E3 2013: Tom Clancy’s The Division Announced, Previewed [VIDEO]By: Sean Patterson - June 12, 2013
Continuing with its “scare the crap out of everyone” presentation style established in announcements for Watch Dogs, Ubisoft used the example of a pandemic to show how “fragile” our society is. After setting up the scare, the publisher followed up by announcing Tom Clancy’s The Division, a new cooperative multiplayer shooter coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year.
The game is an “open-world RPG” in which players will take on the role of a secret agent in New York City just 3 weeks after a pandemic has caused society to collapse. The landscape is ruined, with looters and “clans” vying for control of the streets.
A gameplay demo during the Ubisoft presentation showed that teaming up is heavily encouraged, and that players will also be able to participate in the game via a tablet app. PVP elements between rival secret agents were also teased near the end of the demo.
With all that said, The Division seems similar to Defiance, the shooter/mmo/TV show that has failed to take off in a big way this year. Aside from the third-person perspective, gameplay in The Division also seems similar to another of the most-anticipated games of next year: Bungie’s Destiny. Both feature multiplayer, open-world gameplay and seem to focus on Borderlands-style loot-seeking.