Ubisoft may not be ready to show us all of Watch Dogs until November – but in order to hold us over, the game company is letting fans get a taste of some Watch Dogs-style hacking.
The French game publisher and developer has recently released an encryption app called H_ide as part of the promotion for the game promised to be chock full of stealthy hacking and information warfare. The free app, which is available for iOS and Android, lets users send anonymous voice messages, encrypt text messages and pictures, share encrypted information via social networks and use voice modulator filters. Only other app users can decode the encrypted messages. Basically it makes it just a little more difficult to chat with your friends, and just a little bit easier for you to be incognito and slightly creepy. Fun.
The app comes after a similar interactive platform back in July when Ubisoft launched “We Are Data,” a website that drew from public data in London, Paris and Berlin that let you explore a veritable gold mine of information via a Jason Bourne-esqu, futuristic, pseudo-official looking website.
All in all, the campaign is an interesting move considering recent revelations about the NSA and the internet-popular topic, PRISM. Although we’d be foolish to think a simple encryption offered by a gaming company could conceivably protect us from that. Fun thought though.
Check out the promo video for an idea of how H_ide works below.
Source: Creativity Online