Restore New York City’s infrastructure in The Division
posted on 06.17.13 at 06:15 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"Players will actually see the impact of what they do in the game."

In The Division, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment’s upcoming online RPG for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, New York City has been hit with a bio-terrorist attack, placing the city on lock-down. The city is in mid-crisis, but can slowly revive if players work at it. 

“A big part of the game will be restoring the infrastructure of New York,” game director Ryan Barnard told the Ubiblog. “So the players will actually see the impact of what they do in the game. They’ll fix New York, which is in this ‘mid-crisis situation’ where communication, law enforcement, power, and water are all failing.”

Barnard added, “You’ll be able to see how you basically reconnect areas of New York that have lost power or lost water back to the grid and get them functioning.”

In the E3 demo, we saw a squad of friends secure a police station. Events like these will “chain together” to help bring the city back to life. Barnard said the game is not “post-apocalyptic,” but rather a game where you experience the world “while it’s in collapse.”

In restoring New York City, you’ll play as a classless character able to switch up skills on the fly. You’ll earn skill points, which you can spend to “basically spec yourself to a role”—but the skills you’re able to acquire are “totally open.”

Barnard hopes that being open and not locked to a single class will allow for better communication and teamwork. Though, that’s not to say you can’t play the game on your own, without a team. Barnard promises it is a “wonderful single-player game.” Of course, there will also be player-versus-player matches and factions, as well.

The Division will also have its own black-market economy. “You’ll be able to craft new weapons and items for yourself or your fellow agents, or put it on the market,” Barnard said. “The market will take a cut of it, of course. But having a very deep economy is important, so players have activities that aren’t always just about fighting.”

A second-screen companion app will also be available. In the E3 demo, we saw a tablet player act as a drone, buffing allies and debuffing enemies, as the squad tried to secure the police station.

“It’s something we’re really, really proud of,” Barnard said of the companion app. “It’s where we’re really setting the bar for next-gen games. Our companion gaming is real-time simultaneous gameplay on the tablet. You will be able to play as a drone and join a group, just as if you’re another player. You have your own persistence within the drone and have progression and skills and talents, a lot like the main game. So it’s not just a fluffy armory or an application. It’s a real game client that you can use to interact with the game itself.”

The Division will have an endgame, Barnard promised, but will continue to be playable beyond the game’s ending. The team hasn’t said anything yet, but it’s also possible the game will extend beyond its ending or beyond New York City entirely.

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  • Fantasytales

    this game is looking very promising i cant wait for this.

  • xMCXx

    I just saw the E3 gameplay.
    Flew right under my radar, somehow.
    Anyway, this game looks fucking awesome!
    I’m hyped for the next generation of consoles!
    Also, weird that there’s no PC version.
    But I’m guessing it will come eventually.

    • Bryce Blalex Douglas

      Ubisoft’s conference was the best IMO.

      • xMCXx

        Yeah, pretty much.^^

      • Zero

        I have to disagree. I was sorta bummed they didn’t show more gameplay. I wanted to see a live demo of South Park, AC IV, Watch Dogs, etc. Instead of some quick trailers.

        Yes, they did demo AC IV and Watch Dogs during the Sony event. The AC IV demo fudged up, Watch Dogs was great though. I just would have liked to see those at Ubisoft’s own conference. They also didn’t show anything from Prince of Persia or Rainbow Six.

        I think the Division looks great. I just feel like they had a better event the last two years. It wasn’t a train wreck or anything, not at all, but it could have been better.

        (I don’t think anyone had a poor event this year, even EA did much better. I guess I could criticize Nintendo for not having an event at all. I liked the Direct’s but I hope they have an actual press even next year.)

        • Elvick

          Most importantly… no sign of Beyond Good & Evil 2.


          • Zero

            How did I forget about that? Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    While this game looks fantastic and I’m definitely getting it, I hope the whole “online persistent world” doesn’t become the norm for next Gen games. I don’t mind some games but I hope it’s not the majority of new games.

    • xMCXx

      I’m also not the biggest fan of online mp, but they really pull it off very well in The Division and The Crew.

      • Bryce Blalex Douglas

        Which is why I’ll be getting both of them lol

  • Solomon_Kano

    Yea, I’m looking forward to this greatly. Always been a fan of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy games and this one looks especially good.

  • whiteferrero

    I’m soooo excited for this game already. was there ever a release window mentioned?

    • Bobby Jennings


  • Strid

    Looks like a match made in heaven for me gameplay wise, being a huge MMORPG fan as well as a Tom Clancy fan. That said, I don’t buy shooting games unless they are on PC.

  • Kurisu Makise

    I have to say, they’re saying the right things to keep me interested in the title so far. Really liking what I’m hearing about the companion app, that sounds like good fun when you’re not quite able to be near your platform of choice.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Now I’m super hyped! *O* Can’t wait!

  • Chestnut Bowl

    This and Destiny are probably the 2014 titles I’m most looking forward to.

  • SageShinigami

    “The city is in mid-crisis, but can slowly revive if players work at it.”

    I think they just got my money. Damn. Post-apocalyptic sucks, but if the focus is on recovery rather than dwelling on how shitty things are, I might get it.