Ubisoft is a publisher that is renowned for hyping the hell out of their products. The extent to which Watch Dogs was pushed down our throats prior to its release was seriously ridiculous. Therefore, the radio silence that we're currently experiencing with The Division has me fairly worried. I'd hate to see one of the most anticipated titles of the year follow the likes of Uncharted 4 and The Legend of Zelda Wii U into 2016.
Though perhaps Ubisoft are trying out a new tactic for Tom Clancy's The Division. After all, Watch Dogs was a completely new IP, whereas I guess The Division still has links to the Tom Clancy name - which has a great track record in the industry. But it's this relationship with the Tom Clancy name that I'm fascinated about. To what degree will The Division focus on the story that it's based off and do players feel like it should be more important than its gameplay?
Tom Clancy's The Division - The Balance Between Story & Gameplay
Tom Clancy games normally place tremendous focus on immersion. You're usually pulled into a world of espionage and betrayal as the fate of the United States hangs in the balance. The Division is to be no different, but when it comes to an online action RPG, there are a great deal of elements that are inherent to the gameplay that could constantly challenge players abilities to immerse themselves in the game's plot.
That being said, the last thing I want to see happen with Tom Clancy's The Division is that it places the same degree of attention on its plot that Destiny did. I want to feel like the story motivates my every move when this game gets its release date for the XBOX One and PS4. Online games of this kind tend to place a higher emphasis on gameplay in the hopes that players will simply engage with it for potentially years based on these qualities. But that's not really what Tom Clancy games focus on a lot of the time.
Therefore, I really hope to see The Division's great setting come into play a lot more then simply having me amble through the streets. Its gameplay already sounds fantastic, particularly with its mixture of both PvP and PvE - and of course, it's a proper RPG. But take a look at Destiny - that game has sensational combat and I adore its PvP. But its missions are so repetitive and grind-y that I couldn't help but give up on it.
I really don't want to see that happen with [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) and perhaps its ties to a story-focused franchise name will ensure that we're not disappointed on its release date. But what about you guys? Do you want The Division's story to take precedent over its gameplay? Let us know in the comments!