Watch Dogs' Mixed Reception Was Similar to Original Assassin's Creed's, Ubisoft Says

In a new interview with CVG, Ubisoft Montreal executive Lionel Raynaud acknowledged that Watch Dogs did have its flaws, but said the game has succeeded in establishing "a brand and promise" for its future. He goes on to say that Watch Dogs' initial reception was similar to another Ubisoft franchise, which is now one of the company's crown jewels.

"The reception has actually been pretty close to Assassin's Creed [1]," he said. "With the first one we didn't have such a good reception, and it was fair. We had a lot of flaws in the replayability of gameplay loops and you could feel that the game was a first iteration."

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Yo Mama1485d ago

Not surprising at all, being they are both very mediocre.

Yi-Long1484d ago (Edited 1484d ago )

I already predicted this before launch: It always seemed like a repeat of the first Assassin's Creed: Great premise, great potential, but testing out the waters with this new idea and world, and having a bland boring character as the main protagonist, and the city never looked like a fantastic diverse playground that remains fun and interesting.

I'm hoping Watch_Dogs 2 will do the same as Assassin's Creed 2 did, as in just improving on all aspects of the game to fulfill that huge potential it obviously has.

XBLSkull1484d ago

I disagree, AC might have been repetitive, but every other AC since the first has just felt like more of the same, while the original seemed to be something completely new... Though I did enjoy tomahawking the British.

Altair was by far the best protagonist in the series. Ezio was a whinny little girl. Don't remember 3 and 4's main characters, obviously they were meh if I can't even remember their names.

skulz71484d ago (Edited 1484d ago )

I disagree. I think Assassins Creed has ALOT more charm than Watch Dogs, due to its historical and beautiful open world.
Every Assassins Creed open world has been beautifully crafted and most of the games are incredibly enjoyable with memorable characters. As they said, Watch Dogs, like the original Assassins Creed game was a well made basis of a series, and with listening to user feedback and improving all the core mechanics, I am sure the sequel would be amazing.

I very much hope that Watch Dogs 2 can pull off an Assassins Creed 2.

RedstonerMC1483d ago

assassins creed had a fairly deep, rich, and interesting storyline whereas this game sort of fell flat in that aspect.I consider the storyline and gameplay strong enough to be better than mediocre in assassins creed. However had the story been as bland as Watch_Dogs i feel as though it wouldn't have been as successful. So i don't think watchdogs will last that long unfortunately because it is a fun game to play.

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SCW19821484d ago

The difference is the world in watch dogs universe is very unappealing. I have said it before and I will say it again. Burn this franchise, cut your losses and bring the prince back.

mkis0071484d ago

I hope they dont, there is huge potential being that they identify the game is like assassins creed 1...if there is a leap like there was for 2 then it will be amazing.

Spenok1484d ago

This exactly. If they listen to fans, (which they are VERY good at doing) they can easily make Watchdogs 2 brilliant.

SSJBen1484d ago

lol @ Spenok saying Ubisoft is very good at listening to fans...

Yo, if they are so good at listening, they wouldn't be forcing the aids of PC gaming a.k.a Uplay down gamers throats.

SolidGear31484d ago

Actually I'd say that about GTA or Assassin's Creed. The worlds in both of those games bore me to tears. Watch Dogs on the other hand has serious potential. It's one of the very few open world games I'm interested in.

ape0071484d ago (Edited 1484d ago )

the world of grand theft auto bore u to death???

gta has one of absolute greatest gaming world in the history of gaming, full charm, feel, history, atmosphere and spirit

there is nothing like the world of gta in its genre, many tried to copy and many failed with uninspired generic flat cities(true crime, Driv3r, sleeping dogs, saints row etc..)

watch dogs' world is very good, actually the best non gta open world game world is history but still not on gta's level of brilliance

SolidGear31484d ago

I just have never cared for any GTA. I've played several but never been able to finish them. If it comes to open world to me, I prefer things like Fallout, Red Dead Redemption .. that maybe about it .. unless Mass Effect, L.A. Noire and Dragon Age II are considered open world. I enjoy mostly linear and cinematic games like The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls. Those kinda structures. I usually only enjoy open world games if they're RPG's and have a very interesting world.

N4GDgAPc1484d ago

I think u are wrong. Same with assassin's creed first game the world had no life. It had so much potential but the game sucked so bad. It was hard to get through the game so I could play assassin's creed 2. Man did they improve it big time. So much better. I expect watch dogs will do the same.

CaptainPunch1484d ago

I have a feeling Watch Dogs 2 will be amazing, just like Assassin's Creed II was.

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johny51484d ago (Edited 1484d ago )

I'd say Watch Dogs reception was closest to Sleeping Dogs, then Assassins Creed! Both games went through game design changes, but mostly graphical! "both were downgraded"

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