Watch Dogs Patch Due Soon, Brings Performance Fixes

This was a driver problem, to be fair.

If we’re going to talk about modders – and yes, I’m calling it a mod – releasing Watch_Dogs tweaks, then it seems only fair to mention when Ubisoft plan to do the same. As outlined in a post on the Watch_Dogs forum, a set of fixes and tweaks should arrive on PC in the next few days, bringing improvements to performance and control problems.

The list of fixes is a little vague, but includes “graphical glitches on Low & Medium settings” and “Implemented several performance improvements.” Whether that’ll fix the stuttering issues multiple users have been experiencing, I don’t know, but one must hope.

More interesting if you had some design issues with Watch_Dogs, like I did, are the supposed implementation of “a few control improvements”. Will that mean that the game will do a better job of targeting your hacks, movements between cover, or weapon handling when using a mouse or keyboard?

In any case, it’s good to know Ubisoft are polishing up some of the rougher edges, even it’s never going to clear my more fundamental problems with the game. Here’s the full list of PC fixes:

• Fixed graphical glitches on Low & Medium settings.
• Fixed some crashes on SLI configurations.
• Implemented several performance improvements.
• Implemented a few control improvements.
• Fixed issues causing infinite messaging and timing-out when trying to access the Online Shop from the Extras Menu while Uplay is set to Offline mode.
• Fixed issues connecting to a Multiplayer game.
• Implemented several mouse modifications.
• Fixed “Drinking Game” control issue where wrong information was displayed when played with a gamepad.
• Fixed “Chess Game” control issue.
• Fixed bug where the invasion setting was never saved.
• Fixed graphical issues during cut scenes and cinematics.
• Fixed several graphical and texture bugs.
• Removed Vista OS check to prevent false positives.
• Added game version in main menu.

Check out the complete list here. Once it’s launched, uPlay should download it automatically.


  1. Keyrock says:

    This article is alarmingly devoid of puns. Graham, I am disappoint.

    Let me help you out:

    Watch_Dogs set to get flea bath
    Watch_Dogs set to shed bugs, hopefully not fur

    • TechnicalBen says:

      Fixed bug where spaces replaced by underscores. [ed] Nice catch there from Dom in testing

  2. Enzo says:

    The patch is already out and it doesn’t change the performance at all. Great.

  3. PopeRatzo says:

    Yeah, no. The game had a good idea, but was pretty much a rip-off. And not because of its glitches.

    There were some moments where you could see what it might have been, which would have been magnificent, but then it just falls apart.

    Here we are in summer, the time for the big, blockbuster open-world game, and there are just no new big, blockbuster open-world games out right now.

    I don’t get it. The kids are out of school, and this would be the time you’d think the big games would come out, not in Q4 when there’s school.

    I keep dreaming I’ll wake up to Saints Row V or NFS: Rivals 2, or GTA V for PC.

    • Shadow says:

      GTA V is in fact coming out for PC soon. I think this Autumn.

      So there you go.

  4. Triggerhappy says:


  5. RedViv says:

    Iconic Patch #1, surely.

  6. Veritas says:

    So I’ve seen a lot of unsatisfied people with Watch_Dogs aka Rip_Off. Still, they bought the game and they play from time to time even tho they don’t like it. Why? It’s like with BF4 or with a lot (really – lot) of titles nowadays – people are saying “it’s bad/awful/rip off/blasphemy/etc. but still they don’t do anything about it. What can you do? Just demand a refund and in the future don’t buy those awful-awful-awful games! Those corpo-bastards don’t care about anything else but numbers. You can scream, cry and roll over the floor doing all those things simultaneously, but it won’t change anything. It’s all about the numbers. When numbers are dropping they see that their pockets are becoming thinner and that’s the moment they are starting to wonder and search for reasons. That’s the moment they are starting to negotiate and maybe, just maybe, care about satisfying their customers.
    Really, there should be some sort of campaign in the subject.

    • mnerec says:

      No, that’s the moment they start blaming piracy. Resistance is futile.

  7. Tei says:

    The game is not bad at all. People, dont get trapped in confirmation bias land.

    • Harlander says:

      It’s got its flaws (much has been made of its boring protagonist and the symptoms of Ubisoft Mission Scripting Syndrome) but I had a decent amount of fun with Regard_Hounds’ actual gameplay (even if I never actually managed to get to try the team multiplayer bit).

      I also seem to have really lucked out with regard to performance compared to what a lot of people were seeing.

  8. eagle1980 says:

    I am sorry but you cant call it a MOD at no point does it create new files and introduce them into the game. It merely alters a configuration file to implement settings that where buried. It is not and never has been a MOD. This artical even sounds like it has been written by an employee of Ubisoft and it defiantly does not in the slightest seem impartial.

    • Haplo says:

      Mods don’t need to create new files. Lots of popular mods exist that do nothing but tweak existing ones.

      • Harlander says:

        Editing a config file doesn’t feel very moddy to me, but I couldn’t put my finger on any kind of formal definition for it.

    • Niko says:

      Isn’t “mod” short for “modification”? Modification doesn’t suggest creating something entirely new.