Sony Takes Aim At Watch Dogs

Another game snapped up for screen treatment

Not content with having Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon making their way slowly through the development process, Ubisoft is planning to adapt a title about to get even wider exposure with its release on the PlayStation 4. Given the new platform, it seems only logical that Sony would pick up the rights to Watch Dogs.

The game is set in Chicago, which is driven to chaos when a hacker breaks into the city’s central operating system, steals information about its residents and sets about turning the metropolis into his own personal weapon as he creates havoc with security cameras, traffic lights, transportation and more.

"The themes and open gameplay of Watch Dogs lends itself perfectly to the big screen,” Columbia Pictures’ president of production Hannah Minghella says in a statement picked up by the Hollywood Reporter. “The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller.”

Naturally, Ubisoft will be fully involved via its Motion Pictures department, though there's no announcement on who will wrangle it to the screen. You can see a trailer for the game below.