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Update (5/28/14, 8:20 p.m. Eastern): Ubisoft has provided a promising update regarding the Watch Dogs login problems.
"The authentication issue affecting our online services is almost resolved," the company said via Twitter. "Follow @UbisoftSupport for the latest info."
Update (5/28/14, 1:47 p.m. Eastern): Ubisoft has provided another update on the login problems facing Watch Dogs. The situation does seem to be improving, though.
“We have seen significant improvement in our online services, however we’re aware some users are still experiencing issues,” the company posted on the official Watch Dogs Twitter account. “Our teams are continuing to work to stabalize these and we will keep you updated on this progress.”
Update (5/27/14, 4:57 p.m. Eastern): Ubisoft has shared an update on the authentication server problems plaguing Watch Dogs.
"All the possible efforts are put into the resolution of this problem," the company said via Twitter, "We are currently monitoring the situation closely. The connection is rising and the issue still seems intermittent, the sign in system might work after several tries."
Original Story (5/27/14, 12:55 p.m. Eastern):
Watch Dogs is finally here (our review), but it seems that the game is having some problems. According to Ubisoft, users are experiencing login delays that are preventing players from getting the game.
“We are experiencing issues with the authentication services,” the company said via Twitter. “Players may experience long delays when trying to login in-game. More to come.”
We’ll update as more information is available.
[Source: Watch Dogs on Twitter]
Our TakeMMOs and online games suffer these problems all the time, but that is small consolation for those trying to use Watch Dogs' online options. Until this problem gets solved, player-to-player hacking, the ctOS Mobile app interplay, and other online experiences are not possible. With Ubisoft's lofty expectations for Watch Dogs, the silver lining is that there are a lot of people hammering the servers and trying to play.