The promo posters of a new Bollywood movie entitled 18.11 A Code of Secrecy look to have drawn much inspiration from Ubisoft's massively successful Watch Dogs.
Bollywood has been known to take inspiration from various sources for the movies that they create, sometimes even drawing criticism for a lack of originality. The sources of inspiration are often Hollywood movies, but video games have also been used in the past. Examples of such instances were the Ek Tha Tigher promo posters which resembled Naughty Dog's Uncharted 3 and Velayutham which was a Tamil reimagining of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed.
However, in both mentioned instances, they came along after the video games had already become popular. For 18.11, the inspired promo posters were released just days after Watch Dogs was released to the public on May 27.
Promotional posters of 18.11 show the movie's protagonist in an outfit very similar to that of Aiden Pierce, the lead character of Watch Dogs, with a black trench coat and cap on and holding a gun and a phone in either hand.
The trailer for 18.11 reveals a movie that doesn't resemble the video game much though. Watch Dogs focuses on a character that aims to stay out of the eyes of the public and surveillance, hacking his way around an open-world environment where gamers can freely explore. 18.11, on the other hand, is about a character that uses technology to stop terrorists from carrying out their plans. The trailer uses the hacking graphics found in Watch Dogs, but it seems that the film focuses more on explosions and heroic jumping.
The only reference that 18.11's trailer makes that could connect it to the concept of Watch Dogs is a reference to "extraordinary software," which evokes the video game's hacking theme.
Watch Dogs launched for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, with the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game having the most content. A version for the Wii U is also in the works.
The release date of the video game was previously delayed as the developers needed extra time to match the expectations for Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs bears similarities to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series, but it has its own unique identity as a video game. It takes place in a highly realistic and detailed digital version of the city of Chicago, several years into the future where hacking is prevalent.
Early reviews on Watch Dogs say that the game is very fun to play, though the story could have some improvements.