Tuesday, May 20 2014 20:22

Get Ready for WATCH DOGS... most-anticipated game of the year? What you need to know...

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On May 27th, Ubisoft will unleash WATCH DOGS, the most pre-ordered new game in their history, and the most pre-ordered new IP in the entire gaming industry this far for 2014. While I haven't played it yet, WATCH DOGS (Pre-Order: Amazon | Gamestop) is a game that holds special interest for me - it's setting being Chicago, the general home base for all Rock Father Operations. This open-world adventure looks fantastic, and offers gameplay on a level that I don't believe has been seen before - where the multiplayer world can hack into your single player game, and everyone and everything is connected. Check out a couple of looks at the game below, along with all the details on the recently-announced partnerships for exclusive, real-world WATCH DOGS goods...

210009b1WATCH DOGS - Synopsis

In Watch Dogs, players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy.  Now on the hunt for those who hurt his family, players will be able to monitor and hack their enemies by manipulating everything connected to the city’s Central Operating System (ctOS).  ctOS controls almost every piece of the city’s technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents. Players will access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate targets, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop enemies, and more. Watch Dogs lets the player use Chicago as their ultimate weapon and exact their own style of revenge.

WATCH DOGS 101 - A 9-minute breakdown of what you need to know:
The Exclusive Gear:

803983bASTRO Gaming will offer exclusive WATCH DOGS Speaker Tag sets for both the ASTRO A30 and A40 headsets featuring art from the game, available for $19.99-$24.99 online. GameStop and Amazon will also feature an additional exclusive Watch Dogs A40 Speaker Tag set, available on their websites.

101082bBioWorld, a leading design and distribution company of licensed and private label apparel, headwear, and accessories, will feature multiple styles of WATCH DOGS inspired fashion t-shirts at specialty retailers in the U.S. like Hot Topic and GameStop

Frank & Oak, leading menswear brand and e-tailer, will offer the WATCH DOGS Capsule Collection exclusively at frankandoak.com and at the Frank&Oak Atelier. Taking cues from the Watch Dogs universe, the 14-piece capsule collection bears a dark and mysterious near-future aesthetic with items such as distressed v-neck pocket tee, printed denim shirts, waffle Henley, black canvas pant and more ranging in price from $32 to $115.

vigilantecoatmusterbrand's durable line of street wear recreates the spirit of WATCH DOGS in style, texture and detail with apparel and accessories including coat, sweater, cap, scarf, messenger back, heavy duty bag and iPad sleeve ranging in price from $24.99 to $199 available online at musterbrand.com/collections/watch-dogs

831803bPrima will be offering both standard (Amazon | Gamestop) and collector’s edition (Amazon | Gamestop)  strategy guides for WATCH DOGS. The Collector’s edition will include a limited edition hardcover, featuring unique cover art designed exclusively for the guide with over 30 pages of character lore and behind-the-scenes details. It will also include a free mobile version of the strategy guide, formatted for use from any web-enabled device. The digital guide adds enhanced features including strategy video and alternate tactics.

Both editions will be available at retailers mass market and video game outlets.

159f watch dogs laynardsThinkGeek will be offering Watch Dogs t-shirts and accessories including pin sets, iPhone cases, lanyards, wristbands and wallet, which will be available in the U.S. only  at ThinkGeek.com with shirts ranging in price from $6.99 to $21.99.

831842bThe Art of WATCH DOGS (Amazon | Gamestop) launches on May 27 from Titan Books and is available from all good bookstores and online retailers. The book showcases the remarkable and innovative creative work behind the stunning new game. Beautifully designed with gorgeous concept art and lavish illustrations, this title showcases the developer’s vision of building an incredible living, breathing and “hack-able” cityscape.

Additionally, two WATCH DOGS posters featuring Aiden Pearce are available for $6.99 each at all GameStop locations in the U.S.

WATCH DOGS will be released worldwide on May 27 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Stay connected to WATCH DOGS on their official website, Facebook and Twitter.
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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