Earlier this week a bit of a furore occurred after PC modders found graphical files hidden in the Watch Dogs installation file indicating that the game’s visuals had been downgraded since the E3 2012 demo.
Ubisoft has now responded, rubbishing claims that the PC version of Watch Dogs was purposefully downgraded to bring it into line with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, asserting that the development team is totally committed to getting the most out of each platform…
A statement release on the official Watch Dogs said that the “the notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we've set out to achieve.” Ubisoft claim they aim for the highest possible quality on all platforms, and while “the PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings,” these were deactivated in order to improve the overall gameplay quality, system stability, and performance.
Ubisoft go on to say that while they appreciate the passion of the modding community, the mod in questions enhances Watch Dogs visual fidelity, but “also can have various negative impacts.” While you’d think these performance issues could be solved by throwing a powerful enough rig at it, the Watch Dogs team claim there can be unexpected performance issues and “difficulty in reading the environment in order to appreciate the gameplay.”
The mod most definitely makes Watch Dogs a prettier experience, while most reports seem to indicate there aren’t too many performance issues. Do you believe Ubisoft’s claims that the graphics were downgraded for system stability? Would you have preferred an option to try it out for yourself? Let us know below!