ByTim Horton, writer at
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Tim Horton

We live in a fragile and complex world, a web of interdependent systems we rely on every day. When one fails, others follow, creating a deadly domino effect that can cripple society in just days.

In Tom Clancy’s The Division, immerse yourself in a frighteningly chaotic and devastated new york city, where society is failing!

A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City and, one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, the division agents are trained to operate independently of command, as all else fails.

Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a manmade virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it. When everything collapses, your mission begins.

The Division
The Division

If you haven't quite got the gist so far, The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which "revealed how vulnerable we've become;" society has become "fragile" and "complex." In the game, a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States to collapse in five days.

The player is part of a group called the "Strategic Homeland Division (SHD)," or "The Division" for short. This group was established to combat the threat brought about by the outbreak and are given direct authority by the President of the United States to do whatever it takes to "save what remains" in a massive multiplayer online situation, putting them against AI-controlled enemies, as well as other players in the game.

Graphics difference between Xbox One, PS4, and PC

"The term downgrade is a bit confusing and weird because we're trying to get the most out of every machine we use."

In an interview with Open World Games [YouTube], Massive's Martin Hulberg said the term "downgrade" doesn't accurately encapsulate how the studio is approaching development on The Division.

"Downgrading is a weird term to use," he said. "Obviously, we want to make a game that looks the best it can on its respective format, so Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. So I think the term downgrade is a bit confusing and weird because we're trying to get the most out of every machine we use. So Xbox gets its attention, PlayStation gets its attention, and PC of course will be able to cram it up a bit more depending on the hardware you have."
The Division
The Division

Will The Division feature the same specifications (i.e. 1080p or 60fps) across all platforms?

"We address every console, every platform as its own version," he said. "So we try to stay away from the thing where you go for the least common denominator and everybody suffers for it. We want to make a good experience on all respective formats."

As with all big titles of the 'next gen' generation there will most likely be a beta phase allowing eager fans to get early access to this incredible looking world.

"We have a long experience in doing online games dating back to Ground Control and World In Conflict," he said. "And I think the chance to involve people to do tests is very important. I suspect we will release more details on the possibilities for public tests later on."

The Division online

The Division
The Division

The Division is an online, open-world rpg experience where exploration and player-progression are essential. Use your skills, weapons and wits in combat. Play in a persistent and dynamic environment that combines the Tom Clancy series’ core authenticity and tactical decisions, rpg action, trading and much more.

Team up with friends in co-op, jump in and jump out at any time and use your combined skills to fight the crisis, investigate the sources of the virus and engage all threats… even from your own citizens. Seamlessly engage in pvp, player-to-player trading, and experience suspenseful scenarios where danger can come from anywhere and anyone.

Companion Drone
Companion Drone

You will harness state-of-the-art technology, both networked and prototyped, loot fallen foes, and craft new and improved gear. Completely customize your go-bag, an agent’s only supplies in the event of collapse, and communicate with the other agents at all times with your smart watch. Customize your agent with thousands of weapon types, skill combinations, gear, and much more. The choices you make can help forge a recovery or plunge the city deeper into chaos.


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