Neoseeker : News : Watch Dogs E3 2012/2013 graphics effects discovered in game files, reintroduced via mods
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Alanar Jun 16, 14
Wow. Just...wow. I still can't believe they would disable BETTER graphics options. Just admit that PCs can handle more. It doesn't mean you can't release it on console at a slightly less appealing level of aesthetics.
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harbin Jun 16, 14
If they were there and that, then why exactly were they taken out? Did they discover in game performance/stability issues, or something? Because otherwise it'll just be another misleading game trailer. If they wanted to truly enter a next-gen open world game, they could've just released it as is instead of downgrading it, especially for the PC where that should've been done through user settings (naturally a high end PC would've ran all those effects).

TBH that sounds exactly like something you'd expect EA to do.
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bluexy Jun 16, 14
All of these screenshots, by the way, are taken from Watch Dogs with the mod upgrade installed.
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luckyguess Jun 16, 14
This is something that really needs to be addressed by the gaming community. This is frustrating. Quality is suffering due to greed and industry politics. *bleep* cross platform parity...

It's because console makers know that if visuals are significantly better for any given game when played on a high-end PC, it would entice more people to invest in a high-end PC and detract from the console makers consumer base. Thus, I'd imagine there is a lot of pressure on game developers to tone down the PC version.

This trend will continue unless we start refusing to accept it. Unfortunately, there isn't much unity amongst gamers across platforms so this will probably keep happening.
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Alanar Jun 16, 14
I think consoles should have enough exclusives to make them appealing to consumers, rather than the publishers resorting to tactics like these.
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Darknet Jun 16, 14
Here is a stinger: the files are labeled "E3 rain effects"
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Tommy Vercetti Jun 16, 14
Wonder what Ubisoft will say about this.
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YNH Jun 16, 14
>Note game modifications are not supported by the developer and may have unexpected ramifications on the overall experience.

Like an unexpected better gaming experience?
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ashantiqua Jun 16, 14
Kudos to the modder and all fellow graphics whores working with the findings.

Its always fun tweaking .ini's or forcing smaa or whatever, but to find, as someone pointed out, "e3 effects" which are clearly superior... For shame.
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