The PS4's power allowed Ubisoft to augment certain aspects of the gameWatch Dogs on the PlayStation 4 may be the same core experience as on the PlayStation 3, but Ubisoft Montreal has mentioned that it had a few areas that have been improved due to the next-gen console's power.
The AI behavior, the wind or water simulation, and other such aspects have been enhanced.
Watch Dogs is one of Ubisoft's next cross-generation games, as it will appear in November for the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U, not to mention on new consoles like the PlayStation 4 or Xbox 720.
Speaking with Sony's PS blog, Ubisoft Montreal's Jonathan Morin has confirmed that the studio has tried to keep the experience the same across platforms and generations.
"The experience is the same. We’re not removing anything from the core experience on either platform. We’re not eager to create a game for a machine. We’re making a game because we think it’s cool. When you create an idea you shouldn’t base that idea only on what’s possible or impossible to do on a machine. If you do I don’t think you’re doing the right thing," he said.
Even so, the PlayStation 4's extra power has allowed the studio to improve certain aspects of the game, from weather and water effects to the artificial intelligence.
"When PS4 showed up, there was definitely a portion of the game we could push forward – the wind simulation, the water, the realisation of certain AI behaviours. So those elements are magnified versions of the core experience in the next gen."
According to Morin, the PlayStation 4's most impressive aspect is actually Sony's philosophy, as the company wants to deliver not just a console but a whole service to consumers.
"One thing I like about the PS4 is its philosophy, which from a creative perspective is an important thing. I think the next generation of games will be more than ever at the service of the player. Players are now the ones who drive what next gen should be," he added.
They’re connected all the time. The way they live their lives are different. So we need to pay attention to how society changes to give them a form of entertainment that is a natural extrapolation of that. I think that Sony understands that."
Watch Dogs will come out at the end of the year and Ubisoft has high hopes for the open world action adventure.