VGX 2013: Tom Clancy’s The Division Will Be Very Pretty Thanks To SnowdropBy: Zach Walton - December 9, 2013
At E3 2013, Ubisoft surprised all of us with a new game called Tom Clancy’s The Division. At the time, all we learned was that it was a multiplayer-focused class-based shooter set in a United States that’s been ravaged by a disease. There’s not been a lot said about it since, but it finally got a new trailer Saturday night at VGX.
Instead of showing new gameplay or talking about the plot, Saturday’s trailer for The Division introduced us to the Snowdrop engine. This new game engine, built specifically with The Division in mind, is said to allow the developers to immerse players in more realistic environments than ever before.
While it’s not exactly the kind of bombastic trailer that one would expect from VGX, it is nice to see a focus on the technology used in games instead of guns and dubstep. It’s impressive technology too, especially the dynamic material shaders that allow the world to react realistically to snowfall and other weather. With this kind of technology, we’re one step closer to a true next-gen reboot of snowboarding games.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently planned for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The title will reportedly be released in Q4 2014, but Ubisoft is no stranger to delaying its next-gen games.[Image: gametrailers/YouTube]