Watch Dogs pre-order bonuses announced
posted on 05.20.13 at 11:38 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Get 'em in at Amazon and GameStop.

Ubisoft has announced pre-order bonuses for Watch Dogs in North America.

As usual, bonuses vary by retailer. Here are your options:

  • Amazon: Players will receive the Signature Shot Pack, which comes with an exclusive single player mission that once completed, unlocks both a unique Biometric Assault Rifle and the Black Viceroy’s Outfit. The biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for the captain of the Black Viceroy’s gang. The weapon only works for the first person to imprint their palm on the handle. Players will need to breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to imprint the weapon and get out of The Wards alive.
  • GameStop: Players will receive a single player mission, The Palace Pack, which includes an investigation bonus and ATM hack boost. The investigation bonus will unlock exclusive investigation opportunities inside of the network and the ATM hack boost will increase cash rewards when hacking into bank accounts. In addition to the single player Palace Pack mission, players who pre-order the game will receive an exclusive poster designed by famed comic-book artist, Alex Ross – while supplies last.

Watch Dogs is due out for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC on November 19. PlayStation 4 and next-gen Xbox versions are also planned.

View high-res images of the pre-order bonuses at the gallery.

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  • PrinceHeir

    yikes Batman Origins Pre Order and now this.

    guess this trend will continue till next gen



    • $30632660

      That’s what happens when people continue to buy these games and the dlc along with it.

      They want this stuff to keep happening :) If there’s no Game of the Year Edition later on down the road with all the missing content, i don’t get the game.Vote with your wallet ;p

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah i do that :P

        i haven’t bought any Batman games, but both Arkham City and Arkham Asylum has already GOTY editions.

        i might get it, but i have too many games to finish.

        but yeah i generally dislike pre order BS, not only it harms everyone purchasing, but some of the DLC don’t even appear on the online store.

        Metal Gear Rising is the perfect example.

        tons of pre order cotumes from 3 different outles(Best Buy, Gamestop, Amazon)

        and not one has appeared at the store, not even the Gray Fox DLC(which i have), but i also want the White Armor from Best Buy(cause it looks cool, and they made a play arts kai out of it)

        fucking shame we’re getting screwed with BS practices like this

      • $18114340

        I’m wondering how effective voting with your wallet really is. If a game doesn’t sell at launch then the publishers will probably either take it as an indication that the game is bad (and can the dev studio) or that they didn’t market it aggressively enough (and come up with more bullshit DLC incentives next time). There are too many variables at work here for us to send a clear message just by voting with our wallets.

        I think people need to start sending letters, or emails, or something in large numbers, telling the publishers that pre-order DLC is idiotic and it needs to stop.

  • lorelai4cuties

    im going to buy the PS4 version coz its better

  • Elvick

    I wish preorder bonuses would just be early access things. Like “unlock x weapon early!”

    I believe one of the Ratchet and Clank games did this. Crack in Time I believe. All the preorder bonuses were just unlocking something early, that you could already get in the game.

    *sigh* Oh well. I get why they do preorder bonuses, but damn the exclusives between retailers really piss me off.

    • $18114340

      I think even doing something like that is pretty crappy. Not necessarily because it’s a free pass to content that you would otherwise have to play to unlock, but because of the idea that you have to work to unlock that content in the first place.

      I feel like any shortcut undermines the idea of an unlock system. If the idea is to reward effort or dedication then by offering it as a pre-order bonus you’re kind of saying that the effort and dedication that other players have to exert is completely useless anyway because you can just buy your way through the game if you’re early enough.

      I think any pre-order bonus that is not some sort of auxiliary, physical goodie is a bad idea. If the goal is to reward people for committing to purchasing your game early, then I feel like doing anything that gives you an in-game reward is sort of like saying to your customers, “if you don’t buy it now, you don’t count, and you get a lesser product.” And that’s a pretty crappy message to send to anybody who just can’t afford to buy your game at launch for whatever reasons that none of us are entitled to speculate.

      • Elvick

        Why? You could just not use it, and you miss out on nothing at all. Since all it was, was early access to what you’ll end up getting anyway.

        And, getting something early that you can get anyway is not saying “you don’t count you get a lesser product”. :/

        I would rather get physical stuff though. Even if it’s a sticker or something lame like that.

        • $18114340

          When talking about “lesser product” I should have elaborated: I’m speaking more to things such as “exclusive” pre-order single-player levels and such. In most cases, if the game does well enough, most pre-order bonuses that are actually game content get released as regular DLC for any fan to purchase.

          Sometimes, however, this isn’t the case. Take for example id’s Rage. If you own the PC version, the pre-order content is not available to purchase separately. This included not only exclusive pre-order weapons and a vehicle, but in-game levels. It really sucks when games do this, and it happens more often than I’m personally comfortable with. Well, I mean, it’s what we were talking about in the first place, so I probably don’t have to explain it to you.

          If we’re just talking about early access to stuff you can get anyway, I don’t mind as much, but again, I feel as if unlocking things early in a system that necessitates you unlocking things eventually anyway is kind of silly as far as an incentive to pre-order goes.

          • Elvick

            I was just referring to the “early unlock” stuff though. I think exclusive levels and stuff, especially when multiple retailers have different levels, is bullshit.

            And based on the sales of “unlock things” and the “buy coins/buy to win” DLC… I think those preorder incentives have an audience.

  • PK212

    I miss physical incentives like OSTs or artbooks. It especially bums me out that Assassins Creed IV has no physical bonuses for the US.

    • Zero

      Not yet at least. I expect them to announce a special edition here in the US for both AC IV and Watch Dogs soon.

      • PK212

        Hopefully. I would love to buy the Black Chest edition of AC IV if it would come to the US.

        • Zero

          Same here.

          • Kurisu Makise

            Echoing that sentiment but I also wanted to chime in on incentives a bit. I see the appeal for both incentives in-game and physical goodies. My concern then becomes, how can you do it tastefully without making later purchasers feel bad? There’s a lot of money and sales to be made at varying price points, with $30 being the place to pick up a lot of them after the initial buyers. Perhaps “Of the Year” editions are one answer to that or better pricing for DLC, I really don’t have the answer but I can say, I did like how The Last of Us did it for the most part. In game and physical goods felt like a good combo.

            • Zero

              I should have been more clear with my comment above. I wasn’t considering DLC when I posted it.

              I more or less agree with you in regards to DLC. I don’t typically pre-order games for the DLC. I pre-order games because I want them at launch, or they have cool physical goodies included – like a special collectors edition or something.

              To be honest, I sorta get frustrated with some of these games and all the DLC. Some of it comes out so slow, I’d rather play through all the content in one full play through.

              • Kurisu Makise

                There’s definitely a method to the madness that developers did not acquire this gen I feel. For example, I think the DLC for PlayStation All Stars should have come out faster and at a better clip. Then, in RPGs be them W or J; a slower pace of “episodic” content wouldn’t be bad. It depends on how engaged you are with the game too. If it’s a game you can just pick up again and mess around with, then releasing additional content in a timely manner will help, whereas if it’s not; then all in one play through might be better.

  • almostautumn

    Wow, this game is this close to releasing? I remember the original trailer and I thought I’d be waiting some four years for this—

    I might actually go pre-order a game for once. This game looks ridiculously slick.

  • rainelee

    That outfit looks badass.

  • artemisthemp

    Does Pre order stuff is included in the Dedsec_Edition