ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Tom Clancy's The Division is one of the most anticipated titles of 2015. With an intriguing premise, a true-RPG formula and the ability to walk around an apocalyptic New York city in the snow at our finger tips, it's no wonder why. Ubisoft Massive are busy at work on the most...well...massive game they've ever put together and we hope we get a release date soon. With a new engine powering The Division and a huge fan base eager to get their hands on it, the PS4 and XBOX One may be graced with a really great online RPG in 2015!

But of course, there are a lot of traps that The Division could fall into on its release date. We've seen it happen with Destiny, and we've actually seen a lot more recently with Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity and The Crew. The latter being a real worry as its online format often crashed and had some glaring issues. Ubisoft had better not rush this game out the gate to ensure they get those great holiday season purchases. But if its been done before, it can happen again...and again...and again.

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

But where exactly are Massive looking for inspiration? Everyone is obviously talking about Destiny due to its similarities with [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169), but in a recent interview with the game's director, David Polfeldt, he actually mentioned Rockstar. He of course acknowledged the issues that Bungie's Destiny suffered from at launch (and is still suffering from thanks to this dreadful move), but he took a look at Red Dead Redemption and GTA 5 for inspiration on both what to do and what not to do.

Tom Clancy's The Division's Director: Learning From GTA 5 & Destiny

"It’s incredibly interesting to us to watch a game like Destiny, and even if you go back further with Red Dead Redemption and GTA. Those games contained so many good ideas that are interesting to study, and then they teach us a lot and they pose some questions to choices we have made. In some cases we also discovered that they made mistakes, in our opinion, that we don’t want to repeat. It’s like a school book, and it’s interesting material that we do study them from many different angles." - David Polfedt

The Division
The Division

I sincerely hope that The Division doesn't become an incredibly hyped product like Watch Dogs. Granted, Ubisoft have been pretty quiet about the title pretty much for the guts of a year now. Knowing the company and their regular practices this is actually a bit worrying. But maybe they're turning over a new leaf (extremely unlikely)?

When it comes to looking at Destiny, I can clearly see all of the aspects of the game that I'd hate to see transfer to The Division. When it comes to GTA 5 and especially Red Dead Redemption it gets a little bit harder. Certainly with the former, I don't want to see Tom Clancy's The Division have its storyline so incredibly vague and boring, while simultaneously locked away in expansions for the next ten years. Also, please don't make it a grind fest.

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

What Do You Want From Tom Clancy's The Division On its Release Date?

But the real question is what you guys want from The Division on its release date? Is it one of your most anticipated titles of 2015? Is there anything you'd like to see it take from Destiny, GTA V or Red Dead Redemption? Be sure to let us know in the comments, fellow gamers!


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