Good news: despite being a game all about the power afforded individuals in an always-online interconnected society, Ubisoft have announced that Watch Dogs will not require a constant connection to the interweb. Looks like they’ve taken some tips from the response to SimCity and Assassin’s Creed 2’s intrusive always-online DRM.
Also, if you feel that the Steam Summer Sale has left you with an abundance of cash then you may be happy to know that the Watch Dogs Limited Edition will set you back $130. It does come with some nice gubbins, along with the new figurine and soundtrack.
According to Ubisoft’s announcement, the contents of the Limited Edition are:
A collectible SteelBook case featuring art from DedSec
The official soundtrack, including the original score from composer Brian Reitzell (Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring,Hannibal)
An 80-page hardcover art book
Aiden Pearce’s mask
A 9-inch statue of Aiden in action
The option which stands out for me is that mask. Usually any clothes that come in a collector’s edition are decked to the nines in over the top logos which shout “This is a promotional item”. The Watch Dogs’ mask is much more subtle than all that. Plus, it’s not so much a mask as a buff, one of those neat little fabric tubes you can cover your mouth and nose with when cycling in the cold.
Ubisoft confirmed the lack of always-online DRM via Twitter:
A: There is no online requirement. You can play Watch Dogs without an Internet connection_
— Watch Dogs (@watchdogsgame) July 21, 2013