Ubisoft announced the launch of Watch Dogs’ WeareData, an experiential website designed to gather and graph the publicly available data that govern people’s lives in a single location.
In Watch Dogs, the highly anticipated open world action game from Ubisoft, the fictionalized city of Chicago is run by a Central Operating System, linking all of the city’s online infrastructures and public security installations to one centralized hub. Information is at the heart of the game and also at the heart of WeareData.
With WeareData, visitors will discover that much of the hyper-connected world imagined in Watch Dogs already is a reality, and that everything and everyone is truly connected. The amount of and potential uses for public and personal information that is readily available online has never been more relevant, as evidenced by today’s headlines. WeareData is designed to provide a glimpse into this reality and to give visitors a new perspective on the cities in which they live.
Watch Dogs’ WeareData allows users to access the real-time data that organize and help run the cities of Berlin, London and Paris, as well current information on their inhabitants. Via a 3D mapping system, the consolidated, openly available information that can be easily viewed includes public transport schedules (such as subways and public bicycles), telecommunications networks (including mobile antennas, WiFi spots and advertising networks), energy consumption, traffic and safety infrastructure (like CCTV cameras and traffic lights) and regionalized socioeconomic data (such as average net income, unemployment rate and crime rate). Also available are geo-localized social media activities for the cities’ residents, including their public posts on Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter.
To discover the website please visit: http://wearedata.watchdogs.com/ via any Internet browser, even on smartphones and tablets.Watch Dogs will hit store shelves on November 22 on PlayStation3, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U system from Nintendo and Windows PC, and will be available around launch on PlayStation4 and Xbox One.
Our thoughts: This is a very cool concept, but also a very scary one. Like in the game, Everything is Connected and this concept scares me. With all of the NSA and PRISM stuff that’s going on, do you guys think this marketing strategy used by Ubisoft is cool or what? I know we are always under control from our governments and this, WeareData gives us a clear view of what, let’s call it like they call it on Person of Interest, THE MACHINE sees! So it’s beautiful and at the same time very creepy and scary. But enough with this Big Brother chitchat, will pick up Watch Dogs when it releases on November 22th and for what platform?