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“We live in a complex world. We’ve created a house of cards; remove just one, and everything falls apart.” Tom Clancy’s The Division finally has a release date: March 8th, 2016. It was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 2015 conference, and along with it the new updates to the game.
The third-person shooter RPG was announced way back at Ubisoft’s E3 2013 conference. Additionally, a companion app was announced at the same time, which could be used on a tablet, allowing you to assist your friends as a drone in the game with tactical drops. The app was redacted at this year’s conference, since Ubisoft thought it would provide an unfair advantage in competitive multiplayer matches.
Although the companion app was cancelled, we finally saw our first look at The Division PvP matches, called “DarkZones.” The trailer, which is over five minutes long, shows a group making their way through a quick extraction mission in New York City, the epicenter of the story, and through it we see that there other teams, as well as AI enemies. The groups can team up and take on the enemies or kill each other and take the loot for themselves.
The Division trailer shows the two groups teaming up, without any communication between them on the headsets, and with the teamwork they can get through groups faster, but still betray the opposing team at the very end, like the team does in the trailer. Then things get interesting when the character the trailer follows abandons his group and kills his former teammates, going rogue and taking everything for himself.
This is great in theory, without real people, but I think we all know what will probably happen, especially if anyone has played DayZ. It really seems like a Destiny game, with a lot of looting and looking out for yourself or your group of friends. The PvP grounds do seem really cool, but could definitely frustrate some people that aren’t quick on the trigger.
The real question: what is the story open world like? The story is that the world falls under an epidemic on Black Friday (yes, the shopping holiday) and everything quickly goes to hell, with quarantine zones going up and factions quickly taking advantage of the quick five-day collapse of the government that followed.
Luckily, there will be a beta coming out. It comes for all those that pre-order The Division will automatically get into the beta, but those that don’t and still want to try and participate in the beta can sign up for the waitlist on the official website for The Division. Those that own an Xbox One will get to participate in the beta in December, but those that want to try on a PlayStation 4 or a PC will have to wait until early 2016.
What do you think of The Division? Is it the best or worst Tom Clancy game shown at E3 this year? Check out the release video for DarkZones, comment below, and make sure you take notice of that ever-popular Wilhelm scream around the 2:11 mark!
By: Cody Dunmire
Edited by: Emily Deaton
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