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Watch Dogs' engine was originally built for a racing title

The engine that powers Watch Dogs was originally built for a racing game.

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Anthony Garreffa
Published Fri, Dec 27 2013 9:34 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

If you've seen any of the previous videos of Watch Dogs, you'll know it's one gorgeous looking game - but did you know the engine behind it was originally made for a driving game?

Watch Dogs' engine was originally built for a racing title | TweakTown.com

Ubisoft North America President, Laurent Detoc, talked with IGN, where he said: "They were working on a driving engine, working on something. We had the Driver license. This was years ago. Then we were thinking, 'no, this is not the way we want to go with a driving game,' so we canceled that and restarted. It's not like Watch Dogs started as Watch Dogs. The Watch Dogs project was initially another game."

Detoc also said that parts of the engine for the previous title, were then spun into Watch Dogs once the team reshuffled and added a new creative director to the project. The developer then began working on another driving game, so that project was cancelled. Detoc added: "What happens is that a game gets canceled, and then you take pieces of that game to make a new one. We could have had another driving engine from another team in another place, and then it would have been used by the Watch Dogs team."

NEWS SOURCE:joystiq.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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