Watch Dogs’ multiplayer is a futuristic cat-and-mouse game

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Watch Dogs

One of the big trends of the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show last week was a bunch of games that looked like single-player titles that actually feature multiplayer action. At the end of the trailer or demo for The Crew and The Division — “the” games were also big — the camera would pan out to reveal a world map populated with dozens of other real players.

That’s Watch Dogs’ shtick. The upcoming Ubisoft open-world hacking title started that trend back in 2012 during its E3 debut. Now, a new video is giving us a closer look at how that multiplayer will work:

The action-adventure title is due out Nov. 19 for PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The publisher also plans to release Watch Dogs this fall on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Watch Dogs’ multiplayer looks like an NSA-inspired game of cat and mouse. Any player can invade another’s world to steal their data. The hacking player must hide while the hackee must track down and stop him.

The footage suggests Watch Dogs could make for some interesting gameplay moments as gamers try to hide and evade one another while also getting close enough to hack.