Details of The Division emerge

News Aaron Birch 29 Jun 2013 - 08:55

A Ubisoft Q&A session has shed some light on the impressive-looking MMORPG, The Division...

Ubisoft's reveal of The Division was one of the biggest surprises at this years E3. Billed as an open world RPG based in a Tom Clancy universe that sees New York devastated by a man-made virus, the tactical online shooter was one of the best showings.

The E3 trailer showed a team of real players co-operatively clear an enemy-controlled police station, before coming face-to-face with another squad of players, presumably for some PvP action. The demo also showed drop-in, drop-out co-op play, and a level of attention to detail rarely seen in MMO titles.

Few other details were provided at the time, but now, thanks to a Q&A with senior community developer, Antoine Emond on Ubisoft's official blog, some more information has been released.

As depicted in the demo, the game will feature a full, open world where players can not only jump in to help others at any time, but you can also engage in some player versus player combat.

“The Division is an online, open world RPG experience where exploration, objectives and player progression are all essential. You can team up with a group of friends in co-op and jump in and jump out at any time. In certain areas, you can also seamlessly engage in PvP and experience suspenseful scenarios where danger can come from anywhere and anyone,” Emond said, responding to a question on the game's online aspect.

Elaborating on the PvP, he said, “Player vs. Player combat will play a very big role in our game. The choices you make as a Division agent can either spur a recovery or plunge the city further into chaos. The people you meet in certain areas of the game can either be your best friends or your worst enemies. So you’ll constantly be making decisions that will impact the world around you.“

It was also confirmed that the game will allow users to create their own unique characters, utilising “thousands of weapon types, skill combinations, gear and much more.” Currently, there no limit on clan/group membership numbers, and Ubi is planning some form of web-based support for those that form their own clans.

There's no release date other than “when it's ready” a the moment but we can expect much more from The Division very soon, ahead of the next gen console launch.

The Division Q&A

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Looks so good. Pretty over all the shooters right now but definitely going to check this out.

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