Recently, a modder discovered hidden files within Ubisoft’s recently released title Watch Dogs. The files caused the game to look a lot better than what it did upon release. And now, Ubisoft themselves are explaining why they hid these files in the first place.

When Ubisoft first showed footage from Watch Dogs at E3 last year, everyone was really impressed with the really wonderful graphics. But when the game was released, the game did not look as beautiful as it did when it was first shown. But, a modder discovered some hidden files within the game that made it look rather similar to what it did at E3, this caused a lot of people to show their anger against Ubisoft for “downgrading” the game. Now, the publisher/developer has posted a message to the community on their official website.

“The dev team is completely dedicated to getting the most out of each platform, so the notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we’ve set out to achieve. We test and optimize our games for each platform on which they’re released, striving for the best possible quality. The PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality. Modders are usually creative and passionate players, and while we appreciate their enthusiasm, the mod in question (which uses those old settings) subjectively enhances the game’s visual fidelity in certain situations but also can have various negative impacts. Those could range from performance issues, to difficulty in reading the environment in order to appreciate the gameplay, to potentially making the game less enjoyable or even unstable.

Thanks for playing Watch Dogs and stay safe on the mean streets of Chicago.

-The Watch Dogs Team”

Down below, you’ll find a video of how the game looks with the SweetFX mod.