I feel like a lot of gamers are giving Ubisoft one last chance this year to revert the mounting issues they had in 2014. With Assassin's Creed Unity and The Crew, Ubisoft gave us an awful insight into their publishing priorities: get it out of the door. These titles had a great deal of issues aside from their lacking stories and boring gameplay on The Crew's part.
But if the development teams were not placed under such immense pressure to push the game out for a certain opportune (money-making) timeframe, we would have had far more polished experiences to enjoy. Then we come to Tom Clancy's The Division - a game which has been delayed literally for years. What can we expect from The Division, and could it turn out to be another hyped Ubisoft product?
Tom Clancy's The Division: Can it Avert the Watch Dogs Issue?
Watch Dogs was hyped to the extent where I felt like newborns knew what day it was getting its release date. If Half-Life 3 was released to the same kind of hyperbole, even that would disappoint. Ubisoft really oversold a product that just didn't feel very well realised. It seemed like they took the bare bones of what makes an open world game and then failed to expand on that formula. I seriously hope this isn't the case with this new online RPG.
Now with The Division, we are actually getting a new IP but it's also connected to the Tom Clancy series. Looking back on this kind-of franchise, I really can't see a game that disappointed me. Each one had its merits and if The Division can reach the same heights as the likes of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, we'll have a lot of fun on our hands - but The Division needs to be more than fun.
The Division needs to be a game that Ubisoft can support for years while continually keeping players engaged in its world. The issue can be seen with Destiny, as Activision are going to have to do something quite radical to be able to win back a huge amount of players they've lost over these few months. But I'm so afraid of The Division being pushed out once Ubisoft sees that it actually works.
A graphical downgrade is almost predestined, there's no way that they can keep up that level of quality for its release date on the PS4 and XBOX One, though perhaps on the PC. Yet Ubisoft's track record also has me worried for Tom Clancy's The Division's storyline, as well as its online functionality. But am I alone in feeling this? I've been burned too many times to give myself up to the hype of what admittedly looks like a fantastic game. But that's what E3 trailers are supposed to do!
What do you think gamers? [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) looks like a spectacular game, but could it be another over-hyped Ubisoft product on its release date?Why have they been so quiet about it for all this time? Let us know what you're thinking in the comments below!