One of the central game mechanics for Ubisoft’s upcoming Watch Dogs is the ability to break into local networks and use the data to your advantage.
Viewing players via hacked CCTV, altering traffic flows and snooping in to the contents of mobile phones are some of the techniques we have seen demonstrated in the game.
Now Ubisoft have launched WeAreData, a website that shows just how close we are to the world of the Watch Dogs.
“With WeAreData, visitors will discover that much of the hyper-connected world imagined in Watch Dogs already is a reality, and that everything and everyone is truly connected. The amount of and potential uses for public and personal information that is readily available online has never been more relevant, as evidenced by today’s headlines.
“WeareData is designed to provide a glimpse into this reality and it give visitors a new perspective on the cities in which they live.”
The site uses 3D mapping and gathers publicly available data from transport, communication and advertising networks. Data on unemployment, power usage, traffic lights and CCTV coverage is also shown, along with geo-localized social media from Twitter and Foursquare and photos from Instagram.
At present data is only available for Paris, Berlin and London but perhaps further cities will be added closer to launch.
Click here to have a look at the site, but no hacking the cameras around Green Park to try and spot me, mmkay?