WATCH_DOGS REBORN is a mod which focuses on making the game shine again.

The mod features reworked lighting, colorgrading, bloom, weather presets and everything else you could imagine. This mod's goal is NOT gameplay, it is mostly graphics, the mod is supposed to be used alongside Living City for maximum experience. Be sure to check the gallery which features up-to-date progress, it will be updated from time to time.


1. Extract the archive
2. Download Living City Loose Files
3. Paste the "Required Files" to the Living City folder (See the example png)
4. Run the bat file
5. Choose optional mods or don't
6. Press P
7. Your new patch can be found in patch folder
8. Paste the new patch to data_win64
9. Remove Patch1.dat/fat
10. Enjoy

Full Feature List

-New Map Icons, some of them are animated now!
-Base graphics are completely reworked, the mod was redone multiple times and this is the best attempt of it yet.
-Removed the transparency from cloud textures and now they work more like a skydome texture, however one issue is that the game is now using only one cloud preset, so there won't be any variety unlike vanilla game, but i picked the best cloud textures for best time of days, some of far cry 3 clouds make a return.
-New simplistic blood damage textures
-New Sounds:
+PX4 Focus
Cash Run Notification (14 Min Demo Sound)
Objective/Mission Start/Fail/Death sounds (2013 Sounds)
District Notification (14 Min Demo Sound, needs a bit of an edit in future version though)
New Loading Music
Some takedowns have a bit punchier sound and different baton sounds
Some of low noise sounds were fixed (Hacking Activation, Profiling sounds etc.)

Optional Mods

-Alternate Clara - More like concept arts.
-Colder Colorgrading - Like old pictures/videos of the mod.
-Tree Replacement - Replaces bunch of small trees with bigger ones.
-Reflective Phone - Phone reflects the environment like the demos.
-2013 Sweater - New wet sweater material which makes it go darker near the sleeves and neck area, becomes fully black while wet after swimming.
-Blue Water
-Map Icon (animated) for hackable npc's with high quality rewards
-Rain Light - More visible Rain Light during stormy weather


The Silver (Also other authors - Deebz__, Cobra) - Living City Mod + Relief Mapping.
IdolNinja - Original code for .bat installer.
Jon - Disrupt Editor.
Mr. Bubsy J. Wubbus - Help with coat physics, PX4 Sounds.
BrutalKAOS = E3 Haikal R.
Stellasin - PS4 Premiere Police Liveries.
Sad_Gamers - Gray Ladders + Black Buttons.
t o a s t e r - Non Pixelated Weapon Wheel icons.
AJ and Parallellines - Cover Camera DOF, Fixed 2013 Handling and Car Camera.
ThE_BloB - Walking Camera Position.
TXGT - Vehicle Lighting and Camera DOF which i edited, combined together with Silver's Profiler DOF mod.
ShevNR and Z_ - Blue Mission Notifications and Crime Notification Icon.
Mlleemiles - His part in Living City, Sprint Animations, Minimap Materials, Part of his 2013 trees, 2013 Aiden materials, Bloom, 2013 Lensflares, Blue Water, Reflective car materials.
Vosswar - His vegetation which i modified myself.
Definitive Mod Team - Original theatre sign material mod

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Is this the same mod as WATCH_DOGS REDUX? I've been looking for WATCH_DOGS REDUX, because it was deleted on Nexus. Does anyone know more?

If this is not the same mod, then i would like to know if it is compatible with Natural & Realistic Lighting for Watch_Dogs (by Vosswar)?

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No one has any info, or is this forum/mod dead?

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HeySlickThatsMe Creator

Reborn is not Redux, Redux was taken down because it contained stolen mods (they would be fine if Author asked for permission or atleast written all of the people that made the mods in the pack but ofcourse he didn't, so it was just a mod package)

No it's not compatible with Natural & Realistic Lighting because the mod already modifies lighting on it's own, so it would just overlap the files if you ever wanted it, my mod is designed to look better than N&R especially addition of clouds, colorgrading and other misc details that are still not yet implemented, i don't suggest using the mod currently unless you have old version of Living City, but i still don't suggest using it because of issues (such as random crashing during loading) which hopefully is going to be fixed in the next version which straight goes to 2.0 and is completely reworked from current release

You might say that the mod crashes because i'm "an idiot" and i made a bad merge or something but that's not the case, the case is modified materials which with current tools have issues when repacking, they work fine once the game loads but the loading itself struggles sometimes and can even crash your PC because it's using a lot of memory, so technically it's not my fault of the said crash but i might have found a work around which will hopefully work

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Wow, that's a lot of info. Thank you for responding!

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Hi HeySlickThatsMe,

Thank you for the incredible amount of work that you and the community have put into this game, and for sharing your creations with us.

It's been a great experience playing the game again after so many years, and it's helped take my mind off this stressful and uncertain time in the world. After trying out various graphics mods, I ended up really liking the look of TXGT's E3 Lite Mod v2.2.

I was wondering if you would know anything about this graphical issue that I came across, which appears even in the base game. While playing mini games at night, such as Poker or the Shell Game, a black translucent circle always appears, obstructing the camera. It seems to consistently happen whenever the streetlights are on at night.

Here are some screenshots for reference (All with E3 Lite Mod v2.2):
Image #1 (Poker Inside): I.postimg.cc
Image #2 (Poker Security Camera): I.postimg.cc
Image #3 (Poker Outside): I.postimg.cc
Image #4 (Shell Game): I.postimg.cc

In any case, thank you for your time. Looking forward to Watch_Dogs Reborn!

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HeySlickThatsMe Creator

I don't know anything about that issue

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hey what's the progress on this mod??

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As you can see, new screencaps has been posted on 5th May 2020 so it's still under development. Meanwhile, you can play with recently released mod called "WATCH_DOGS REDUX" you can find on nexusmods.

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Any update on the mod's progress? Is there a chance that it will release this year?

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