At Ubisoft’s E3 2014 Media Briefing, the company showed off the latest trailer of Tom Clancy’s The Division, a title we first spied at E3 2013, and announced its release is scheduled for 2015. The game was previously delayed out of a planned release this year, along with numerous other next-gen game projects across the industry.
The game follows a group of civilian elite, secretly trained to eradicate enemy forces in a post-pandemic New York. It lets players use multiple devices such as their smartphone or tablet to control characters in the massively-multiplayer strategy-shooter RPG, and was previously revealed to feature second-screen gameplay that allows players to passively oversee the battlefield and assist squadrons. Ubisoft’s demo once again showed an emphasis on co-operative gameplay and persistent stat tracking.
Ubisoft made sure to stress that The Division’s RPG component is the primary core of the experience, and players should certainly not expect a run-and-gun game. Developing characters, leveling up and managing stats will be the key to survival, though given the heavy strategy bend of any game bearing the Tom Clancy stamp, it’s unsurprising that The Division is to be a thinking player’s shooter/RPG.
Despite the unfortunate passing of Tom Clancy last year, it appears that his legacy and brand name will live on with Ubisoft. This same keynote also saw the revival of the once-dormant Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots, now re-branded as Rainbow 6: Siege. Ubisoft Motion Pictures is also developing feature films based around the Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell franchises that Clancy helped launch and lent his name to, with the latter set to star Inception’s Tom Hardy.
The Division is set to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and was later also confirmed to be receiving a PC version.
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