Multiplayer in Watch Dogs is a bit like multiplayer in Dark Souls.
Other players can hack and install a virus to your in-game smartphone at any time. When this happens, you’ll be alerted with an on-screen message and virus installation percentage. As it increases, you must use your smartphone’s Profiler app to find the hacker.
Hackers appear in your game as regular NPCs. Though the person playing the hacker is actually Aiden Pearce in their game. With the Profile app, you’ll be able scan areas to pinpoint the hacker’s location. For a wider scanning range, you could hack a camera, too.
When you’ve located the hacker, you’ll need to take him out to stop the virus installation. Ubisoft hasn’t exactly detailed what this virus will do, if installed. But a virus is a virus!
Multiplayer can be completely switched off, if players would rather not deal with hackers. If enabled, it will automatically disable itself during missions.
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