this year.