The Watch Dogs game centers around the theme of information warfare, exploring the intricate web of interconnected data and technology that powers the modern world. The game is set in an alternate reality version of Chicago, Illinois, where the city is controlled by a supercomputer called “CtOS” (Central Operating System). This system has access to almost every piece of technology in the city, as well as detailed information on its residents and activities, which can be utilized for various purposes.
According to the game’s lore, the development of CtOS was prompted by a hacker who caused the Northeast blackout of 2003. Players follow the story of Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled hacker who employs both his fists and his wits to navigate the complex world of information warfare. In the E3 2012 gameplay demo, Pearce attempts to assassinate Joseph DeMarco, a media mogul who had been wrongly acquitted on charges of murder.
In the E3 2013 demonstration, Pearce aids T-Bone, a fellow hacker who is trying to steal a motherboard. The game offers players the chance to explore a world in which technology has evolved to the point where it controls almost every aspect of society, raising important questions about who truly controls the computers that we depend on. As players navigate this intricate web of data and technology, they must use their skills and wits to outmaneuver their adversaries and stay one step ahead of the game.