Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs feature film

Game publisher collaborating with Sony Pictures on movie adaptation

Ubisoft has announced that its film division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is collaborating with Sony Pictures and New Regency on the development of a Watch Dogs feature film.

The announcement was made during Sony's Gamescom 2013 press conference, where Ubisoft also showcased PS4 exclusive Watch Dogs gameplay.

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New Regency is also attached to produce the Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender, and the planned Splinter Cell movie featuring Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy.

The Watch Dogs story centers on Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker who takes control of Chicago's Central Operating System (ctOS), which controls the city's infrastructure, in order to inflict revenge following a family tragedy.

Jean-Julien Baronnet, Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO said of the news: "Since both Sony and Ubisoft have movie and video game branches, this deal creates exceptional opportunities for us to merge the realms of the story-based cinematic experience with the interaction of the video game.

"In addition, Sony Pictures and New Regency have deep production expertise and are letting us maintain a strong creative voice in the film's development. Together, we're confident we can deliver a movie that builds upon the excitement that the gameis already generating."

Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures added: "The themes and open gameplay of 'Watch Dogs' lends itself perfectly to the big screen. 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.

"It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft's internal creative team on the development of the project."

Ubisoft has confirmed a Watch Dogs release date of November 19 in North America and November 22 in Europe for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, and "at launch" on PS4.