Watch Dogs

Chicago's overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city's technology and information - including key data on all of the city's residents.



Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.

Chicago's overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city's technology and information - including key data on all of the city's residents.

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You'll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy... and more.


Aiden Pearce

You are Aiden Pearce, a man shaped by violence and obsessed with surveillance, who monitors his family 24/7 in secret to protect them from something that happened in the past. Unfortunately, his family will get endangered once again.

Pushed to his limits, he will take justice into his own hands and confront a corrupt system using every weapon available to him. Aiden will become a modern Vigilante Hero – not a hero from the 70's with a cape, but a real human being that will deal with all the repercussions of his actions.


The ctOS is an efficient system linking all the city's infrastructure and public security installations to one centralized hub. This system focuses on traffic efficiency, eco-development, tele-communications, and crime control throughout Chicago. It has brought notable benefits to citizens, including shorter commutes, lowered crime rates, a cleaner city, and much more.





Watch_Dogs takes place in a contemporary Chicago that's been enhanced and transformed by the ctOS. In this version of Chicago, everything is connected. Banks, security systems, communication hubs, and even the city's basic infrastructure operate via the this connected network. The ctOS provides a new take on one of the world's great cities, and it's this omniscient setting that serves as the backdrop for Aiden's story.

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. 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.


Watch Dogs was first revealed at the 2012 E3 conference – now after nearly 2 years of waiting, the day has finally come; Watch Dogs has now hits shelves! If you need any more reasons to get excited, check out our launch trailer:





The Watch Dogs Digital Shadow website is an eye-opening experience that allows Facebook users to explore their digital life through the lens of a hacker, and get a glimpse of ways in which they could potentially be targeted based on real user data that could be publicly available on their Facebook profile. And, with over 1 million Digital Shadows created to date, Watch Dogs fans are aware of the data that they make public, Facebook friends could be seen as "liabilities", geo-location data can be surfaced, and a host of additional hacker-relevant information. The Digital Shadow app is now live in the following countries:






-United Kingdom











-New Zealand



With the May 27th release of Watch Dogs coming up fast, we want to take a second to go over an important topic we’ve had many requests on: the installation of Watch Dogs on an Xbox 360’s internal hard drive.

In order for Watch dogs to provide the best possible experience on your Xbox 360, the game will have installation requirements. To install the game, take the following steps:

1. Insert Disc 1 into your Xbox 360.

2. When prompted, select your preferred save device (USB devices must be formatted for the Xbox 360, see below).

3. Allow the game to fully install. Please do not remove your device.

4. Insert Disc 2 into your Xbox 360 when prompted. After the game has completely been installed from Disc 1, the game can be run from Disc 2 at any time.

If your Xbox 360 does not have enough internal hard drive space to install Watch Dogs, you can install the game to an external hard drive or USB device. Follow the following instructions to correctly format and use a USB device on your Xbox 360:

Lastly, you must completely install the information from Disc 1 before attempting to run the game from Disc 2, as we cannot guarantee optimal performance of the game otherwise.

We hope this is helpful for those of you who want to install Watch Dogs directly to your Xbox 360’s internal hard drive, an external hard drive, or a USB device.


Few names are as recognizable in the entertainment art world as legendary comic artists Alex Ross. His timeless and iconic style permeates comic culture and his career has spanned decades.

Today, Watch Dogs paired up with Ross to create a set of brand new, unique images of the major players in Watch Dogs story! The art features Ross depicting Aiden, T-bone, Clara, and more in his iconic and unique style.

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Chicago's overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city's technology and information - including key data on all of the city's residents.