Ubisoft have launched a Watch Dogs Hacker Hunt where fans can win a PS4 and exclusive Watch Dogs merchandise by using the ultimate surveillance tool, the Watch Dogs WeAreData website, to track down five hackers on the loose in London.
Clues to the whereabouts of the five hackers are being released on the Official Watch Dogs Facebook page, but it is possible to piece together the puzzle yourself using the Watch Dogs WeAreData platform. Hunters can track down the hackers by searching through the tweets and instagrams in the map which will typically give you a hint to where the next location is, or one of the five codes you need.
If you can find all five of the codes, you’ll be able to unlock a special website and be given the chance of winning a PlayStation 4, Watch Dogs Collector’s Editions and other great prizes.
Watch Dogs’ WeAreData platform allows users to access the real-time data that organise and help run the cities of Berlin, London and Paris, as well current information on their inhabitants. Via a 3D mapping system, users can see publicly available data including public transport schedules, telecommunications networks, energy consumption, traffic and safety infrastructure (like CCTV cameras and traffic lights) and regionalised socio-economic data. Also available are geo-localized social media activities for the cities’ residents, including their public posts on Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter.
Ubisoft have also announced the Watch Dogs H_IDE app for iOS and Android that allows users to communicate with their friends via anonymous voice messages, encrypted text messages and encrypted pictures. You can see the official trailer for the app below.
Watch Dogs is scheduled for release in North America on November 19th, and across Europe on November 22nd, 2013 for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360. An Xbox One and PS4 release will follow shortly after.