Stacks Of New Info On Tom Clancys The Division Emerges

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 4:17 PM
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A bucketload of new information has rolled out for The Division this afternoon, at last providing some insight into this hugely anticipated squad-based shooter.

First things first, cast aside those crazy ideas you had of this being an authentic Tom Clancy title. This is Tom Clancy by name, not by nature. The Division’s post-disaster New York looks the part, and you can get anal spending hours customising your weapon, but this is a stats-based RPG through and through. Enemies have towering health bars and can take multiple clips to bring down. A well-thrown frag grenade at a foe’s feet won’t be an insta-kill. Bosses will take concentrated fire from an entire squad. Our early thoughts that The Division is Ubisoft’s Destiny are most definitely ringing true.

That’s all great for RPG fans, but for shooter nuts the widespread consensus is that the shooting feels a bit off. Bullet sponge enemies generally mean kills aren’t very satisfying.

As for your what you’ll actually be doing in moment to moment play, well, that looks to be the familiar quest, loot, and XP gain gameplay loop perfected in Diablo and worn to death in Destiny. Missions will send you to various parts of New York, either on your own or as part of a squad. You’ll be tasked with collecting something, or wiping out an enemy threat, and then seeking an extraction chopper to make it back to base in one piece.

Then there’s the open-world New York Ubisoft has created. From early impressions it appears this representation of New York is pretty much a 1:1 recreation of Manhattan. Authenticity is the key here, and Ubisoft is matching the real deal as best it can. Once you’re actually in The Division there shouldn’t be a loading screen in sight, with seamless transitions from internal to external locations. In total there are 15 different districts which make up Manhattan, each with different level enemies and quests.

Obviously this isn’t your bog standard New York. A deadly virus transferred via banknotes has seen most of the populace meet their maker. The city is in the grip of winter post-apocalypse, with Christmas decorations serving as an eternal reminder of life before disaster struck.

As we speculated after the last trailer, you will get your very own instanced Base of Operations in The Division. This is in the vein of MGS V: The Phantom Pain’s Mother Base, and be levelled up and upgraded. New wings can be added to the building, unlocking various skills, upgrades and abilities. Lurking in your personal Base of Operations there’s also crafting stations and NPC vendors to buy and sell gear from.

The player character itself can also of course be upgraded. The current level cap is 30, with all manner of deadly toys wrapped up in the tech tree. Players can respec their characters at will while back at base, with two active slots saved for the most unique and powerful gadgets in your armoury. Likewise the weapons themselves can be fully customised with new scopes, stocks, barrels and the like.

That's all for now, but remember the closed beta for The Division rolls out later this month. You can find out all the details about that here. 

Armed with this new information, is The Division shaping up to be the game you wanted to be? Or could Ubisoft have a stinker on its hands?

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08:35 Jan-17-2016

Compared To The Original E3 Demo.? This Game's A Joke!! The Graphics Have Been 70% Downgraded.....Ubisoft Is Officially A Failure!!!!

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09:27 Jan-17-2016

I have only seen Xbox demon and there´s the graphic downgraded but that was expected, the most interesting part will be to see the PC version

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18:11 Jan-19-2016

E3 was PC, current ones are consoles. I believe it.

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09:48 Jan-16-2016

online? team up with other players? seriously i was looking forward to this game but if its an ONLINE team based game then for sure i will not buy it

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10:24 Jan-16-2016

The game is permanently online however team play is optional, you can just go it alone if that's what you prefer :)

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13:12 Jan-16-2016

I think it´s abit early to shoot down this game since no one has played it yet. Sure I was expecting a different approach for this game aswell but I will def buy it and give it a go :)

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19:34 Jan-16-2016

yeah mate but i hate games that even try to connect to the net and i do not like it thats why i usually crack them... i was looking for this game tbh i wanted an RPG Shooter and not just a common FPS

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07:33 Jan-16-2016

I was really looking forward to this game too, but then they decided to go the Destiny route and make it online only! one less sale for this game then.

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04:05 Jan-16-2016

damn... stalker was nice wasnt it? i hope in the future someone makes a new s.t.a.l.k.e.r game...

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13:24 Jan-16-2016

Escape from Tarkov is a similar game to this being developed by devs who worked on the Stalker franchise :) Look it up.

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22:54 Jan-15-2016

All I ask is don't force me to team up with people to start or finish a quest.

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22:50 Jan-16-2016

I don't think you will. The devs say you can play through the whole game solo if you'd prefer or team up with other people if you'd like but it's all up to you how you want to play the game.

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20:25 Jan-15-2016

Well, to be honest, i expected something else. Game does look fun and interesting. It looks like it has some Gears of War mechanics with Borderlands shooting, and to be honest, i was never into Borderlands, i always hated games with sponge enemies that take 1-2 full clips to take down. Unless something changes here, i think ill pass on this. It is a little disappointing, waited for so long.

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22:21 Jan-15-2016

waiting should be never the issue unless you are already retired. :|

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19:57 Jan-15-2016

Well I have to say the complete opposite :) I am now liking it more :)

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18:27 Jan-15-2016

I'm beginning to wonder if this game is what I was hoping for or not... i guess I'll find out.

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18:07 Jan-15-2016

Wait, what? "Enemies can take multiple clips to bring down", say that again?
Well Ubisoft, you shure know how to f*ck up a game good! When I first saw this game I thought it would be awsome, now I think it's the next "Watchdogs". So much potential, so little to see!

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19:12 Jan-15-2016

The game is very much a loot based rpg. If all enemies even the bosses would be killed by two shots to the head it wouldn't be a very hard game. This way they can make the bosses with better loot a lot harder to kill.

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02:05 Jan-16-2016

Agreed. Also an "RPG" which is why it will take multiple clips to take down an enemy. I don't mind it. There just trying to stick to an MMO type of feeling to this game.

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20:27 Jan-15-2016

Yeah. They are taking the classic RPG style sponges for enemies. Not my type of game, i was never into wasting 2-3 full clips onto one enemy, i guess ill pass on this one.

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17:04 Jan-15-2016

I was hoping for some kind of respectable single player campaign. Turns out Ubisoft won't get my money then.

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16:29 Jan-15-2016

Well that's disappointing. I was hoping for realism.

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16:37 Jan-15-2016

I don't know, I mean it was already pretty obvious from the start, even the trailers that this game is more of an RPG type, and not exactly realism.

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20:29 Jan-15-2016

Yep, but they went with too much of a sponge style shooter. In the first trailer they shower before enemies were spongy, but not this much. Wasting 1 or 2 full clips to down an enemy is boring.

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22:30 Jan-15-2016

Escape from Tarkov for realism

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22:55 Jan-15-2016

I saw the early trailers and thought," Well, the healing could be explained via micro-machines." But no, it's just that they don't care about realism. That's fine, but what they are trying to make is something I don't find interesting.

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