Watch Dogs trailer triggers 'downgrade' debate

New gameplay footage compares unfavourably to 2012's video reveal

A recent video showing PS4 gameplay footage of Watch Dogs has resulted in numerous gamers accusing Ubisoft of "downgrading" the game's visuals.

A comparison video uploaded by YouTuber Jason Knothe places the more recent console footage side-by-side with clips from the original gameplay demonstration shown by Ubisoft at E3 2012. The video also compares cut-scenes from a new Watch Dogs trailer with similar scenes from early videos released by Ubisoft.

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The comparison video has led some members of the gaming community to accuse Ubisoft of using target renders in 2012 and passing them off as genuine gameplay on-stage at E3.

A thread on NeoGAF entitled 'Publishers should stop bullsh*tting us with target renders' singles out a comment made by Watch Dogs director Jonathan Morin in 2013, in which he stated that the game had not been downgraded.

"There's no scale down in quality, especially the next-gen versions," Morin told Videogamer last September. "It's pretty much the opposite. What we showed at E3 2012 in a lot of respects was less good. I think it's in the details. So no, there's no scale down."

The open-world game was originally scheduled for release in November, but it was delayed due to quality concerns. The revised Watch Dogs release date is now May 27 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, with the Wii U version set to "release at a later date".