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Security firm ensuring Watch Dogs hacking is believable

"Sometimes they say, 'Yeah, that's possible, but change that word'" - Watch Dogs' Dominic Guay explains how the game's hacking goes through a security firm to make sure it's fairly realistic.
"Sometimes they say, 'Yeah, that's possible, but change that word,' or, 'That's not the way it works.'"
- Dominic Guay, senior producer on Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, explains how the studio is conferring with a security firm to make sure all the hacking in the game is believable. The open world action game is due for release later this year, and follows a protagonist who can hack into electronic systems via his smartphone to obtain personal and confidential information, or control machines and computers. Ubisoft wanted to make sure that everything the player was able to do was possible in real-life -- or as close to real-life as possible -- and so decided to bring an internet security firm on board. "We're working with Kaspersky Lab, a big security firm," Guay noted during a San Francisco press event, and as reported by Joystiq. "They have really hardcore experts there on hacking. We send them some of our designs and we ask them feedback on it, and it's interesting to see what gets back." Guay says that by talking to a security firm, he hopes that any potential sexed-up "Hollywood hacking" will be reduced, in favor of more lifelike situations.

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