Unlike some open world games, upcoming cyberpunk thriller Watch Dogs won't be closing off any of its city-wide map. As fugitive hacker Aiden Pearce, you'll be free to explore the whole of the game's virtual Chicago from the moment you press start.
"You can go anywhere you want. We are not restricting the player," creative director Jonathan Morin told The Average Gamer. However, while Aiden can move freely throughout the game's real world, your intera ctions with it will grow as you become more adept at hacking into the city's control systems.
"Within the free-roaming the player will have to progressively invade certain strategic points from the city OS system that's going to make it possible for him to get connected in a district," Morin explains. "It's going to grow and we call this 'monitoring grid'. It's like its own network to listen to what's going on in the city. That unlocks tons of different side activities and events that the system can detect so we can actually go and intervene into them."
So in other words, you're basically getting two open world games in one - the physical Chicago that you can roam through without restriction, and the city's cyberspace counterpart that must be conquered piece by piece in order to do more fun stuff.
Watch Dogs is out on November 22nd for PlayStation 3, PC Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 version comes along a week later, on November 29th, alongside SONY's new console.