Ubisoft has issued a statement attempting to explain why the PC version of Watch Dogs included unused graphical options hidden within its game files. The company also said that a mod enabling these features is not a good thing for PC users because it can cause a number of unwanted technical and gameplay issues.
The options were discovered by modders earlier this week who quickly made a mod available for PC users to apply to the game themselves. The mod was made by a user going by the moniker "TheWorse." Changes introduced by the mod reportedly affect the game's depth of field, dynamic lighting, shadows and more.
The results have been mixed; some users say the mod improves the visual quality of the game, while others complained about performance issues while using the mod.
Ubisoft said in a statement posted on its Watch Dogs web site that enabling these features – old files – is not a good idea.
"The dev team is completely dedicated to getting the most out of each platform, so the notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we've set out to achieve," Ubisoft wrote on the official Watch Dogs website. "We test and optimize our games for each platform on which they're released, striving for the best possible quality."
"The PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality."
"Modders are usually creative and passionate players, and while we appreciate their enthusiasm, the mod in question (which uses those old settings) subjectively enhances the game's visual fidelity in certain situations but also can have various negative impacts. Those could range from performance issues, to difficulty in reading the environment in order to appreciate the gameplay, to potentially making the game less enjoyable or even unstable."
"Thanks for playing Watch Dogs and stay safe on the mean streets of Chicago."